Best Restroom

2018 Canada’s Best Restroom finalists announced

Friday, July 20, 2018

Cintas Canada has announced the five finalists for its 2018 Canada’s Best Restroom contest.

The finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. Members of the public are invited to vote for their favourite restroom until Aug. 17, with the winner to be announced in the fall. The winning restroom will receive $2,500 in facility services and will be added to Cintas Canada’s Best Restroom Contest Hall of Fame.

“Our contest celebrates businesses that go the extra mile to improve customer satisfaction by maintaining clean, innovative facilities,” said Candice Raynsford, marketing manager at Cintas Canada, in a press release. “We’re excited to find out which washroom will win the public’s heart and be crowned this year’s winner!”

The 2018 finalists are:

Anh and Chi – Vancouver, B.C.

Anh and Chi’s gender-neutral restroom features iconic Martinique wallpaper, providing a tropical touch. Wooden cabinets, custom-made doors and gold Kohler faucets provide a warm touch to the sleek cement communal sink that spans the length of the restroom. Each restroom stall features little luxuries, including candles and aroma reeds. Unique light fixtures by Cedar & Moss and smoky mirrors enhance the restaurant’s design and atmosphere.

Erin Mills Town Centre – Mississauga, Ont.

Erin Mills Town Centre recently underwent a $100 million renovation, including facilities that were designed and built to be fully AODA compliant, allowing complete accessibility for all. The restrooms feature space for those requiring assistive devices and/or personal assistance and include a spacious nursing room. Colourful flowers and mosaic art are featured alongside the sleek white Corian and warm Jatoba wood tones. An eye-catching ceiling light cove mimics natural lighting.

Oretta – Toronto, Ont.

Oretta’s restrooms sit atop an elaborate golden staircase, down a long hallway with dark blue doors, each leading to private restrooms that alternate in colour, from white and gold to black and gold. Each cubicle features sleek marble tiled walls, touchless tap fixtures and a globe light over an oval mirror.

Saskatchewan Science Centre – Regina, Sask.

The restrooms at the Saskatchewan Science Centre are an extension of its entertaining exhibits. The restrooms’ concept is “an outhouse in the woods”, which was created through the use of floor, wall and ceiling visuals, as well as an audio soundtrack of the boreal forests of Saskatchewan.

St. Albert Honda – St. Albert, Alta.

The St. Albert Honda restrooms feature an accent wall that represents the revolutions per minute (RPM) meter in a vehicle and the redline effect. This restroom features touchless faucets, soup dispensers, hand dryers, towel dispensers and automatic air fresheners. Both male and female restrooms feature deluxe baby changing stations. These restrooms also help prevent the spread of germs with a hands-free “stepNpull” door opener, and for those that may desire it, a touchless hand sanitizer dispenser outside the restroom door.

Last year’s winner, the Bayview Shopping Centre in Toronto, was crowned Canada’s Best Restroom for its elegant chandeliers and stylish nursing room, which features a changing station, sink and cushioned chairs.

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