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In 2017, Canada marks its 150th anniversary of Confederation. Join the celebration of everything that is truly Canadian in our community – our rich cultural diversity and heritage; our exceptional parks, trails and waterfront spaces; and Mississauga's commitment to excellence that makes great things happen.

From main stage events in Mississauga Celebration Square to neighbourhood block parties and public art installations, there are countless ways to celebrate Canada in Mississauga.


Mayor's Message

Canada 150 is a tremendous opportunity to celebrate our country and our city. Together, we will mark this important milestone of Confederation and the founding of our respected, peaceful and leading nation. As we reflect on our country's history, and look toward the future, Mississauga encompasses the very best of Canada. Mississauga has grown from farm fields and fruit trees into a vibrant, prosperous and thriving place so many Canadians continue to choose for a better, more promising life. With lasting legacy projects underway and meaningful ways for everyone to join in local celebrations, Canada 150 will be memorable in Mississauga.


What's Happening

Mississauga Celebration Square plays host to our Canada 150 main stage events. Don't miss the chance to celebrate in style with local music, great food and fun for the whole family.



New Year's Eve

December 31, 2016
Mississauga Celebration Square
8:00 pm - midnight
Countdown to 2017 at Celebration Square. Ring in the New Year with high energy performances by Coleman Hell, DiRTY RADiO and Sickick. Grab a bit to eat from one of the many delicious food trucks, and enjoy a fireworks show at midnight. For more info


Canada Day

July 1, 2017
Mississauga Celebration Square
2:00 pm - 10:30 pm

Celebrate Canada 150 in the heart of the city. Enjoy live performances and a concert with internationally-renowned Canadian recording artists and local musicians. Enjoy over 25 food trucks, Canadiana-inspired kids programming, and an unforgettable fireworks finale. For more info

Find Canada Day celebrations taking place in communities across the City - Port Credit, Malton, Churchill Meadows, and Streetsville.



Light up the Square

November 25, 2017
Mississauga Celebration Square
5:00 pm – 9:00 pm
Lace up your skates and bring on the holiday cheer. Light Up the Square is the official start of the holiday season at Celebration Square. Join Mayor Crombie for winter treats and holiday entertainment. For more info

Here's a preview of the City of Mississauga’s Canada 150 events and programs. For a full list of community-organized events taking place in Mississauga or to submit your own event, visit the Community Calendar. To learn more about festivals and events taking place across the City, visit the Discover Mississauga website.
 
One Book, One Mississauga

July 1, 2017 – November 2017
Local library branches

An exciting new program for 2017, One Book, One Mississauga encourages everyone to read the same book. Think of it as one big book club. For more info

 

 
Official Unveiling of Canada 150 Public Art

Tuesday, November 21, 2017
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm
Mississauga Celebration Square

Unveiling of Conference at the Council House.


Past events

 
Erika Defreitas: Bringing Water Back to Bradley

Contact Photography Festival | Featured Exhibition
May 3 – August 20

Anchorage at the Bradley Museum site.

This art exhibit examines how heritage house museums are experienced using Lake Ontario as poetic inspiration.

 

Hurontario Tree Wraps
CAN Colours 150:

November 2016 – April 2017
Hurontario Street (Downtown Mississauga)

Check out the tree wraps on Hurontario Street created by artists Amy Mailloux and Tony Di Nardo. For more info

 

Mayor's Levee

January 15, 2017
Civic Centre, 300 City Centre Drive
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Meet and greet Mayor Bonnie Crombie and Members of Council at this annual event.

 

Do Your Homework: Hazel McCallion

April 12 – 26th
Glass Pavilion and Great Hall Civic Centre

This exhibition will present the most captivating moments of Hazel McCallion's political career. For more info

 
Lorne Park Library 50th Anniversary

Saturday, April 8, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Music, displays and historical exhibits related to the history of the library. For more info

 
Earth Day Tree Planting: One Million Trees

April 22, 2017

Participate in Earth Day Tree planting as we plant 150 trees in every ward across Mississauga. For more info

 
National Access Awareness Week

Monday, June 5, 2017
Great Hall, Civic Centre
11:00 am – 3:00 pm

This event will showcase the advances made in accessibility at the City.
For more info

Fresh Air Fitness featuring ParticipACTION 150 Play list

June 14, 2017
Mississauga Celebration Square
7:00 pm – 9:00 pm

Four, 20-minute outdoor fitness activations including latin, yoga, socacize and zumba featuring ParticipACTION 150 Play list. All ages and ability-levels are invited to join in the fitness and fun. For more info

 

 
Bradley Museum 50th Anniversary

June 24, 2017
Bradley Museum
10:00 am – 4:00 pm

Celebrate the 50th anniversary of this lovely historic house. For more info

 
Lakeview Library 50th Anniversary

July 4, 2017 6:00 pm – 8:30 pm

Music, fun and family events to celebrate the 50th anniversary and the library's annual block party.

 
Official Celebration of Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program

Saturday, September 16, 2017
11:00 am – 1:00 pm

Riverwood

The official celebration of Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program
(CIP 150) projects in Mississauga.

 
Earth Market

Saturday, September 23, 2017
1:00 – 9:00 pm

Mississauga Celebration Square

An Earth Market is a one-stop shop market like experience for all things green, featuring environmental exhibitors and vendors, music, local and sustainable food and more! For more info

 
Streetsville Library 50th Anniversary

Saturday, September 23, 2017
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Fun filled events for all ages to celebrate this 1967 centennial library.

 
Welcome Day

Saturday, October 14, 2017
10:00 am – 1:00 pm

Mississauga Civic Centre

New to Mississauga? Learn about City services and programs. FREE family activities coffee & snacks, an information fair, a City bus tour and meet Members of Council. First 150 guests will receive a FREE Canada 150 souvenir. For more info

 
Huron Park Community Centre 50th Anniversary

Saturday, October 21, 2017
12:30 pm – 4:00 pm

Celebrations kick off with an official ceremony followed by free swimming, skating and BBQ. For more info

 


Legacy

Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Projects

The City of Mississauga was awarded approximately $5.6 million in Government of Canada
funding for 54 infrastructure rehabilitation projects through Intake 1 and 2 of the Canada 150
Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150)
. The CIP 150 approved City projects include the
rehabilitation of 19 trails, 26 playgrounds and specific renovation projects at Lake Aquitaine Park,
Riverwood, South Common Community Centre and the Small Arms Inspection Building.

The official celebration of Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150)
projects in Mississauga took place on Saturday, Sept. 16 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m. at Riverwood.

The Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program (CIP 150) is a $300-million national
fund that was established to celebrate Canada's 150th birthday through investments in the
community spaces that bring Canadians together. Of that amount, the Federal Economic
Development Agency for Southern Ontario
(FedDev Ontario) is delivering funding of up
to $88.8 million across Southern Ontario.

Funded by / Financé par:

 

The City of Mississauga has commissioned Hadley Howes & Maxwell Stephens (Studio of Received Ideas) to create a public art installation on Mississauga Celebration Square in recognition of Canada 150.

Conference at the Council House will draw attention to the rich Indigenous history of the area and region that is now known as Mississauga. The artwork will feature an artistic replica of the tower that tops the historic Council House, built 132 years ago, on the Mississauga of the New Credit First Nation Reserve in Hagersville. Thirty birds cast in bronze and painted in vivid colours will be placed on and around the tower to signify the diverse community that inhabits the area today.

The artwork is supported through a contribution of $199,000 from the Department of Canadian Heritage. Ce project a été rendu possible partie grâce au gouvernement du Canada.

The project will be unveiled on Tuesday, November 21st at 3 p.m. as part of the City's year-long celebration to engage Canadians and newcomers on issues of identity, culture and the place of Indigenous peoples in contemporary society.

Funded by the Government of Canada. Financé par le gouvernement du Canada.



canada.ca/150

 

 


Get Involved

Mississauga Bike Challenge

Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2017 Mississauga bike challenge. Participants logged an amazing 204,026 kilometres between June 29th and September 17th, surpassing the 150,000 kilometre community goal by 54,024 kilometres. As a result, 1360 trees will be planted in Mississauga in the fall of 2017 and the spring of 2018. To read more about the program click here


Canada 150 Community Conversations

As part of the Canada 150 celebrations, the City of Mississauga has been concentrating on building strong and respectful partnerships with the Indigenous community. The Culture Division and Museums of Mississauga have worked with community facilitators to lead conversations across the city in 2017 to discuss reconciliation from an Indigenous perspective. The following sessions were held:

Understanding Community Responsibilities in Reconciliation
May 31, 2017, 6 p.m.
Studio.89, 104-1065 Canadian Pl, Mississauga

Memorialization and Erasure: Highlighting Historical and Current Realities of Reconciliation
June 28, 2017, 6 p.m.
Burnhamthorpe Library Program Room, 101-3650 Dixie Rd, Mississauga

Finding (Your) Place: Reconciliation, Diversity and Community-Building
July 26, 2017, 6 p.m.
Civic Centre, Committee Room A, 300 City Centre Dr, Mississauga

Watch for more programming coming this fall.

This project has been possible in part by the Government of Canada. Ce project a été rendu possible partie grâce au gouvernment du Canada.


Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge

Celebrate Canada’s 150th Anniversary by giving back to your community and your country and making a difference in the lives of Canadians. The Canada 150 for 150 Volunteer Challenge is a nation-wide movement led by Volunteer Ottawa in partnership with Volunteer Canada and Volunteer Centres across the country. The goal is to have Canadians give 150 hours of volunteer time in 2017 in celebration of Canada’s 150th anniversary. For more information on the challenge, visit the website at volunteer150for150.ca

For ways you can volunteer in Mississauga, visit our City of Mississauga Volunteer Page.


Mississauga's Biggest Birthday Card

Thanks to everyone who signed the City's Big Birthday Card!

After travelling through Mississauga over the last four months to libraries, community centres, the City Centre Transit Terminal and special events, it is estimated that thousands of residents and visitors contributed to the card panels. Because the card proved to be so popular, the City will be making an official Guinness World Record attempt for the world's longest greeting card.

On Tuesday, June 27 the signed card panels were joined together on Mississauga Celebration Square. The combined panels created a birthday card that was more than 150 feet long! What better way to wish Canada a Happy 150th Birthday than with 150 feet of heartfelt best wishes.

For more details and photographs of this world record attempt – click here.

These were the Birthday Card signing locations:

March 10 - 21

March 10 - 19

Mar 22 – Apr 3

Mar 23 – June 23

Apr 4 – 17

Apr 18 – May 1

May 2 – 15

May 27 – 28

June 1 (10 am - noon)

June 14 (7 - 9 pm)

June 16 - 20

June 20 (11 am - 6 pm)

  • City Centre Transit Terminal, 200 Rathburn Road West

June 25 (noon - 2 pm)

  • Councillor Fonseca Ward 3 Family BBQ and Fun Swim
  • Applewood Heights Park and Outdoor Pool, 3119 Constitution Blvd
    (weather permitting)

Neighbourhood Celebration Kits

Sauga Celebrates Canada 150!

Due to popular demand, we have distributed all Canada 150 Neighbourhood Celebration Kits. To find out more about how to host your own outdoor celebration in Mississauga, visit our special events page or email saugacelebrates@mississauga.ca.