Toronto Township, Ontario
Toronto Township is a former municipality that today is a geographic township in the city of Mississauga, in the Greater Toronto Area of Ontario, Canada. 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 when officials from York (what is now Toronto) purchased 84,000 acres (340 km2) of land from the Mississaugas 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. 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.
Toronto Township was a municipality until 1967, when it became the Town of Mississauga.