Toronto Township, Ontario

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Toronto Township is a former municipality that is a geographic township in Mississauga, Ontario, Canada.[1] It is directly to the west of (but is not part of) the city of Toronto, and comprises land that makes up the majority of present-day Mississauga.


Toronto Township was formed as part of York County, Upper Canada on August 2, 1805 (1805-08-02) when officials from York (what is now the City of Toronto) purchased 84,000 acres (340 km2) of land from the Mississaugas (First Nations people) for 1,000 pounds. After the land was surveyed, much of it was given by the Crown in the form of land grants to Loyalists. More than a dozen small communities grew in this area, most of which were located near natural resources, waterways for industry and fishing, and routes leading into York. The township became part of Peel County in 1851.[2] In 1873, in light of the continued growth seen in this area, the Toronto Township Council was formed to oversee the affairs of the various villages that were unincorporated at that time. The Council's responsibilities included road maintenance, the establishment of a police force, and mail delivery service.[citation needed]

Toronto Township was a municipality until 1967, when the town's citizens and politicians voted to change the town's name to Mississauga over Sheridan.[3] Mississauga became a city seven years later in 1974.[4]

See also


  1. ^ "Toronto". Geographical Names Data Base. Natural Resources Canada. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
  2. ^ "Map of the County of Peel". 1880 Map of Ontario Counties - The Canadian County Atlas Digital Project. McGill University. Retrieved 2012-06-11.
  3. ^ "When Mississauga Was "Toronto"". Retrieved 2018-05-20.
  4. ^ Rayburn, Alan (2001). Naming Canada: Stories about Canadian Place Names. University of Toronto Press. ISBN 9780802082930.

Coordinates: 43°36′21″N 79°40′23″W / 43.60583°N 79.67306°W / 43.60583; -79.67306

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