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About Pickering for Pickering, Ontario and Area

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Overview of Pickering, Ontario, Canada

Pickering is well known for the Pickering nuclear power plant, and the adjacent OPG 7 commemorative turbine. Several other manufacturing and high-tech firms are located in the city. It borders on Toronto and is economically part of the 'Greater Toronto Area' (GTA). The name Pickering is taken from 'Pickering Township', the name of the geographic and political area until the establishment of regional government in 1974.

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History of Pickering, Ontario

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Pickering's Demographics

22.8% of Pickering`s population is under the age of 14. Those between the ages of 15 and 64 makeup 69.7% of the population. Only 7.6% of Pickering`s residents are over the age of 65¹. The average age of the population is 35.6 and the unemployment rate of the city is 4.9%, which is below the national unemployment rate.

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Pickering's Climate

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Education in Pickering, Ontario

Pickering is home to both public and catholic elementary and secondary schools and is part of the Durham District School Board.

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Transportation around Pickering, Ontario

The local transit in Pickering combined to become a region-wide service called Durham Region Transit (DRT). The amalgamation brought together Oshawa Transit, Ajax-Pickering Transit, Whitby Transit, Clarington Transit, and Handi Transit.

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Tourism and Attractions of Pickering

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Surrounding Communities

  • Pickering
  • Dunbarton
  • Malvern

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Geography of Pickering, Ontario

While much of Pickering is still farmland, it is one of the fastest growing regions in Canada. Its proximity to the adjoining City of Toronto makes it a very desirable real estate market. Highway 401, Canada`s busiest expressway, travels through southern Pickering parallel to Lake Ontario. Most of the western fringes of Pickering are part of the Rouge River park system; the largest urban park in North America.

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Pickering's Government

City Council is governed by a Mayor, three Regional Councillors and three 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 three respective wards.

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Pickering's Economy and Industry

Pickering has a strong and economically diverse business community that includes more than 2,000 businesses drawn to the `City of Opportunity`.

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Pickering's Culture and Significant Events

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Sports in Pickering, Ontario

Pickering is home to many sports teams, including the Pickering Hockey Association, boat team, curling clubs, slopitch, soccer, ringette and a squash club to name a few. If that doesn't give you enough to do, Pickering also has a few great golf courses to pick from as well.

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Media of Pickering

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