September 20, 2016
Cast Your Vote in the 2016 Canada’s Best Restroom Contest
The polls close on Oct. 24
MISSISSAUGA, Ont. - Sept. 20, 2016 - Get Ready® to meet the finalists in the 2016 Canada’s Best Restroom contest. Hosted by Cintas Canada, Ltd., the Canada’s Best Restroom contest shines a spotlight on public restrooms with stunning stalls or incredible architectural details. The public is invited to cast an online ballot for their favourite washroom at through Oct. 24.
“This year’s nominees made it nearly impossible to narrow them down to only five finalists,” said Shawn King, Marketing Manager, Cintas Corporation. “These finalists truly understand the impact that being Ready® and having a clean, well-maintained and stocked public restroom has on customer service and repeat business.”
The 2016 finalists for the Cintas Canada’s Best Restroom contest include:
  1. W Montreal – Montreal, Québec
    The restrooms at W Montreal are a reflection of the city’s duality. Behind a former Bank façade, the W Montreal is where work and play merge both above and below ground, day and night. Its restrooms embrace this contrast, proving that design and function can coexist. The signature W fragrance, hand carved stone sink and immaculate styling provide for a sensory experience that extends the overall W energy.
  2. Sauce Italian Kitchen & Market – Calgary, Alberta
    The restrooms at the Sauce Italian Kitchen & Market are a true luxury, featuring a sculpted bronze handle on the solid wood entry door and sparkling epoxy floors. Each restroom stall boasts a full height white glass door with polished chrome hardware, Murano glass chandelier, purse ledge and tall mirror. The vanity, with its custom polished chrome base, is what takes this restroom to the next level. But function has not been overlooked, as the restroom utilizes only the best modern fixtures with touchless water flow on the lavatories and flushing of toilets.
  3. Assiniboine Park Lyric Theatre – Winnipeg, Manitoba
    The architecturally eye-catching, fun and colorful Assiniboine Park Lyric Theatre restrooms are constructed from three decommissioned forty-foot long sea containers. The innovative upcycling of these shipping containers solved both budget and construction constraints. The three containers add a fun feeling of modernity to the Park, juxtaposing the historical feel of the surrounding Lyric Theatre and Pavilion Gallery Museum buildings. The original yet practical design received the 2014 AZ Award for Design Excellence and the 2014 Prairie Design Award of Excellence.
  4. Whitecourt Esso Super Station – Whitecourt, Alberta
    Decorative lighting mounted overhead immediately catches your eye in these restrooms along the Alaska Highway. The men’s restroom features brown monochrome design paired with decorative wall tiles, giving this modern restroom a classy look. The combination of straight and curve edges on the countertops creates an interesting piece of art. Meanwhile, white subway and mosaic tiles give the women’s space a sleek and clean feel. Decorative sconces and ornate carved mirrors are perfectly placed along the walls to add a final touch of elegance.
  5. East Village – Calgary, Alberta
    In August 2011, the Calgary Municipal Land Corp. installed these high-tech, self-cleaning public toilets in Calgary’s East Village. They cost US $125,000 to build and boast automated toilet roll dispensers, modern hand washing and drying facilities and self-flushing capabilities. The washrooms play music when the door is closed and locked, and a sanitized toilet seat emerges from the wall. After 10 minutes, the doors automatically open, so there’s no lingering in this loo. They also feature artwork displayed on the exterior walls, which changes every 24 months.
The five finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. The winner will receive the royal restroom treatment from Cintas with $2,500 in facility services to keep their restrooms Ready for the Workday®.
Last year’s winner was the 1000 Islands Duty Free Shop in Lansdowne, Ontario, which won for its wow factor and attention to detail in both the women’s and men’s restrooms.
Cast your vote and check out past winners at
About Cintas Canada, Ltd.
Cintas Canada Ltd, with headquarters in Mississauga, Ontario is a subsidiary of Cintas Corporation. Cintas Canada designs, manufactures and implements corporate identity uniform programs and provides entrance mats, restroom cleaning and supplies, tile and carpet cleaning services to approximately 55,000 businesses in Canada. Cintas is a publicly held company traded over the Nasdaq Global Select Market under the symbol CTAS, and is a component of the Standard & Poor’s 500 Index.