This is a breakdown of how your local government works.
City Council is the governing body of the municipality of Pickering. Council is made up of 1 mayor and 6 councillors. The Mayor represents all Pickering residents and the Councillors represent 1 of 3 wards. The last municipal election was held on October 25, 2010. The Mayor and Councillors serve a 4 year term.
Municipalities are governed by municipal councils. The job of municipal councils is to make decisions about municipal financing and services. In Ontario, the head of Municipal Council is either called the Mayor or the Reeve. The Members of Council are either called Councillors or Aldermen.
The Mayor and Regional Councillors sit on both the City Council and the Council of the Regional Municipality of Durham. The City Councillors sit on City Council only. The Mayor and all Councillors serve a 4 year term. The Mayor is elected by voters across the entire City, while the Regional and City Councillors are elected by voters in 1 of the 3 respective wards.
How is the Head of Council Elected?
The head of council is elected by voters in Pickering. The head of our Municipal Council is currently Mayor Dave Ryan.
How are Councillors Elected?
Municipal Councillors are elected by ward. Pickering is divided into 3 wards each having 2 representatives on council; 1 Municipal (City) Councillor and 1 Regional Councillor.
Pickering's City Councillors are:
- Kevin Ashe, City Councillor - Ward 1
- Doug Dickerson, City Councillor - Ward 2
- David Pickles, City Councillor - Ward 3
Pickering's Regional Councillors are:
- Jennifer O'Connell, Regional Councillor - Ward 1
- Bill McLean, Regional Councillor - Ward 2
- Peter Rodrigues, Regional Councillor - Ward 3
View Pickering's Mayor, Councillors and Ward Map
What about Regional Councils?
The head of a regional council is called a Regional Chair. The chair is usually chosen by a vote of the members of Regional Council. Some chairs are directly elected. Durham's Regional Chair is Roger Anderson. Pickering is represented at Durham Regional Council by Mayor Dave Ryan, and Regional Councillors Jennifer O'Connell, Bill McLean and Peter Rodrigues. These councillors represent us at the Region of Durham as well as the City of Pickering.
All 7 members of Council are responsible for:
- the management and administration of the City's resources
- land use planning, maintenance of local roads, storm sewers, fire prevention and firefighting, recreation facilities and programs, animal control, lottery licensing, tax collections, local library system and other related matters
Find out more information about City Administration and Services.
The Mayor and Regional Councillors are also responsible for:
- matters such as general welfare assistance, sanitary sewers, water, police, maintenance of the Regional road system and other related matters
Meetings to be attended
All 7 members of Council attend:
- weekly Council and Committee meetings.
a large number of boards and committees such as: Veridian Inc., Public Library Board, Waterfront Coordinating Committee, Duffins Creek Watershed Task Force, Race Relations and Equity Committee, Durham Transit Authority, Social Development Council.
The Mayor and Regional Councillors also attend:
- weekly Council and Committee meetings at the Regional level.
- share in attendance at a large number of agencies for which the Region is either responsible for or is asked to appoint persons such as Durham Non Profit Housing, Rouge Park Alliance, the Toronto & Region Conservation Authority and many others.
Our Town History and the Crest
While the first human existence in Pickering Township is unknown, discoveries of artifacts around the mouth of Duffins Creek indicate that it was at least 4,000 years ago.
By 1849 half of the Township had been cleared and was under cultivation. In that year, Pickering Township achieved the political status it held until 1974. At that time, Ontario County became the Regional Municipality of Durham, and the Township of Pickering, with all its villages and hamlets, became the Town of Pickering.
For additional historic information, please visit the Pickering Public Library, or contact library staff at 905.831.6265 to book an appointment to visit their Local History Room.
History of the Crest
The original crest was designed to represent the municipality.
The following list explains each aspect of the crest:
- the atom represents atomic energy
- the gear represents industry
- the sheaf of wheat represents agriculture
- the wavy lines at the bottom represent our location on Lake Ontario
- the leaves represent our greenspace
A New Beginning ... A New Logo
The year 2000 was a year of change. As the municipality readied itself for the 21st century, we acquired "City" status. The City of Pickering became "Canada's Only Millennium City".
To commemorate this change, a new corporate logo was designed and is now used in all areas of corporate communication. Our logo clearly incorporates the Civic Complex building, a prominent landmark in our community.
View the Graphic Standards document.
The Provincial and Federal Government representatives for Pickering are:
Provincial, Pickering-Scarborough East Riding:
Tracy MacCharles, MPP Pickering-Scarborough East
300 Kingston Road
Pickering, ON L1V 2Z9
Provincial, Ajax-Pickering Riding:
Joe Dickson, MPP Ajax-Pickering
50 Commercial Avenue, Suite 201A
Ajax, ON L1S 2H5
Federal, Ajax-Pickering Riding:
Chris Alexander, MP Ajax-Pickering
100 Westney Road South Unit E101
Ajax, ON L1S 7H3
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6
Federal, Pickering-Scarborough East Riding:
Corneliu Chisu, MP Pickering-Scarborough East
300 Kingston Road, Unit 4
Pickering, ON L1V 6Z9
House of Commons
Ottawa, ON K1A 0A6