Victoria's Langley Street Loo Flushes the Competition - Named Canada's Best Restroom

We're number one! Victoria's Langley Street Loo has flushed the competition and been named Canada's Best Restroom in the 3rd Annual Cintas' Canada's Best Restroom Contest.

The Langley Street Loo was a fan favourite in Cintas Canada's annual contest beating out the other four top contenders to take the crown in this year's competition. Canadians voted Toronto the No. 2 place to go "No. 1" with This Is London Club and Earls placing second and third. The Georgian Court Hotel in Vancouver, British Columbia came in fourth, and fifth place went to the Centre for Professional Training in Repentigny, Québec.

Located at Bastion Square, the Langley Street Loo is applauded for its open design, offering the optimal balance of personal privacy and public access. It features a unisex toilet, exterior hand washing station, graffiti proof coating, and a lit sign that makes it easy to find at night. This ready-made stainless steel facility is fully accessible for people with disabilities. The Langley Street Loo was purchased from the City of Portland, Oregon, in 2011 for $90,000 and is maintained throughout the day by the City's sanitation crew.

A media event was held this morning at Bastion Square where the award was presented to Mayor Dean Fortin.

“The Langley Street Loo is part of a larger strategy that ensures our downtown is vibrant and safe – day and night,” said Mayor Dean Fortin. “Access to public amenities, like a 24-hour washroom, are important to our downtown community. It is even better when those amenities are attractive and innovative.”

“It's not the most lavish restroom by any measure but that's the beauty of a public poll, everyone's opinion counts,” said Rod Farquharson, Director of Sales and Operations for Cintas Western Canada. “At the core this contest is intended to recognize public washroom facilities that ‘serve' residents in surrounding communities and the Langley Street Loo is the essence of hospitably when you consider it's an all-accessible, well-maintained, ecofriendly and free facility,” he added.

The 2012 contest attracted nominations from a wide range of businesses, including restaurants, hotels, educational institutions and nightclubs. Five finalists were selected based on cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements.

Thousands of votes were cast online through October, which produced the following results:

First Place:  Langley Street Loo - Victoria, British Columbia

Second Place:   This is London Club - Toronto, Ontario

Third Place:   Earls- King Street - Toronto, Ontario

Fourth Place:  The Georgian Court Hotel  - Vancouver, British Columbia

Fifth Place:  Centre for Professional Training Repentigny - Québec

Cintas Canada launched the Best Restroom Contest in 2010 to honour those businesses across the country that place hygiene and style at the top of their priority lists. Proprietors recognize the parallel between clean washrooms and customer retention.

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 and document shredding services to approximately 55,000 businesses in Canada.

Images of all five finalists are available at:

Thanks to all those who voted for Victoria's Langley Street Loo!