Mississauga Friendship Association

Twin City with Kariya, Japan

Annual General Meeting – May 3, 2017

2016 was an event filled year at the MFA!

Come join us for our Annual General Meeting to celebrate all the excitement we had last Kariya Parkyear as well as get a glimpse into what’s ahead in 2017.

May 3, 2017
6:30pm to 8:30pm
Committee Room A, Civic Centre

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Apply Now for Kariya Homestay 2017!

Apply Now for Kariya Homestay 2017! 


Mississauga delegates enjoy a tea ceremony in Kariya, Japan The Mississauga Friendship Association is now accepting applications for participants in the Kariya, Japan Home Stay program.  Cultural exchange and home stays are an important part of the sister city/twinning between Mississauga, Canada and Kariya, Japan.

The MFA will be organizing a delegation to travel to Kariya around the first week of June 2017.  As
part of the delegation you  have the unique opportunity to live in a Japanese home, make lifelong friends and experience Japanese culture while representing the City of Mississauga.

The goal is to send six new members and four returning members.  Priority is given to those that can host a delegate from Kariya in the summer. Delegation members are responsible for the cost of their airfare.

Applications to join the delegation are available below.

MFA Delegation Application Form 


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Mayor Crombie’s Visit to Kariya

Mississauga Mayor Bonnie Crombie recently visited Japan for a Japanese Investment Mission. She was able to include a visit to Mississuaga’s sister city Kariya in her busy itinerary.

Mayor Crombie toured Denso, met with Kariya’s Mayor Takanaka, attended official events, visited Mississauga Park, spoke at the Kariya International Friendship Association (KIFA) annual general meeting and enjoyed a traditional Japanese tea ceremony.  You can read about Mayor Crombie’s time in Nagoya and Kariya in her official blog.

We are happy to report that Mississauga Friendship Association Board Member Marcelino “Frost” DaCosta’s trip to Japan coincided with Mayor Crombie’s visit.  As a result, he was able to connect with Mayor Crombie while she was in Kariya.

Mayor Crombie’s visit demonstrates her support of the twinning program between Mississauga and Kariya and assists the MFA in our role to foster the relationship between our citizens.

A collage of photos from Mayor Crombie's visit to Kariya

A collage of photos from Mayor Crombie’s visit to Kariya

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Urgent Need for Host Families

One of the key activities of the MFA is facilitating a homestay program for a few days each summer for ten citizen delegates from Kariya.

There is currently an URGENT need for host families to continue this program.  

Canada Day with the delegation from Kariya.

Hosting is a great way to learn about Japanese culture, make a new friend and help promote Mississauga and Canada. Host families must be able to provide a bedroom for approximately 5 nights, transportation, either by car or bus, to various activities and be willing to take your guest on an outing on the “free day.”

This year the delegation willJapanese delegate with hosts. arrive July 6 and depart on July 11.

Host families are not paid but do receive a number of benefits including various lunches, dinners and an expenses paid trip to Niagara Falls. Please consider hosting so we can continue to provide this activity to our sister city citizens.




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MFA Annual Potluck

The MissisPotlucksauga Friendship Association’s potluck dinner will take place Thursday, December 3rd from 6:30 to 8 pm. The event will be held at the Erindale Community Hall located at 1620 Dundas Street West. There is plenty of parking and the location is also accessible by bus. Please note there are no kitchen facilities so you won’t be able to heat your dish up at the venue. We look forward to seeing many of you on this fun and delicious evening!

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