Mississauga Public Washroom Declared One of Canada’s Best

Some people hate them and avoid them at all costs, while others appreciate them for what they are--a blessing to be grateful for in one’s time of biological need.

While all public washrooms are useful, not all are created equal--especially in Mississauga.

The Mississauga-based Cintas Canada, a company that provides restroom and other supplies to businesses across the country, recently asked residents to vote for their favourite local restroom. The nominees were entered into the brand’s annual Canada’s Best Restroom Contest, and now, five finalists are vying for the top spot.

And one of those finalists is the pristine bathroom in Erin Mills Town Centre.

It's second on the list of five lucky bathrooms and it's one of two Ontario washrooms to make the cut.

"From restaurants to education centres to malls and even car dealerships, this year's finalists showcase the best of the best in washroom decor, cleanliness and function," said Candice Raynsford, marketing manager, Cintas Canada Ltd.

"Our contest celebrates businesses that go the extra mile to improve customer satisfaction by maintaining clean, innovative facilities. We're excited to find out which washroom will win the public's heart and be crowned this year's winner!"

The 2018 finalists for the Cintas Canada's Best Restroom contest include:


1. Anh and Chi - Vancouver, British Columbia

Anh and Chi's gender-neutral washroom transports guests to a tropical rainforest with its iconic Martinique wallpaper, mirroring Vietnam's lush jungles. The wooden cabinets, custom made doors and gold Kohler faucets warm the sleek cement communal sink that extends the length of the room. Within the stalls, guests are met with a private, fully enclosed and luxurious getaway - candle and aroma reeds included. Inspired by tradition and modernity, the unique light fixtures by Cedar & Moss and smoky mirrors within the washroom accent the restaurant's design and warm atmosphere.


2. Erin Mills Town Centre - Mississauga, Ontario

As part of its $100 million renovation, the new Erin Mills Town Centre facilities were designed and built to be fully AODA compliant, allowing complete accessibility for all. The washrooms feature adequate space for those requiring assistive devices and/or personal assistance and include a spacious nursing room. Colourful flowers and mosaic art complement the sleek, crisp white Corian and warm Jatoba wood tones. The final touch is the eye-catching ceiling light cove, giving these washrooms a bright and airy ambiance that mimics natural lighting.


3. Oretta - Toronto, Ontario

Upon entering Oretta, guests are met with art-deco-inspired zig-zag patterned walls and floors, sky-high arched ceilings and a pink and gold wall installation. Atop Oretta's elaborate golden staircase, visitors will find a long hallway with dark blue doors, leading them to private washrooms that alternate in color, from white and gold to black and gold. Each facility features sleek marble tiled walls, modern fixtures and a globe light. The oval mirror, bright lighting and decor make these washrooms the perfect space for Instagram enthusiasts to snap an artistic after-dinner selfie.


4. Saskatchewan Science Centre - Regina, Saskatchewan

Immersive, engaging and educational - the Saskatchewan Science Centre washrooms are an extension of its entertaining exhibits and respond to the call of nature with... the call of nature! The concept of an "outhouse in the woods" was created through the use of floor, wall and ceiling visuals as well as an audio soundtrack which transports visitors to the boreal forests of Saskatchewan. The washrooms mimic the act of stepping into another world where you can do your business amid the sights and sounds of nature - without having to worry about bears.


5. St. Albert Honda - St. Albert, Alberta

The St. Albert Honda washrooms feature an accent wall intended to represent the revolutions per minute (RPM) meter in a vehicle and the redline effect. The revving restrooms promote convenience and cleanliness with specialty fixtures, such as touchless faucets, soap dispensers, hand dryers, towel dispensers, automatic air fresheners and deluxe baby change stations in both female and male washrooms. The hands-free "stepNpull" door opener ensures contact with door handle germs is avoided when exiting the washrooms. Once outside, guests can use a conveniently located touchless hand sanitizer for an added touch of cleanliness.


Cintas says the five finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

The winner will receive $2,500 in facility services to help keep their restrooms perfect.

Cintas says last year's winner, the Bayview Shopping Centre in Toronto, took the crown for its elegant chandeliers and stylish nursing room, equipped with a changing station, sink and cushioned chairs.

If you want to support the glorious facilities at EMTC, you can vote for them from now until Aug. 17.

To vote, click here.

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