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Ward Boundary Review

About The Review

The City currently has five wards: Otonabee (Ward 1), Monaghan (Ward 2), Town (Ward 3), Ashburnham (Ward 4) and Northcrest (Ward 5).  Two Councilors are elected per ward and the Mayor is elected at large.  This governance model would not change as part of the ward boundary review.

Over the years, the wards have experienced population growth and boundary expansion due to development and annexation. A ward boundary review is required to equalize the number of electors in each ward to ensure effective representation. Population in wards should not be more or less than 25% different from the average. Current population for each ward from the 2016 census and projections for 2026 are reflected in the chart below:

 Ward Population - No Changes
Ward  2016 Census Population 2026 Projected Population
 Otonabee (Ward 1) 14 995  16 373
 Monaghan (Ward 2) 21 316  26 510 
 Town (Ward 3) 12 617 13 669 
 Ashburnham (Ward 4) 15 376 19 175 
 Northcrest (Ward 5) 16 728 20 645

The following chart shows what the average population is and what it should be in 2026, and shows the threshold for 25% above and below the average: 

 Average Population Per Ward
  Target +25% -25% 
 2016 Census 16 206 20 258  12 154 
 2026 Projected Population 19 232 24 040  14 424 

In determining effective representation, Section 15 of the Electoral Boundaries Readjustment Act, R.S.C. 1985 outlined that voter parity must be balanced with natural/physical boundaries and geographic communities of interest.

The Supreme Court decision of The Attorney General for Saskatchewan versus R. Carter Q.C., known as the Carter decision, further defined the term “effective representation”, in relation to the Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The ruling determined that additional factors also needed to be taken into consideration, such as: capacity to represent, size and shape of wards, and population growth within wards.

Staff have drafted three proposals under the following guiding principles:

  • That effective representation be the overriding principle.
  • That City Council remain at its present composition of Mayor and Ten Councillors.
  • That any new ward boundaries be designed to accommodate growth and population shifts for at least 10 years.
  • That any new ward boundaries should achieve a general balancing of populations between wards, with a maximum variance between any two wards not to exceed a 25 per cent threshold.
  • That ward boundaries should attempt to provide effective representation of electors, protecting communities of interest and traditional neighbourhoods. 
  • That physical features such as natural boundaries and major transportation corridors be used to delineate ward boundaries.

The Options

Ward Option A Image Map

 Option A
   2016 Census Population  2026 Projected Population
 Otonabee (Ward 1) 14 995 16 373
 Monaghan (Ward 2) 17 009 21 967 
 Town (Ward 3) 16 924  18 212 
 Ashburnham (Ward 4) 15 376  19 175 
 Northcrest (Ward 5) 16 728  20 433 

Population Difference

(Highest - Lowest)

2 014  5 594 

Ward Option B Image Map         

 Option B
   2016 Census Population  2026 Projected Population
 Otonabee (Ward 1) 17 998 19 270
 Monaghan (Ward 2) 12 878 17 795
 Town (Ward 3) 18 062 19 487
 Ashburnham (Ward 4) 15 376 19 175
 Northcrest (Ward 5) 16 728 20 433

Population Difference

(Highest - Lowest)

5 184 2 638

Ward Option C Image Map  

 Option C
   2016 Census Population  2026 Projected Population
 Otonabee (Ward 1) 17 998 19 270
 Monaghan (Ward 2) 16 130 22 026
 Town (Ward 3) 18 062 19 487
 Ashburnham (Ward 4) 15 376 19 175
 Northcrest (Ward 5) 13 476 16 202

Population Difference

(Highest - Lowest)

4 586 5 824


Your Feedback

Residents of the City of Peterborough are invited to review the proposals and fill out a digital feedback form or to visit any one of our public meetings to ask questions and provide feedback. Election Staff will be available in the main lobby of City Hall every Wednesday from 1:00 p.m. to 4:30 p.m.  beginning on July 19th to September 6th, 2017 to answer questions and hear your feedback and will be hosting additional sessions on:

Monday, July 17, 2017(4:30 p.m. – 6:30 p.m.) City Hall Main Lobby
Thursday, August 24, 2017(2:00 p.m. – 4:00 p.m.) City Hall Council Chambers
Thursday, September 7, 2017(6:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m.) City Hall Council Chambers