The City of Mississauga, established in 1974, is considered relatively young. However, the
history of the area that it comprises goes back thousands of years. Natives traversed the area
for centuries. French traders dubbed the Ojibwa natives that settled here
Mississaugas, after the river where they first settled in central Ontario.
Eventually the British Crown took over this land and European settlement ensued. Many little
villages comprised the area in the nineteenth and into the twentieth century. Some of the
larger ones can still be identified, to varying degrees, as vibrant communities within the
city. These include Clarkson, Cooksville, Dixie, Erindale, Malton, Meadowvale Village, Port
Credit and Streetsville. The latter two villages became towns in 1961 and 1962 respectively.
The remainder of the area became the Town of Mississauga in 1968. In 1974, the Towns of
Mississauga, Port Credit, Streetsville, as well as portions of the Township of Toronto Gore and
Trafalgar, were amalgamated into the City of Mississauga.
The City of Mississauga offers Heritage Planning services, Museums and a local history
resource centre at Mississauga Central Library called the Canadiana Room. The City also assists
in funding Heritage Mississauga, a not-for-profit charity that provides research, advocacy and
interpretation. For more information on Heritage Planning or any of these other Heritage Services, including the
Heritage Advisory Committee, please click on the appropriate links.