Mississauga Mandarin Association (MMA) was established and registered as a not-for-profit organization in 1999 by a passionate and caring group of individuals with very limited resources, with the aim to support Mandarin-speaking Chinese settling in Mississauga and the Peel Region. In the past, MMA has received some funding support from the Ontario Trillium Foundation. In 2010, MMA became a collaborative partner of the Peel Chinese Community Service Hub (PCCSH) to enhance community access to culturally sensitive and linguistically appropriate social programs and services in Peel. MMA operates at the PCCSH located at 1177 Central Parkway West, Unit 81, Mississauga.
MMA is currently led by a volunteer Board of Directors and an Executive Director (volunteer position). Currently, members and volunteers are mostly Mandarin-speaking Chinese newcomers and immigrants who settled in Mississauga and its surrounding areas.
Activities include youth empowerment, active living for seniors, arts and culture, sports and various hobbies/interests (e.g. singing, dancing), and more. Each year, MMA hosts large-scale cultural events, such as the Spring Festival in celebration of the Chinese New Year (which attracts around 1000 participants), Summer Fun Time (with 400 participants), Mid-autumn Gala (with 400 participants), Christmas party and much more. MMA also engages in community fundraising initiatives, such as fundraising for the Canada Red Cross in support of victims of disasters.