City Declares Seat of City Councillor, Ward 2, Vacant

Posted on Wednesday November 24, 2021

Pickering, ON, November 24, 2021 – At last Monday’s City Council meeting, the City of Pickering declared the seat of City Councillor, Ward 2, vacant due to the passing of Ian Cumming.

Under the Municipal Elections Act (MEA), the vacant seat must be filled for the remainder of this term. And as such, Council voted in favour of appointing an individual from the public by soliciting applications.

To qualify to hold office, candidates must:

  • Reside in Pickering or be the owner or tenant of land, or the spouse of such owner or tenant
  • Be a Canadian citizen
  • Be at least 18 years old
  • Not be prohibited from voting under the MEA or otherwise by law

All interested and qualified individuals are required to make an appointment with the City Clerk and submit the necessary documentation in-person between November 25 to December 17 at 4:30 pm. To schedule an appointment, applicants must call 905.420.4611 or email

The City Clerk will verify which applicants meet the criteria under the MEA. The vetted and approved applicants will then attend an electronic Special Meeting of Council sometime in January, where they will have an opportunity to present their qualifications and rationales to Members of Council. At the conclusion of the presentations, Council will then appoint the individual who they feel can best represent the interim interests of Ward 2 residents.

The successful candidate should expect to take their seat at the January 24, 2022 Council meeting.

The City encourages all interested parties to visit to learn more about the application process and review all of the required documentation. 


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.

Media Contact:

Mark Guinto
Division Head, Public Affairs & Corporate Communications | Office of the CAO
905.420.4660 ext. 2013  |  1.866.683.2760