For Immediate Release

June 27th, 2016

Statement on Canadian Multiculturalism Day

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, I join with all residents to recognize Canadian Multiculturalism Day.

“In Mississauga we celebrate the diversity of our citizens, their cultural backgrounds, and faiths. Over half of all Mississauga residents were born outside Canada and our people speak a remarkable 200 different languages from over 150 countries. Diversity is one of our biggest and most dynamic strengths as a world-class city. It links us culturally and economically with global communities.

“Today is an opportunity for us to acknowledge, reflect on, and be proud of the important and lasting contributions of all our City’s many multicultural communities.

“Mississauga’s Celebration Square, in the heart of our City, has become a thriving hub for multicultural celebrations.  Whether residents are gathering at Celebration Square to participate in the Filipino event of Fiesta ng Kalayaan; the Mississauga Ukrainian or Polish Festivals; MuslimFest; Bollywood Monster Mashup or the upcoming Canada Day festivities, every day is Multiculturalism Day in Mississauga.

“This year marks the 35th anniversary of our sister-city relationship with Kariya. I take pride in the strong relationship that Japan and Mississauga enjoy. This is yet another way in which we celebrate a greater appreciation and understanding of cultural traditions and shared values.

“We are fortunate to call Mississauga home. Ours is a community that embraces the diversity of its people and the invaluable contributions multiculturalism makes towards elevating the quality of life for all residents.”