Pickering is an award-winning city! Recent awards and accolades include:

2022

  • Won Gold in the 2022 Viddy Awards for its non-broadcast, short-form web video highlighting the Balsdon Park leash-free area grand opening and Councillor Ian Cumming’s commemorative plaque unveiling. Viddy Awards is an international competition honoring video excellence in a digital world. Viddy Awards is administered by the Association of Marketing and Communication Professionals (AMCP). The international organization oversees awards and recognition programs and honors outstanding achievement and service to the profession.

  • Won Gold in the 2022 MarCom Awards for its strategic communications and public education campaign around the City's planning and development process. MarCom Awards is an international creative competition that recognizes outstanding achievement by marketing and communication professionals. 
  • CAO, Marisa Carpino named one of Canada’s Clean50 Award Honourees. The annual awards program, led by Delta Management Group, celebrates Canada’s top leaders in sustainability, and is selected from 16 diverse categories that transcend industry, academia, government, thought leaders, and advocates. Read more

  • Pickering Farmers’ Market won 2022 "Best Farm Market - Diamond" in the Durham Region Readers' Choice Awards for supporting local businesses, and providing the opportunity to enjoy fresh produce, baked goods, meats, and more.

2021

  • The City of Pickering was awarded the Ontario Parks Association 2021 Protecting Tomorrow Today® Community Engagement Award for raising awareness of parks, open spaces and/or environment through various community engagement activities.
  • Pickering Public Library received a third-place 2020 TD Summer Reading Club Library Award, and received $2,000 to go toward enhancing the Library's children's programming. 
  • Received the Festival & Events Ontario (FEO) 2021 Achievement Award for Summer Concert Series 2020.
  • Received the Festival & Events Ontario (FEO) 2021 Achievement Award for Tree Lighting 2020.
  • Received the Festival & Events Ontario (FEO) 2021 Achievement Award for Artfest on the Esplanade 2020.
  • Received the Festival & Events Ontario (FEO) 2021 Achievement Award for Santa at the Drive-In 2020.
  • Pickering Farmers’ Market won 2021 "Best Farm Market - Platinum" in the Durham Region Readers' Choice Awards for supporting local businesses, and providing the opportunity to enjoy fresh produce, baked goods, meats, and more.
  • Pickering Museum Village was voted Best Small Museum in Ontario by Attractions Ontario
  • Pickering Museum Village was voted #1 Best Museum and Best Tourism Attraction by Reader’s Choice, News Advertiser

2020

  • Pickering Farmers’ Market won 2020 "Best Farm Market" in the Durham Region Readers' Choice Awards for supporting local businesses, and providing the opportunity to enjoy fresh produce, baked goods, meats, and more.

2019

  • Pickering Farmers’ Market won 2019 "Best Farm Market" in the Durham Region Readers' Choice Awards for supporting local businesses, and providing the opportunity to enjoy fresh produce, baked goods, meats, and more.

2018

  • Won “Lighting – Largest Savings” at the Powering Up Durham Awards, which recognizes organizations that are championing energy conservation initiatives within their community.
  • Presented with the Leadership Award from the EcoBusiness Network in recognition of our demonstrated leadership in conservation and sustainability while setting an example for others to follow.
  • Received Metrolinx Smart Commute Gold 2017 Workplace designation for the sixth consecutive year for efforts in promoting and supporting sustainable travel options for staff.
  • Named World's Smart21 Communities of 2018 and 2017 by the Intelligent Community Forum. Visit pickering.ca/smart for details. 

2017

  • Recognized as one of the 2017/2018 American Cities of the Future by fDi magazine. Pickering was ranked in the top 10 among micro cities - placing fourth for connectivity and sixth for business friendliness.

  • Pickering Public Library won the Psychological Safety Award - Silver Medal Winner. This award is presented by Canadian Occupation Safety and Thomson Reuters in recognition of the Pickering Public Library's efforts to promote workplace and employee mental health and awareness.

  • Gold in the Marcom Awards for a responsive website design and development project.

  • Standard of Excellence WebAward in the WebAward Competition, produced by the Web Marketing Association (WMA).

  • 2017 Municipal Accessibility Award from OMSSA for efforts in accessibility and inclusion throughout the design and execution of the 2017 Canada 150 Youth Forum.

  • The Pickering Fire Combat Team, comprised of Pickering Fire Services staff, won two gold medals at the 2017 SCOTT FireFit Championships.
  • Platinum Level - Youth Friendly Community Award, Play Works Ontario - Partnership for Active & Engaged Youth
  • #150RecFacilities – 1st Place (Youth Forum) Ontario Recreation Facilities Association

2016

2015

  • Pickering Public Library won the Minister's Award for Innovation (short list) - How to in 10 Festival. The Minister's Award for Innovation recognizes successful new approaches that demonstrate a positive impact in a community and are of continued value to public libraries.

  • Pickering's Millennium Square voted 'Top 10 places to see a free outdoor concert in Durham' by Oshawa this Week
  • Conservation Champion Award from Veridian for outstanding electricity conservation efforts

2014

  • Art of Transition Creative Awards - How to in 10 Festival. These awards celebrate Durham Region's creative economy.

  • Pickering Public Library won the TD Summer Reading Club Program Award - Second Place in Canada. The TD Summer Reading Club Library Awards recognize and reward the most innovative and effective TD Summer Reading Club programs in local public libraries across Canada. 

2013

  • Won "Best use of creativity to advance social and environmental sustainability" for our Celebrating Sustainable Neighbourhoods at the Durham Art of Transition Creative Awards. 

2012