A decade is a long time, at least in the eyes of a human. So much can change in a decade that it’s often quite shocking to look at where you were at the beginning compared to the end. Hopefully for the better.
And that much isn’t just true of people, but of cities too. To be clear, most cities in most countries don’t alter or change that much through the years, but Canada is such a young and rapidly developing country that our cities are evolving at an incredible clip. It’s truly a sight to behold.
Of course, one of the most fundamental changes to Mississauga in the past ten years was the passing of the executive powers. Hurricane Hazel McCallion stepped aside in 2014, after an astounding 36 years as Mayor of Mississauga, and she was replaced by Bonnie Crombie. Hazel’s final few years in office were rather uneventful, in a good way, and she handed the city over to Mayor Crombie in the best possible shape. Mayor Crombie has all-but continued blazing the trail that the Hurricane laid, taking the city to greater and greater heights, both literally and figuratively. She was re-elected in 2018, so we can have a few more good years of Mayor Crombie and not many are complaining.
When thinking about how a place has changed and evolved, we tend to immediately think about physical transformations; like new buildings, new roads, communities, etc. And Mississauga has seen no shortage of those kind of changes, with the most obvious and largest having come way back in 2010.
January 1st 2010 to be exact. That was the date that Mississauga bought land from the town of Milton, and expanded its borders by a further 400 acres. That pushed the city borders to the 407 Highway and brought some new residents into the fold. We haven’t seen any big changes like this since – and we’re unlikely to – but it was a big day for the city.
Of course, other physical transformations were no less exciting, whether you’re talking about new stores and shopping areas that sprung up during the past decade, or restaurants, museums, housing developments, and even Sheridan College. Not to mention Square One’s incredible expansions that took the mall to a new echelon and established as the second biggest in the entirety of North America.
As for restaurants, the 2010’s saw Mississauga’s already-great food scene blow up in a big way. Hundreds of new restaurants have opened this past decade, transforming the city into a foodie’s dream. People now come to our city to experience the diverse array of food, and that’s something to be really proud of. These restaurants, bars, and clubs are the lifeblood of area’s like Port Credit, and help make them a tourist destination.
Speaking of which, Mississauga’s Celebration Square was born in 2006 but the 2010’s are when it found its footing. The Square plays host to hundreds of events throughout the year, from free movie showings to yoga nights, and more cultural events than you could shake the proverbial stick at. The Square blossomed into Mississauga’s heart in this past decade; it’s where we watched the Toronto Raptors win the NBA Championship, and where Bianca Andreescu returned to celebrate her U.S Women’s Open win over Serena Williams.
Every other week the Square hosts a great big event to celebrate a particular culture, from Egypt to Italy, Japan to Latin America. And that reminds us of just how culturally diverse Mississauga has become this past decade. The 2010’s saw Canada skyrocket up the list of most desirable country to migrate to; placing just third behind The United States and Germany.
For almost a century, the majority of immigrants coming to Canada were from Britain, Ireland, France, Germany, Poland, and America. However the fall of communism saw more Eastern European countries enter the fray, and world events saw people from Asia and the Middle East come in flocks. To the point where the majority of immigrants in Canada today are from the latter two countries.
Of course, mass immigration inspires queries and concerns about infrastructure and jobs. And these concerns are especially prevalent in a country like Canada, where the majority of people live right along the border of the States. That said, Canada has thus far been something of a shining example to the rest of the world on how to handle immigration processes, and integrate new cultures, making them feel like part of the intrinsic fabric.
With that many new people coming to the city though, it’s no surprise just how quickly the city is growing. It seems like every direction you look there is a construction site with new high-rise apartment and condo buildings going-up, as well as brand new, massive developments like Brightwater in Port Credit. So it’s no real surprise that Mayor Crombie recently said “It’s the new Mississauga. We don’t build single-family homes any more; we build condo and townhomes.”
We’d be remiss if we didn’t talk about the real estate market, which is the one area of the city that is perhaps heading in the wrong direction, depending on your outlook. The real estate market in Mississauga has been steadily rising over the past decade, with houses and apartments increasing upwards of 60%! It’s a worrying trend that is set to continue in 2020 and beyond, leading us to wonder how anyone who isn’t handed a fortune will ever buy a home again.
As for a more positive final note, the 2010’s saw Mississauga become a go-to destination for movie and TV filming companies. Netflix in particular became big proponents of the city, filming shows like The Umbrella Academy, Titans, Schitt’s Creek, and Black Mirror. Though it wasn’t just Netflix, other movies and shows like The Handmaid’s Tale, A Simple Favour, The Shape of Water, Downsizing, and The Boys, also sought Mississauga as their filming destination.
So, suffice to say, the 2010’s were rather eventful and transformative for Mississauga. The city exploded in just about every way; from hundreds of thousands of new citizens to a new mayor, from hundreds of new restaurants and cuisines to sports stars taking the world by storm, from land expansions to new waves of art. The city is growing faster than ever, and we could never have predicted the ways it has changed since 2010 until now. That makes us incredibly excited for where we’ll be in 2030, especially with the projects we already know about, from the Hurontario LRT to the proposed sports stadium. Mississauga is Canada’s sixth largest city, but another decade like the one we just had and it will be even higher.