Please note that Pickering 101 is on hold due to COVID-19 service impacts. 

This program aims to educate residents on how their municipal government works and encourage participation in the planning and processes behind the facilities, services, events and programs that touch their everyday lives.


The City is committed to building a culture of community engagement, to provide residents with a greater sense of purpose, connectedness and responsibility.

  • Increase residents' knowledge of City issues and how local government works
  • Build informed citizens who may collaborate with City staff and meaningfully contribute to developing new, or reviewing and redesigning existing, City services and programs
  • Build trust between Pickering residents and local government


Registration is on hold. 

Class Schedule

Please note that the agenda is subject to change.

April 1 – May 20
Time: 7:00 pm to 9:00 pm








April 1

7 pm to 9 pm

Customer Care Centre and the Pickering Public Library

  • Welcome/Orientation
  • Customer Care Centre roles and responsibilities
  • Website and online resources
  • Break and Refreshments
  • Role of the Library Board
  • Library services in 21st century

Library Auditorium
Pickering Central Library
One The Esplanade
L1V 6K7



April 8

7 pm to 9 pm

Legislation in Pickering and Finance

  • What level of government does what?
  • Municipal Elections
  • The role and function of Council and Committee
  • Municipal Taxation
  • Tax Collection
  • Sale of Land for Tax Arrears
  • Fees & Charges
  • Debt & Investment
  • Municipal Liability

Pickering City Hall
Council Chambers
One The Esplanade  
L1V 6K7


April 15

7 pm to 9 pm

(A tour of the Recreation Complex will be available for participants at 6:30 pm)

Planning and Building Your City


Get the big picture and neighbourhood view on City Development, including planning and development, and building permit approval processes for businesses and residents.


Chestnut Hill Developments Recreation Complex
1867 Valley Farm Road
L1V 6K7



April 22

7 pm to 9 pm

Engineering Services and Community Services

  • Capital Projects & Infrastructure
  • Public Works

Library Auditorium
Pickering Central Library
One The Esplanade  
L1V 6K7



April 29

7 pm to 9 pm

By-law Enforcement and Animal Services

  • Municipal Law Enforcement
  • Role of Pickering Animal Services
  • What to do if you lose your pet
  • Pet adoptions and our animal shelter

Library Auditorium
Pickering Central Library
One The Esplanade  
L1V 6K7



May 6

7 pm to 9 pm

Economic Development and Sustainability

  • Economic Development programs and the business community
  • Sustainability initiatives and community programs

Library Auditorium
Pickering Central Library
One The Esplanade
L1V 6K7



May 13

7 pm to 9 pm

Fire Services 

  • Emergency Services
  • Community engagement and fire prevention 

Station #5, Headquarters
1616 Bayly Street
L1W 3N2



May 20

7 pm to 9 pm

Pickering Museum Village

  • Learn about the largest living history site in Durham Region
  • History of Pickering
  • Advisory Committees
  • Community festival and events
  • Cultural Services

Pickering Museum Village
2365 6th Concession Rd.
L0H 1H0 


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