The City is conducting a ward boundary review to ensure that residents receive fair representation at their local council table.

The current ward structure has been in place for approximately 40 years with the exception of a minor change to the City’s ward boundaries in 2005.

The review will identify effective and equitable electoral arrangements for the 2022 municipal election and beyond, taking into account changes in the size and distribution of Pickering’s population since the present wards were established, as well as the City’s forecasted population growth.

Current Ward Representation

Pickering is currently divided into three wards. Use the ward map to find out what ward you are in, or search your ward by address using our Interactive Ward Map.

Pickering City Council is comprised of a Mayor, 3 Regional Councillors and 3 City Councillors. The Mayor is elected by voters across the entire City, while the Regional and City Councillors are elected by voters in one of the 3 respective wards.

The Mayor and Regional Councillors sit on both the City Council and the Council of the Regional Municipality of Durham. The City Councillors sit on City Council only. 

Background

The City has retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd. and Dr. Robert J. Williams to conduct the comprehensive and independent Ward Boundary Review. 

The consultant team and their expertise with ward boundary reviews will ensure that all relevant factors are taken into account to achieve effective representation for all residents. The Review will be carried out in accordance with the Terms of Reference which provide guiding principles focused on five key areas:

  1. Representation by Population
  2. Protection of Communities of Interest
  3. Current and Future Population Trends
  4. Physical Features as Natural Boundaries
  5. Effective Representation

View the Terms of Reference

Reports to Council

Report Number: CLK 05-19

Date: December 2, 2019

Community Information Sessions

Community Information Sessions have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Future session dates will be posted here when rescheduled. 

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