City of Pickering

City of Pickering

Pickering is a city located in Southern Ontario, Canada immediately east of Toronto in Durham Region. It is part of the Greater Toronto Area, the largest metropolitan area in Canada.
 
The city has estimated that by 2023, Pickering will be home to nearly 170,000 residents. The province of Ontario has also designated Pickering as one of two municipalities in Durham Region as an urban growth center

Pickering is home to the Pickering Nuclear Generating Station, an eight-reactor facility with a capacity of 4,120 megawatts. The first station, Pickering A, opened with four reactors in 1971. Ontario Power Generation, the plants’ operator, is the largest single employer in the city. In 2001, the wind-powered OPG 7 Commemorative Turbine was opened on the generating station site.

A number of manufacturers are also located in the city. Major employers include Yorkville Sound (audio equipment), the Canadian headquarters of Purdue Pharma (pharmaceuticals and health & beauty products), Hubbell Canada (electrical equipment), PSB Speakers – Lenbrook (stereo equipment) and Eco-Tec Inc. (industrial water purification and chemical recovery systems).

Pickering is also the home of the head office of the Municipal Property Assessment Corporation. MPAC is responsible for value assessment for property tax purposes for all municipalities in Ontario.

Pickering is a founding member of the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance or DSEA. The nucleus of the DSEA is primarily Pickering businesses such as Ontario Power Generation, Veridian, Wardrop Engineering, AECL, Intellimeter, Areva and Eco-Tec Inc.

Pickering is a founding member of the Durham Strategic Energy Alliance or DSEA. The nucleus of the DSEA is primarily Pickering businesses such as Ontario Power Generation, Veridian, Wardrop Engineering, AECL, Intellimeter, Areva and Eco-Tec Inc.

A proposed Pickering Airport is set to begin construction in 2010.

In 2006, Profit magazine recognized Pickering as one of the
top 10 cities in Canada to grow a business.

The City of Pickering consists of several communities and rural hamlets. The communities of Southern Pickering are:

  • Amberlea
  • Bay Ridges
  • Duffin Heights
  • Dunbarton
  • Liverpool
  • Lynn Heights
  • Maple Ridge
  • Rougemount
  • Rosebank
  • Village East
  • West Shore; and many others.

The rural hamlet communities of Northern Pickering are;

  • Balsam
  • Brougham
  • Cherrywood
  • Claremont
  • Green River
  • Greenwood
  • Seaton
  • Kinsale
  • Whitevale


 

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