July 7, 2016 marks the 35th anniversary of our sister-city relationship with Kariya, Japan. Learn more about the 35th anniversary gift exchange ceremony that took place at Civic Centre.
Since 1981, Mississauga has proudly called Kariya its sister city. The sister city initiative was introduced in the 1950s as a way to develop communication networks between cities of the world. The main goal was to reduce misunderstandings and conflict between nations, particularly in the aftermath of World War II.
The benefits of sister city partnerships go well beyond friendship. They are a way for both cities to enhance their global reputation and trade, to provide learning opportunities for governments and businesses, and to provide a cultural and educational exchange between both cities. Mississauga now boasts some 99 Japanese companies that contribute to the local economy.
In honour of our sister city, Kariya Park was designed in 1989 and opened in July 1992 to honour the 11th anniversary of the sister city relationship. Learn more about Kariya Park.