Masons are spiritual and moral men who choose to associate with groups of like-minded individuals for mutual benefit. What they find in Freemasonry is a disciplined and systematic course of self-improvement based on the Golden Rule: always do to others what you would like them to do to you. No one knows exactly how Masonry started. Its traditions, however, can be traced directly to the guilds of stonemasons who built the stone cathedrals and castles of the Middle Ages. With the decline of cathedral building in the 17th century, many guilds of “operative,” or practicing, stonemasons opened membership to those who didn’t practice the mason's craft. These members were called "accepted" masons. The groups were called lodges. Modern Masonry was founded in England in 1717 when four lodges in London joined to form the first Grand Lodge of England. From Britain, Masonry spread over much of the world and today there are approximately four million Masons and some 150 Grand Lodges.
Everyone is welcome, regardless of race, colour or creed. Masons are spiritual and moral people, but there’s no room for discussion of sectarian religion or partisan politics in freemasonry. Members are free to follow their own path, as long as it fits with the ethical principles of integrity and virtue symbolized by the square and compasses—the icon most commonly associated with Masonry.Masonry stresses the principles of kindness and consideration at home, honesty in business, courtesy towards others, dependability in one’s work, compassion for the less fortunate and being a good citizen of the world. Masonry recognizes that each man has obligations to his family, his work, his religious beliefs, his community and himself - these must take priority and Masonry does not interfere with his ability to meet these obligations.
Masons participate in three progressive degrees, each one teaching an important lesson through the use of symbols. The degrees help a Mason think about the big questions: Where did I come from? What am I doing here? And what comes next? A lodge is not a building…it’s the men that form it. The foundation of the Masonic family is the Masonic lodge. It is here that Masonry teaches its lessons: kindness in the home, honesty in business, courtesy in society, fairness in work, concern for the unfortunate and respect for one another. Most lodges are clearly signed and located on main streets in communities small and large across the globe. With over 550 Lodges in Ontario, there should be a lodge that meets in a location near you. Masonry is not a secret society…we’re happy to share what we know.

Any information about Masons can be found at a well-stocked bookstore or local library. Masonic buildings are clearly marked and listed in the phonebook and members often identify themselves by wearing Masonic jewelry. The so-called Masonic “Secrets” are confined to modes of recognition by which a visitor can prove himself to be a Mason and thereby become eligible to enter a lodge in which he was otherwise not known. The Extended Masonic Family. A Mason can choose to broaden and deepen his experience of Masonry by participating in other branches of the Masonic family: the Scottish Rite, York Rite, Shriners and Knights Templar. Masonry is for men…but it’s a family affair. Women, girls and boys who share Masonic values are welcome to participate in the many social and charitable events hosted by lodges. But there are affiliate organizations for those looking for ways to become formally involved. Young men can join DeMolay, young women can join the International Order of the Rainbow for Girls and Job's Daughters International.
Masonry offers the opportunity to make each man better through its teachings, his Masonic associations and a philosophy that has served the social needs of men for centuries, by promoting:

Tradition • When you become a Mason, you become part of ancient tradition that spans centuries. From the original stonemasons that produced some of the most majestic architectural wonders of Europe to modern day Masons who participate in numerous charitable foundations, you’ll feel connected to a vital, growing and spiritually uplifting organization of moral men;

Self Improvement • Learning portions of the Ritual and participating in the Degree stimulates the mind and, coupled with committee work and lodge management, presents the opportunity to develop leadership and organizational skills, build self-discipline through commitment, poise and self-confidence, and strengthen presentation and public speaking proficiencies;

Sense of Accomplishment • Participating in lodge projects, be they charitable or social in nature, provides the opportunity to contribute, work with others and enjoy the success of effort well expended;

• Belonging to a Like-minded Group: the modern work environment has reduced or eliminated social association with co-workers; joining with lodge members in a fraternal atmosphere can substitute for that former workplace fellowship lost;

A Break from the Workaday Routine
• Masonry brings together in lodge men of diverse backgrounds, where the daily pressures of a career can be left outside the door and where fellowship is the common theme.

These attributes are summarized in the tenets, or fundamental principles of Ancient Freemasonry: Brotherly Love; Relief; and Truth. If these values address your needs, Masonry welcomes you.
Masonry is first and foremost a fraternity rather than a service organization, social club or benevolent society. However, charity in the form of helping other people, is considered to be a cornerstone of the fraternity.

Community Involvement

Masons are encouraged to be actively involved in their communities. Some of the community outreach programs that Masons are actively involved with are listed below:

• The Masonic Foundation of Ontario, a public charity registered with the Canada Revenue Agency, supports hearing research, a bursary program for university and college students, autism services, prostate cancer research and alcohol and drug awareness programs in elementary and high schools.
• The Grand Lodge of Canada in the Province of Ontario sponsors the MasoniCh.I.P. child identification program. And we’re not above bleeding for a cause—every year, Ontario Masons support the Canadian Blood Services donor program with approximately 35,000 donations.
• Shriners operate the largest network of hospitals in North America providing free care for burned and orthopaedically impaired children. The Scottish Rite Masons maintain a network of some 150 childhood language disorder clinics, centres and programs.
Individual districts support their own charitable projects
The term

"Ancient Free"

originated in England during the Middle Ages. Ancient craftsmen were very skilled and thier craft was considered indispensible to the welfare of both the Church and State. For this reason, they were not placed under the same restrictions as were other workers - they were "free" to do their work, travel and live their lives in a manner befitting their importance. In England during the middle ages this freedom was rare. Our freedom from the "Operative Mason" back to the year 946, in York, England.
The term

"Accepted Mason"

originated in England during the Middle Ages. During the latter years of the Middle Ages, there were few educated men outside the monasteries of the world. Naturally, men wanted to become Freemasons to obtain the advantages the craft had to offer. Not all wanted to build buildings however; they just wanted to belong to the organization. These were "Aceepted" Masons, rather than "Operative" masons or "Ancient Free". As time went on, there became many more "Accepted" members as building tadres became more widely known.

Our Lodge

Mississauga Lodge meets in an historic landmark building at the corner of Peter and Port streets, a converted church built in 1838 by the Indians and pioneers. Mississauga Lodge was instituted in Port Credit, Ontario in 1914 for twenty two Freemasons who felt the need for a meeting place in their growing community for the world wide Masonic fraternity. Its membership has been made up of men from walks of life, including magistrates, police, clergymen, lawyers, teachers, businessmen and tradesmen.
The Old Church

(Now Masonic Temple) built in 1838 by White Men and Indians

Inside the Lodge

A view that is facing North of the building

Inside the Lodge

A view that is facing South of the building

" Anybody may support me when I am right. What I want is someone that will support me when I am wrong"

Bro. John A MacDonald, First Canadian Priminster | St. John's Lodge No.5, Kingston. Initiated: 1844

"Always do right. This will gratify some people, and astonish the rest."

Bro. Tim Horton, Hockey Legend | Kroy Lodge No.676, Toronto. Initiated: 1962

"A probelm is a chance for you to do your best"

Bro. Honorable John Ross Matheson, Maple leaf flag | Queen's Lodge No.578, Kingston. Initiated: 1940

"I bow to no man for I am considered a prince among my own people. But I will gladly shake your hand."

W Bro. Joseph "Thayendanegea" Brant | First Master of Lodge No. 11, Mohawk Village (near Brantford) in 1798.