News release

Mississauga Celebrates 40 Years of Twinning with Sister City, Kariya, Japan

Entertainment and activities | July 5, 2021

On July 7, the City of Mississauga will mark 40 years of friendship with its sister city, Kariya, Japan. The two cities first marked their twinning in 1981 and will celebrate this significant milestone with a virtual ceremony.

“We are honoured and excited to mark this momentous milestone with our sister city, Kariya, Japan. The twinning has brought our two countries closer together in so many ways,” said Mayor Bonnie Crombie. “The cultural and economic opportunities brought to Mississauga through our twinning have helped us to become the thriving, global city we are today. We are proud to have a world-class city like Kariya as a sister city and I look forward to marking another 40 years of friendship.”

Virtual Celebration of Mississauga and Kariya’s 40th sister city anniversary


  • Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie
  • Kariya Mayor Takeshi Inagaki
  • Consul General of Japan in Toronto Sasayama Takuya
  • Ward 6 Mississauga Councillor and recipient of “Order of the Rising Sun, Gold and Silver Rays” award, Ron Starr
  • Former Mississauga Mayor, Hazel McCallion
  • Chairperson of Kariya City Council, Mr. Kohichi Toyama
  • Presidents of Mississauga and Kariya Friendship Associations

Wednesday, July 7, 2021, 8 p.m.

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The celebration will also include a virtual gift exchange between the two cities as well as a musical performance by Mississauga artists Matt Zaddy and Heather Christine of River North.

Mississauga’s sister city friendship with Kariya provides unique cultural and educational exchange opportunities for students, businesses and City staff. This partnership also enhances the City’s global reputation and trade. Over 100 Japanese companies now contribute to Mississauga’s local economy.

For more information on Mississauga’s sister city program, visit


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