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Mississauga, Ontario (City)

Canada is a country in the northern half of North America. It is the 2nd largest country in the world in area, after Russia, and has the longest coastline of any country in the world, being next to the Pacific, Arctic, and Atlantic Oceans. Canada has the highest mountain range in the whole world. Around 30 million people live in Canada's ten provinces and three territories. Ottawa is the capital of Canada.
Mississauga with a population estimated at 673,000 in 2006, is Canada's seventh most populous municipality. It is located in the Regional Municipality of Peel, Ontario, and part of the Greater Toronto Area. It is the most populous lower-tier municipality in Ontario and also considered the most populous suburban municipality in North America. It was purchased by the British in 1805 and incorporated as a city in 1974. Mississauga is a sister city of Kariya, Japan. Residents of Mississauga are called Mississaugans.
Mississauga has been trying to create a distinctive image for itself over the past few years. Plans for over 55 new high-rise residential buildings have been approved recently for the city centre area near the Square One Shopping Centre, and an international architectural design competition was held in 2006 for a 50 storey condominium tower that is intended to be a landmark for the city named Absolute World.
Mississauga covers 288.42 square kilometres of land fronting 13 kilometres of shoreline on Lake Ontario. Mississauga is bound by Oakville and Milton to the west, Brampton to the north, Toronto to the east and Lake Ontario to the south. Halton Hills borders Mississauga's north-west corner. With the exception of the southern half of the border with Toronto, Mississauga shares a land border with all previous mentioned municipalities.
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.
Approximately half or 9,000 of theses businesses are in the manufacturing, product distribution or corporate sectors owing to its desirable location witin Ontario. Today, one can also learn about its history, from its earliest times and gain enthusiasm in its natural beauty and populace. The region enjoys a very positive reputation with worldwide travelers.

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