Downtown Mississauga is home to an abundance of amenities including a vast selection of dining and shopping options including Square One, Canada’s 2nd largest shopping centre. With a strong emphasis on arts and culture, the Downtown is a great location to host your next meeting, watch a live show at the Living Arts Centre, or be inspired at the Mississauga Art Gallery. It’s also the perfect place to relax and energize. Whether it’s the serene Japanese Gardens of Kariya Park or the intersecting paths that wind through Scholar’s Green, there is always a great spot to sit down and unwind.
Downtown Mississauga is anchored by Canada’s 2nd largest shopping centre, Square One which attracts 25 million shopping visits annually and has seen more than $500 million in improvements over the past five years. A significant portion of this investment has elevated the customer offering, delivering a richer community experience by strengthening food, beverage and entertainment options. The most recent redevelopment includes the 34,000 square foot Food District, an artisanal food market featuring an array of specialty products, restaurants, tastings and cooking events.
In total, Square One boasts over 300 stores and eateries. Having an abundance of retail and services within walking distance, makes running errands quick and easy during a lunch break or after work.
Taste your way through Downtown’s food scene with over 140 restaurants to choose from that can satisfy any palette. From Thai, to Indian, from Mexican to Mediterranean you will find a great selection of cultural food options. Many of the restaurants, cafes and bars have outdoor patios, live music and happy hour specials – a perfect way to end your work day.
Celebration Square is an open-air accessible public square, urban park and the City’s premier venue for outdoor events that attracts over 750,000 visitors each year and is home to hundreds of free annual festivals and events. Visitors can relax with a book, splash in the fountain in the summer or skate during the winter months, stay connected with free Wi-Fi, grab a bite to eat or enjoy a diverse mix of activities such as festivals, concerts, movies, fitness classes and more.
Celebration Square is also home to the Farmer’s Market which runs from June to October every year. Farmers offer a broad variety of items including homemade preserves, baked goods, honey, and the finest selection of Ontario fruits and vegetables in the city.
Theatre & Cinema
The Living Arts Centre is an arts and culture facility in downtown Mississauga and offers three theatres, seven visual art studios, 12 meeting rooms and a restaurant. Each year it welcomes more than 400,000 visitors and hosts hundreds of performing arts, educational, community and corporate events. This venue is also perfect to book corporate events and team meetings.
The downtown is also home to Cineplex Cinemas, which is a movie theatre and family entertainment centre offering 13 screens showing the newest and biggest movies.
Downtown Mississauga is home to the newly renamed Hazel McCallion Central Library which will re-open in 2023 and house new and exciting features that will offer five floors of services and resources including additional Makerspace and Maker elements that will include: sound and video studios, maker studio, digitization, digital creation and virtual reality.
During the renovation period, approximately 28,000 sq. ft. of public space will be added within the existing building, along with plans for an additional 6,000 sq. ft. of secondary space on the fourth floor.
Parks & Trails
Take a stroll to one of our 15 existing downtown parks or explore a range of trails during lunch breaks or after work meet-ups. One of the City’s hidden gems is Kariya Park, a Japanese garden that is a popular site for visitors in the springtime to see the cherry blossoms in bloom. The City is continuously planning to expand and improve downtown parks by building three new parks and redeveloping Zonta Meadows and John Cleary parks.
Public Art &
Scattered across the downtown are temporary and permanent public art collections that draws on Mississauga’s natural and living heritage, culture and environment. The City encourages public art as an integral component of public works, facilities and spaces. The City’s downtown alone has close to 20 pieces of public art available for viewing.
Downtown Mississauga is also home to the Art Gallery of Mississauga which presents a changing calendar of contemporary, thought-provoking, engaging and accessible exhibitions featuring regional, national and international artists.
Millions of people visit Downtown Mississauga every year to attend the large variety of festivals, shows, concerts and events. Join in the fun and experience the vibrancy of the downtown and see what’s happening below.
Quality of Life is vital to Mississauga, according to the 2019 Citizen Satisfaction Survey, 89% of Mississauga residents rate Quality of Life as Excellent or Good.
Health and safety remain a top priority for the City with a commitment to make Mississauga the healthiest and safest community in Canada. We’re serviced by Trillium Health Partners – one of the largest community-based academically affiliated acute care facilities in Canada, serving the growing and diverse populations of Mississauga, West Toronto and surrounding communities. We’re also protected by Peel Regional Police, the 2nd largest municipal police service in Ontario and the 3rd largest in Canada.
With over 55% of residents born outside of Canada, Mississauga also welcomes people of all cultures and backgrounds. We are open to newcomers and able to produce, attract and retain first-rate local and international talent across all sectors – something we’re extremely proud of.
An Urban Centre on the Rise
This is only the beginning. The plan for the largest mixed-use downtown development in Canadian history has begun. Downtown Mississauga is undergoing a major transformation that will become the number one location for people and businesses to connect, work and grow.