Mississauga Friendship Association

Twin City with Kariya, Japan

Welcome KIFA Delegation!

The citizen delegation from the Kariya International Friendship Association will arrive in Mississauga on June 28, 2017 for another jam packed week of fun. A big thank you to those who will host a delegate and volunteer to prepare for their visit.

2017 KIFA delegates

2017 KIFA delegates

Events open to all members are listed below.    Please RSVP to Stephanie (stephanie.kariya@gmail.com) if you plan to attend any of these events.

June 28, 2017 – 5:30 pm – Arrive at the Civic Centre to meet host families.  All members welcome (free).

June 29, 2017 – 10:30 -11:30 am – Park Stroll, Jack Darling Park (Lakeshore Road West of Mississauga Road), meet at far parking lot close to washroom.

June 30, 2017 – 9 am – 7:30 pm – Niagara Falls Day – All members are welcome to join this day trip to Niagara Falls.  Trip includes transportation, activities and all meals. See the Falls, Take the Hornblower Boat Cruise and then head to Niagara-on-the-Lake for shopping or a tour of Fort George.  Cost is $75.

July 1, 2017 – Happy Canada Day!   Members are welcome to join delegates and their hosts for lunch at the Novotel (time and cost TBD).  Following lunch walk to Kariya Park and then Celebration Square join in the Canada Day festivities.

July 2, 2017 – Farewell BBQ at the home of Ron Star (1665 Blythe Road, Mississauga). The farewell BBQ is always one of the highlights of the year.  Open to all members, $15 per person.

July 3, 2017 – 9 am – Farewell – Civic Centre North Doors.




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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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