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Cintas has unveiled its five finalists for the 2020 Canada's Best Restroom Contest. The public can vote now through Aug. 14 for the restroom they think should be named the best in all of Canada. The winning restroom will receive a Cintas UltraClean restroom cleaning service and $2,500 in facility services from Cintas.

“We’re excited to share these fantastic finalists from coast-to-coast with the public,” says Sonia Mendes, senior marketing manager, Cintas Canada, in a press release. “How a business maintains its facilities reflects their commitment to customer service. This contest recognizes the growing number of companies that are going the extra mile to provide clean, well-maintained washrooms. We hope the public shows its support for each of the five finalists.”

Nominees were judged based on five criteria: cleanliness, visual appeal, innovation, functionality and unique design elements. The five finalists include:

Bicycle Thief – Halifax, Nova Scotia

The Bicycle Thief restrooms are modern and stylish, with guests’ comfort as their top priority. The restrooms feature fully enclosed, well-stocked stalls with artwork and scented candles in each one. Large, decorative mirrors cover the adjacent walls, providing wide angles of the restroom’s marble walls and facilities. Fresh flowers are changed daily and placed along the granite countertops. Other features include touchless soap dispensers, hand sanitizer, porcelain sinks, chrome faucets, and touchless towel dispensers.

Hawthorn Dining Room – Calgary, Alberta

Designed with Frank Architecture, Hawthorn wanted its washrooms to be simple yet elegant. They feature bold wallpaper with oversized flowers, giving the washrooms a light touch, which works great against the strong modern vintage décor in the dining room. Instead of regular lighting, Hawthorn added light rose diffusers to give the space a warm yet soft glow. Hawthorn partnered with Lowen’s Natural Skincare, a local Calgary company, to make curated spring/summer and fall/winter lines of soaps and lotions only available in Hawthorn. In addition to this soft yet sophisticated design, Hawthorn wanted to ensure its washrooms were inclusive for everyone with the addition of a separate gender-neutral space.

Leña Restaurante – Toronto, Ontario

Located on the lower level of Leña Restaurante, a lively Argentinian-inspired restaurant at the corner of Yonge and Richmond, you’ll find a playful, exotic corridor leading to the restrooms. The hallway is sheathed in a strikingly beautiful animal wallpaper, which happens to be the same pattern that Leña’s own Chef Anthony Walsh has in his family home. The floors are adorned with dramatic zebra herringbone tiles. The walls feature two luminous fisheye mirrors, perfect for unconventional selfies. The stalls themselves are private and roomy, featuring a spacious washbasin with brass accents.

Westview RV Park – Wetaskiwin, Alberta

These washrooms recently underwent a major makeover. Westview wanted to give its customers the five-star treatment and make them feel comfortable while staying at the park. The epoxy floors are textured for less slips and rounded corners were created for ease of cleaning. Meanwhile, concrete countertops and fancy tile make this the most unbelievable campground washroom anywhere.

Yorkdale Shopping Centre – Toronto, Ontario

Yorkdale’s gender inclusive washrooms offer an inclusive option for anyone, including people of diverse gender identities and those who may require accompaniment of some kind. The modern washrooms feature a frosted glass sink with waterfall edge, bright blue tile and a large seating area near the entrance. The mall also includes six women’s and six men’s washrooms, two family washrooms, three nursing rooms and 12 single washrooms.

To view each restroom and place a vote, click here.