City of Pickering launches new Hygiene Outreach Program

Posted on Thursday April 23, 2020

Update #9

Pickering, ON, April 23, 2020 – Starting tomorrow, the Dunbarton Indoor Pool facility will be open to unsheltered residents in Pickering to access washroom and shower facilities. 

The facility will be operational seven days a week for two time periods (8:00 am -12:00 pm and 3:00 pm - 7:00 pm) and information regarding available community resources and services will be shared at the site. 

Dunbarton Indoor Pool is located at 655 Sheppard Avenue, Pickering.  

Quick Facts:

  • All individuals accessing the facility will be actively screened for potential COVID-19 risk factors, and must follow Region of Durham Health Department protocols to prevent the spread of COVID-19. This includes practicing proper physical distancing and hand washing procedures. In addition, the space will be subject to additional cleaning and disinfecting measures.
  • The site is accessible on the Durham Region Transit route for which no fare is required at this time.
  • Information about COVID-19 in Durham Region can be accessed at
  • Local outreach support agencies, shelters and overnight warming centres in Durham Region are open. Visit to learn more.


“I’m proud to see us making good use of the space to help the community’s most vulnerable population – our unsheltered residents. As most of our public facilities have closed due to COVID-19, we’re using this opportunity to provide those in need with access to essential services such as washrooms, showers, and community information and resources.”

Kevin Ashe, Deputy Mayor, City of Pickering

“We’re proud to be working in collaboration with the Region of Durham’s Health and Social Services teams on this much-needed initiative. It is critical during times like this, that we evaluate and enhance the way we care for and look after the most vulnerable in our community. We’re coming together as #PickeringProud and #DurhamStrong to ensure the health and safety of those most at risk.”

David Pickles, Regional Councillor - Ward 3, City of Pickering and Vice Chair, Durham Health & Social Services Committee


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) is strategically located where Toronto, York and Durham Regions meet. An award-winning municipality, Pickering is slated for significant economic and residential growth; offering an unparalleled quality of life for those who live, work, and play here. Its dynamic City Centre has been designated by the Province of Ontario as both an Urban Growth Centre and Mobility Hub, and continues to evolve as a preferred destination for creative learning, memorable events, and unique experiences at the heart of a vibrant, connected, and engaged community.

Shauna Muir
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