Pickering is one of the smaller cities in Ontario, occupying a land area of roughly 230 square kilometres with a population of around 88,000 people.
Although it may not be big now, many are projecting that the population will be close to 200,000 by 2030.
Its slow growth to date can be attributed to certain restrictions set by the city on developing properties in the northern region of the city.
With four nuclear reactors that have been in place since the early 1970s, energy generation has become a huge part of the economy that is driving Pickering’s growth.
However, with decommissioning set to take place in 2020, the city had to find alternate sources of economic growth and stability.
This is why there has been a large takeover by employers in the manufacturing industry, particularly for pharmaceuticals and electronics.
In the past decade or so, Pickering has picked up traction as one of the best places in Canada for starting and growing a business.
With direct access to major Canadian highways, some of the lowest business tax rates in the Greater Toronto Area, an incredibly skilled labour force that is large in volume, and (almost ironically) the amount of vacant land and space available, expect to see significant growth and development of Pickering’s economy as businesses from all sectors fight to establish a location in this small city.
City: 231.59 km2
Pickering consists of a total of 14 neighbourhoods. Due to the small size of Pickering in terms of land area occupied, most residents view Pickering as having an Eastern region and a Western region.
The eastern region consists of the neighbourhoods of Liverpool, Town Center, Bay Ridge, Brock Industrial, Village East, and Brock Ridge. Residents are nearby to several of the public parks within Pickering and many of the city’s major transportation routes: public transit, Highway 401, etc. There are also several restaurants and bars nearby for those who want close access to places where they can eat out for the night. These neighbourhoods enjoy a vibrant nightlife and busy traffic during the workday, which explains the high presence of young professionals and white-collar workers within these communities.
Rouge Park, Highbush, Rougemont, Rosebank, West Shore, Woodlands, Amberlea, and Dunbarton are the neighbourhoods that make up West Pickering. While close access to the city’s amenities is provided to the inhabitants of these neighbourhoods, the majority of the outdoor activities and natural green spaces are located here. Golf courses, hiking trails, campsites, and much more are at the fingertips of West Pickering’s neighbourhoods.
One of the reasons that Pickering comes highly recommended by businessmen is the incredibly high quality of life that each and every part of the city provides. Cultural diversity,
extremely low crime rates, well-maintained parks and much more are just some of the reasons that Pickering’s real estate market is starting to pick up some serious
East Pickerington is home to an eclectic mix of properties. You can expect to find apartments available for rent at a fair price, low-rise and high-rise condos for all budget sizes, semi-detached townhomes, fully detached residential homes, fully attached townhomes, and the occasional bungalow. These homes are varied in age, yet most of them have a modern finish on both the exterior and interior. Many people pride these homes not just for their looks, but also for their close locations to several of the main amenities within the city.
West Pickerington differs from the eastern region in that it tends to be more suburban in nature. Most of the homes that you will see here include detached properties, semi-attached townhomes, and the occasional land lot for bigger properties that occupy several thousands of square feet. This area tends to be far more reserved in terms of activity, which leads to neighbourhoods that are mostly quiet. This seems to be the preferred option for those who are raising large families.
Data source: Toronto Regional Real Estate Board (TRREB) MLS® System/numbeo.com report for 2020/2021.
There are presently no post-secondary institutions that are located in Pickering. This is not seen as a negative due to Pickering’s
location, which provides access to notable universities such as the University of Toronto and York University. Most students in Pickering end
up leaving the city if they choose to pursue further education after they graduate high school.
There are currently 17 elementary schools (K-8), and 8 of those belong to the city’s Catholic school board. For those few parents interested in providing their child with the Montessori path of education, there are 3 schools within the city that are exclusively focused on that brand of learning. Notable schools for scholastic achievement and excellence include Elizabeth B. Phin, William Dunbar, and Maple Ridge.