City of Pickering’s Proposals to Buy Frenchman’s Bay are Rejected by Seller

Posted on Tuesday November 14, 2023

Pickering, ON, November 14, 2023 – The City of Pickering had recently submitted two proposals to purchase Frenchman’s Bay and related land holdings from the Pickering Harbour Company, which were ultimately rejected by the seller.

With the hope of returning Frenchman’s Bay to the public realm, the City attempted to purchase 174.7 acres of Pickering Harbour Company’s water and land holdings at the foot of Liverpool Road.  When this was rejected, the City submitted a second unsuccessful proposal to acquire only the Bay itself (the submerged real estate).

The City felt it was critically important to own these assets in order to safeguard from aggressive and overly ambitious development proposals; maintain public access and recreational use; and enhance environmental stewardship of the Bay and surrounding lands.  Despite this most recent setback, the City will continue to seek opportunities to return this treasured asset back into public ownership.

“We are extremely disappointed that we were unsuccessful in our bid to acquire Frenchman’s Bay at this time, because we feel that it belongs in the public realm,” said Mayor Kevin Ashe.  “Frenchman’s Bay is our shimmering jewel, and regardless of its ownership, we will continue to do what we can to protect this beloved asset from environmental degradation as well as inappropriate development, while also ensuring that it remains open and accessible for our community’s enjoyment.”


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 105,000) 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.

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