The City of Pickering is offering a free, eight-session course designed to help Pickering residents understand how their local government works.

This will be the City’s second year of delivering the course, Pickering 101 – Your City. Right Now., a recommendation first identified in the City’s Community Engagement Strategy, which was designed to guide and enhance the City’s engagement efforts.

Through weekly, two-hour classes, City staff will inform participants with the knowledge they need to understand, and actively engage 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, and to provide residents with a greater sense of agency, purpose, connectedness and responsibility,” said Mayor Dave Ryan. “We welcome all backgrounds, experiences, and abilities – it’s about building trust, and making meaningful, lasting relationships with those who call Pickering home.”

The course will run on Wednesday evenings, from March 29 to May 17, 2017. Interested applicants can register at


As the gateway to the east GTA, Pickering (population 94,000) 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.