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Pickering opens registry for local resident action goups

The City of Pickering recently approved a new policy and a formalized registration process to better profile and support local Ratepayer Associations.

A Ratepayer Association is an organization, formed by a group of residents in a defined area, that comes together to address issues affecting its neighbourhood, said an explanatory statement from the city. It plays an important role in the process of civic engagement through advancing community initiatives and raising awareness about matters affecting the community. As such, the city introduced a formal registration process to help increase public awareness of these groups, and better profile them as a resource for the broader community.

“Pickering is a diverse and growing city, and it is important to highlight and support the various ways that residents can build connections, share knowledge, learn more about local government, and contribute to the city’s success,” said Mayor Kevin Ashe. “Ratepayer Associations provide a unique forum for residents to collaborate with their neighbours, and discuss local opportunities and challenges related to the community they call home.”

The statement said Ratepayer Associations can receive a number of benefits by formally registering with the city, including the following (restrictions may apply, view section 08 of Policy ADM 270 for details): 

  • Complementary black and white printing.
  • Direct email notification of upcoming council and committee meetings.
  • Direct notification of certain matters pertaining to public engagement or statutory notices, initiated by the city, that may impact their geographic boundaries.
  • Promotion of the Ratepayer Association’s details on the city’s dedicated website page.
  • Access to one free city facility meeting space to hold an All Candidates Meeting in an election year, subject to availability and the city’s scheduled programs and services.
  • Recognition as a Registered Ratepayer Association for the purpose of delegating at a committee or council meeting.

Visit for registration details, eligibility criteria, the Ratepayer Association Policy, and more.

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