In 1995 three different groups of dog owners contacted the City of Mississauga in regards to setting up Off Leash Parks. They asked that the by‑law would be amended to permit the existence of designated Leash‑Free Zones within the boundaries of Mississauga. Six Pilot parks were set up in the City’s Parkland of various sizes, different fencing types etc.
Public meetings were held after the 12 month pilot and surveys were sent out to adjacent residents. Four of the six pilot zones were kept and one was relocated.
A report went to Mayor and Council in 1997 in which both the Parks By-Law and the Animal Control By-Law were changed to allow designated areas in certain parks to be off-leash areas. Also in this report was the stipulation that all costs associated with the set-up of the Leash-Free Zones would be incurred by the Volunteer groups, and that the day to day operation of the zones was maintained by these groups.
An interim committee with representatives from each of the groups was set up so the City of Mississauga, Recreation and Parks would deal with one group as opposed to 5 individual groups. This is how Leash‑Free Mississauga was formed. The Group was assigned a City Liaison person who assisted them with the set-up of their group, fund-raising opportunities and dealing with other departments within the City.