Demographics

In 2006, Mississauga had a population of 695,000, up over 150,000 from a decade earlier. With just over 40% of the city's population having a language other than English as their mother tongue, the city is relatively diverse, perhaps owing to its proximity to Toronto. More than 30% of Mississauga's population speaks more than one language.

Because the city is so close to Toronto, it contains many people of different cultures. Many of them live in the comfortable housing areas in the city outside the hustle and bustle of Toronto.

Ethnic make-up

From Statistics Canada 2001 Census Data:

  • White: 59.3%
  • South Asian: 14.9%
  • Black: 6.2%
  • Chinese: 5.9%
  • Filipino: 4.0%
  • Arab: 1.9%
  • South-east Asian: 1.6%
  • Latin-American: 1.5%
  • Korean: 0.8%
  • West Asian: 0.7%
  • Aboriginal: 0.3%
  • Japanese: 0.3%
  • Other Visible Minority: 1.6%
  • Multiple Visible Minorities: 0.8%

Religious make-up

  • Catholic: 42.1%
  • Protestant: 21.8%
  • Eastern Orthodox: 3.1%
  • Other Christian: 2.9%
  • Muslim: 6.9%
  • Hindu: 4.8%
  • Sikh: 3.8%
  • Buddhist: 1.9%
  • Other: 12.0%

First Language

From Statistics Canada 1996 Census Data:

  • 59% English
  • 4.4% Polish
  • 4.2% Chinese
  • 3.6% Italian
  • 3.6% Punjabi
  • 3.2% Portuguese
  • 1.9% Tagalog (Filipino)
  • 1.7% Spanish
  • 1.4% Arabic
  • 1.3% Croatian
  • 1.3% French
  • 1% Urdu
  • 10.6% Other
  • 36.9% Multiple language responses