The Elmbank Cemetery was fully relocated
to the Assumption Cemetery by October 2001. Records and information provided from descendants as well
as the history of the Mission were used to restore the site in a way that was as close as possible to the
original placement. Great attention was paid in maintaining closeness of family members wherever it was known.
Genealogist Brian Gilchrist was given the
responsibility by the Greater Toronto Airport Authority to seek out living descendants to inform and consult
with them. Genealogical information was gathered along with the recollections of descendants, which
offered an opportunity to ensure the preservation of a history that might otherwise have been forgotten.
With input from descendants and many interested members of the community, an Archdiocesan Committee worked
to erect a memorial in Assumption Cemetery. This memorial monument is a beautiful, dignified and expressive
structure serving as a fitting reminder of these people and their place in history.
Saturday, July 10, 2004, a mass and a blessing were given at the new
site of Elmbank in Assumption
Cemetery in Mississauga. A mass was celebrated and the newly restored
Elmbank Cemetery was blessed at the new site in Assumption Cemetery in
Msgr. John Murphy, Chancellor for Spiritual Affairs of the Archdiocese
of Toronto, was the main celebrant, joined by Father Mike Doyle, C.S.Sp., Father John Cotter from Michigan and Deacon Bert Sandford.
Elmbank/Fifth Line Mission churchyard is the largest historic cemetery in Ontario ever to be relocated.
It is a significant part of the history of the Archdiocese of Toronto, of the Toronto Region,
of Ontario and of Canada.