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Ward Boundary Review

The City of Peterborough's ward boundaries have been modified since the last election to equalize the number of electors in each ward to ensure effective representation. The review only affected Otonabee (Ward 1), Monaghan (Ward 2), and Town (Ward 3). 

Approved changes will take effect for the next term of council and will come into place on December 1, 2018. As a result, they will also be used for the next municipal election on October 22, 2018.

The City continues to have five wards: Otonabee (Ward 1), Monaghan (Ward 2), Town (Ward 3), Ashburnham (Ward 4) and Northcrest (Ward 5).  The political structure where two Councillors are elected per ward and the Mayor is elected at large remains unchanged. 

During the summer and fall of 2017, City staff hosted three formal public consultation sessions and offered eight drop-in sessions to gather feedback on several options to equalize the population in each of the five wards.

Why A Change Was Needed

As demonstrated in the following chart, under the old boundaries the populations of Town (Ward 3) and Monaghan (Ward 2) continued to grow apart.

  2006  2011 2016  2026
Otonabee (Ward 1)  14 305  14 926  14 995 16 373
Monaghan (Ward 2)  19 309 20 384 21 316 26 510
Town (Ward 3) 12 875 12 569 12 617 13 669
Ashburnham (Ward 4) 14 337 15 307 15 376 19 175
Northcrest (Ward 5) 14 633 15 512 16 728 20 645

Census data was used to calculate the ward populations from 2006-2016. Data for 2026 are projections. While the Official Plan is still pending, projections for 2026 were based on figures from the City's planning and building divisions. The figures included registered but not built, draft approved, pending approval, intensification and other development potential and presumed full occupancy for high, medium, and low density units. Development demand was also based on numbers provided by the province through the Places to Grow forecast. 

The New Map

Council voted to adopt what was referred to as "Ward Option D". This option affected Otonabee (Ward 1), Monaghan (Ward 2), and Town (Ward 3). By modifying these boundaries, ward populations would be: ‚Äč

 Option D
   2016 Census Population  2026 Projected Population
 Otonabee (Ward 1) 16 351 17 517
 Monaghan (Ward 2) 16 053 21 011
 Town (Ward 3) 16 524 18 024
 Ashburnham (Ward 4) 15 376 19 175
 Northcrest (Ward 5) 16 728 20 433

Population Difference

(Highest - Lowest)

1 352 3 494
 

The ward structure beginning with the next term of council - the Council elected on October 22, 2018 - is shown here with this New Ward Map

 

The Current Map

The current map remains in effect until the end of the current term of council. City Councillors still represent those that elected them in 2014. The current ward structure is shown here with this Current Ward Map