Planning on looking for a home in Mississauga? Well, making your decision will be a lot easier if you know what you're getting into. Like you do when you meet new people you're interested in, let's take the city of Mississauga, Ontario out on a date to see if you have chemistry.

YOU: So, Mississauga, what do you do for a living?

MISSISSAUGA: Well, a little of this and a little of that. I own the headquarters offices of over sixty major franchises in Canada, many of which are Fortune 500 companies. My favorites are pharmaceuticals, computer equipment, and transportation. So I'm into industry, but I also like a suburban lifestyle.

YOU: You mean: 2.5 kids, house, dog, picket fence and all that?

MISSISSAUGA: Yes. Most days I commute to work at a Toronto firm and then come home at the end of the day to my lovely big house with the yard and the garage that I would never have been able to afford closer to downtown Toronto.

YOU: So how long does it take you to get to work?

MISSISSAUGA: Oh it depends. 25 minutes if the traffic isn't bad. About an hour if things are backed up. So most of the time I actually end up taking public transit. The GO Train gets me there in less than half an hour. Plus it's better for the environment.

YOU: So are you environmentally conscious?

MISSISSAUGA: Well, not really. I mean, I recycle of course. But I'm more concerned about building myself economically and attracting more international companies. I do have some nice parks, though. Sometimes I like to go play 18 holes or take a walk on the Valley trail.

YOU: Parks are nice. What else do you like to do in your spare time?

MISSISSAUGA: Shop. I love shopping. In fact, I probably have more shopping malls than any of the other suburbs. Some of them are only little ones with shops that trade money for jewelry in them, but then there's Square One. I love Square One. It's huge. It's got everything.

YOU: Forgive me if I'm being forward, but does it bother you that I'm Indian/Chinese/Tamil/Italian/Australian/seeking refugee status?

MISSISSAUGA: No! Not at all! I love to meet new people and learn about their cultures. In fact, I've got quite a few friends who weren't born here. Over 45% of them. Most of them speak other languages!


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