Pickering residents asked to select preferred Ward Boundary options

Posted on Tuesday February 09, 2021

Pickering, ON, February 8, 2021 – Phase 2 of Pickering’s Ward Boundary Review is underway, and includes the opportunity for residents to select their preferred preliminary ward boundary options.

Phase 1 included virtual open houses and a community-wide survey, and public feedback received during both phases will help inform future recommendations to Council on Pickering’s ward system.

The objective of the review is to ensure that residents receive fair representation at their local council table. Wards typically have a limited lifespan since they are designed to capture the distribution of population at a given time. The review will identify effective and equitable electoral arrangements for the 2022 municipal election and beyond, taking into account changes in the size and distribution of Pickering’s population since the present wards were established, as well as the City’s forecasted population growth.

Pickering is currently divided into three wards, each represented by the Mayor, along with one Regional Councillor and one City Councillor. The current structure has been in place for approximately 40 years, with the exception of a minor change to the City’s ward boundaries in 2005.

“Pickering’s Council is responsible for key decisions that impact the day-to-day lives of our residents,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “As Pickering continues to grow as a community, it is important that we have a successful ward system in place to ensure that residents’ voices and needs are reflected fairly and accurately in council decision making.”

- Dave Ryan
  Mayor, City of Pickering

Have your say Pickering!

Residents are invited to take part in one of four virtual open houses to learn more and provide feedback: Wednesday, February 24th at 3 pm or 7 pm, or Wednesday, March 3rd at 3 pm or 7 pm.

Visit pickering.ca/WBR to take the survey and learn more about the upcoming virtual open houses.

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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
Coordinator, Communications | Office of the CAO
905.420.4660 ext. 2134 | 1.866.683.2760
smuir@pickering.ca