Pickering kicks-off new Heritage & Community Centre facility

Posted on Thursday April 04, 2024
Pickering Heritage & Community Centre
Pickering kicks-off new Heritage & Community Centre facility

Pickering, ON, April 4, 2024 – March 26th marked a significant milestone in Pickering’s history as the City kicked-off the Pickering Heritage & Community Centre (PHCC) facility.

The Pickering Heritage and Community Centre will bring Museum, Library, and Community Centre into one dynamic facility – offering year-round access to arts, heritage, and culture.

The facility will be located on the upper site of the Pickering Museum Village, located at 2365 6th Concession Road (#1 on the attached map).

Construction on the 44,000 square-foot facility, currently underway, is being carried out by J.R. Certus Construction Co. Ltd., and is expected to be complete by early 2026. The innovative design is a collaborative effort between City staff, Hariri Pontarini Architects, and community members who shared valuable input. The total project cost is estimated to be $64,672,456.

Upon full build-out, the PHCC will boast an array of unique amenities, including:

  • An exhibit gallery
  • Program room
  • Multi-purpose hall (with a stage)
  • Kitchen suitable for public programs
  • Collections storage
  • Gift shop and coffee bar
  • Outdoor program spaces

To support the construction of the new facility, the City received $16.5M in funding. The City received $12.5M in funding from Infrastructure Canada’s Green & Inclusive Community Buildings Program, and $4M from the Department of Canadian Heritage’s Canada Cultural Spaces Fund.

This facility is guided by the City’s Cultural Strategic Plan, which sets a vision for the place of arts, culture, and heritage in the City, and identifies strategic directions for policy, investment, partnerships, and programs.

Visit LetsTalkPickering.ca/PHCC to learn more and stay up-to-date on the PHCC.


“On behalf of the City of Pickering, I’d like to extend heartfelt gratitude to the Government of Canada for investing $16.5 million into the Pickering Heritage & Community Centre. This milestone marks Pickering’s first new community centre in decades, and our first zero-carbon facility. This project reaffirms our steadfast commitment to preserving local arts and natural heritage, while spearheading sustainable initiatives to build a strong, more resilient community for generations to come.”

  • Kevin Ashe, Mayor, City of Pickering

“Cultural spaces are part of the foundation that creates healthy, vibrant communities where visitors can discover our diverse heritage and learn more about who we are. By enhancing its infrastructure, we are helping the Pickering Heritage & Community Centre to improve its infrastructure so it can continue to inspire, bring people together and allow everyone to learn from our shared history.”

  • The Honourable Pascale St-Onge, Minister of Canadian Heritage

“Our government is proud to support the Pickering Heritage & Community Centre. Thanks to this funding, Pickering’s community will be able to preserve and celebrate its diverse heritage for generations to come.”

  • Jennifer O’Connell, Member of Parliament (Pickering-Uxbridge)


We acknowledge that the City of Pickering resides on land within the Treaty and traditional territory of the Mississaugas of Scugog Island First Nation and Williams Treaties signatories of the Mississauga and Chippewa Nations. Pickering is also home to many Indigenous persons and communities who represent other diverse, distinct, and autonomous Indigenous nations. This acknowledgement reminds us of our responsibilities to our relationships with the First Peoples of Canada, and to the ancestral lands on which we learn, share, work, and live.

As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 100,000) 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.

Media Contact:

Nicole Hann
Coordinator, Public Affairs & Corporate Communications | Office of the CAO
905.420.4660 ext. 2028


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