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Programs and Initiatives

Peterborough Renovates Program

The Peterborough Renovates Program (PRP) is one of several housing programs offered by the City of Peterborough that are supported by the 10-year Housing and Homelessness Plan for Peterborough. PRP provides loans and grants to low and moderate income homeowners, in the City and County of Peterborough, with needed repairs, including accessibility and efficiency upgrades.  Accessibility grants up to $5,000 and forgivable loans up to $25,000 are available. This Program Backgrounder outlines some key points about the Peterborough Renovates Program.

Some types of building repairs and upgrades that may be eligible under this program include:

  • Foundational and structural, heating systems, windows, exterior doors, roofs, septic systems, water supply, electrical and plumbing, and accessibility features

Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & District is the delivery agent for this program. Please direct questions and requests for application packages to Habitat for Humanity by phone, email or in person. 

Habitat for Humanity, Peterborough
Phone 705-750-1456 or toll free 1-855-750-1456

Street Address  550 Braidwood Ave. Peterborough ON  K9J1W1 
Hours Monday to Friday from 9:00a.m. to 4:00p.m. 

Note: Funds have been provided by the Governments of Canada and the Province of Ontario through the Investment in Affordable Housing - 2014 Extension program.

This program is delivered on a first-come, first-served basis to eligible applicants who complete Phase 2, while funding is available. Applications will be available until September and processed as funding is available. When funding for each year has been expended, applicants will be placed on a waiting list until more funding is available under that year's allocation.


Rent Supplement Programs

Rent supplements help people with low-incomes by making rent more affordable in the City and County of Peterborough.  Through an application, rent supplements assist people in financial need and people who are on the Centralized Waiting List for social Housing. There are two ways that the rent supplement amount is determined: flat-rate or geared-to-income.

  • Flat-rate rent supplements involve $100-$250 per month paid to the landlord. Low-income verification is required for eligibility.
  • Geared-to-income rent supplements bring the cost of rent for the tenant to 30% of their monthly income, plus or minus utility amounts.  The rent supplement pays the remaining amount to the landlord.  If the tenant’s income, income source or household composition changes, then both the supplement and the amount of rent they are required to pay may change.  Low-income verification is required for eligibility.

Some rent supplements are attached to units in specific buildings.  Others are “portable”, which means that the tenant can move and the rent supplement can be transferred along with them into their new home.  Rent supplement availability is limited.

Details on where to apply and the types of rent supplement:


Rent Supplement Type

For Example

Housing Access Peterborough

526 McDonnel Street Peterborough


Geared-to-income supplement, paid to landlord

Based on income verification and eligibility, 30% of Jane's monthly household employment income is $500.  Her rent is $750, therefore the rent supplement amount is $250.

Housing Resource Centre

540 George Street Peterborough


Flat-rate supplement, paid to landlord Based on Joe's income verification and eligibility $200 is the set rate of his rent supplement.

If you are a private landlord who is looking for more information on the Rent Supplement Program, please contact Housing Access Peterborough at 705-742-0439 or Housing Resource Centre at 705-743-2272.

This Rent Supplement Program Outline provides additional information about the rent supplement programs in the City and County of Peterborough.


Homeownership Assistance Loan Program - closed for 2016

The application process for the Homeownership Assistance Loan Program is closed for 2016.

This program aims to help eligible renters buy a home in the City or County of Peterborough. This program is delivered on a first-come, first-served basis, as funding is available. For more information please contact the Housing Division at 705-742-7777 extension 4663 (HOME).

Note: Funds have been provided by the Government of Canada and the Province of Ontario through the Investment in Affordable Housing - 2014 Extension program.