For Immediate Release

June 27th, 2017

Statement on Canadian Multiculturalism Day

“On behalf of the City of Mississauga and Members of Council, we join with all residents to celebrate 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.

“Next week we celebrate the 150th anniversary of Confederation and our country’s founding. As we reflect on Mississauga’s proud history and promising future, let us remember the enduring nation-building contributions of newcomers.

“Council and staff invite all residents to join us for Canada Day festivities at Celebration Square. Located in the heart of our City, Celebration Square has become a thriving hub for multicultural celebrations.

“During Canada Day festivities we will assemble Mississauga’s Canada 150 Birthday Card – a card that is over 155 feet in length, with 10,000 different signatures, drawings and other contributions.

“Many of the messages presented on the card are written in different languages – a true reflection of Mississauga’s multiculturalism. And by the fall, we should know if Mississauga has set a Guinness World Record!

“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.”