Mississauga is home to more than 18,000 companies ranging from corporate head offices and industrial branch operations to corner store retail businesses, and including 50 of Canada's Fortune 500. The Mississauga business community is facing certain issues at this time. With international competition, political and economic changes and rapidly advancing technology, companies require more adaptable and more highly skilled workers. Employers recognize the need to retrain the existing labour force and incorporate those who would like to work but have been limited so far due to low skill levels and other barriers.

Mississauga has provided an ideal environment for small businesses. Many developers have built small multiple units which provide efficient and affordable accommodations for small companies. The economic stability of Mississauga is enhanced by thousands of small and medium-sized businesses. A large percentage of these employers have fewer than 50 employees.

An employment survey conducted in 1994 indicated that the greatest number of firms and of employees were active in the manufacturing/warehouse sectors followed by retail and wholesale sectors. There will be a shift in the employment base away from traditional manufacturing and towards: light assembly, warehouse distribution, and general services. The strong industries in Mississauga are: pharmaceuticals, electronics, computer, chemical and transportation parts and equipment industries. Heavy industry includes the Petro-Canada refinery and St. Lawrence Cement.

Mississauga demographics indicate that the labour market is experiencing some fairly dramatic changes. It is predicted that in the next ten years, 70% of the new Canadian work force will consist of women, racial minorities, and people with disabilities. It is also evident that the Mississauga labour force is aging as fewer young people are available to take entry level jobs and many present employees are struggling to adapt to the changing economic climate.

Primary Employers

  • AECL (Atomic Energy of Canada Limited)
  • Air Canada
  • Avis Car & Truck Rental
  • Bell Mobility
  • Canada Customs and Revenue Agency
  • Canada Post (Gateway Postal Facility)
  • Cara Operations
  • City of Mississauga
  • Compaq
  • Credit Valley Hospital
  • Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board
  • Federal Express Canada Ltd.
  • GE Canada
  • GlaxoSmithKline
  • Hershey's Canada
  • Hewlett-Packard (Canada) Ltd.
  • Honeywell
  • Loblaws Companies East
  • Microsoft Corporation
  • Ministry of Transportation (Ontario)
  • Peel District School Board
  • Petro-Canada
  • Pepsico Canada Ltd.
  • Praxair Canada Inc.
  • Prophix Software Inc.
  • PPG Canada Inc.
  • Purolator Courier
  • Research In Motion Ltd.
  • RBC Financial
  • Siemens AG
  • TD Bank Financial Group
  • Texaco (oils and additives)
  • Trillium Health Group
  • Wal-Mart Stores Ltd.
  • Xerox Corporation