Community consultation, people sitting in chairs clapping, person walking with portable mic

The annual budget process includes community consultation at the beginning of the process before setting the guideline for the development of the draft budget, before the draft budget goes to Council for its deliberations, and before Council considers final approval of the draft budget.

Community engagement opportunities
DateEngagement opportunity
Monday, April 15 Opening of public survey on budget priorities
Monday, April 15 Ward 1 Otonabee public meeting, Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre, 775 Brealey Dr., 7 p.m. to 9 p.m.
Thursday, April 18 Ward 2 Monaghan public drop-in session, Clonsilla Fire Station 3, 839 Clonsilla Ave., 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Thursday, April 25 Ward 3 Town public drop-in session, Peterborough Public Library, 345 Aylmer St. N., 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.
Monday, April 29 Ward 5 Northcrest public drop-in session, Northcrest Community Centre, 100 Marina Blvd., 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Tuesday, May 7 Ward 4 Ashburnham public drop-in session, Peterborough Museum and Archives, 300 Hunter St. E., 6 p.m. to 7 p.m.
Friday, May 10 Closing of public survey on budget priorities
Wednesday, May 22 City Council, Finance Committee meeting to hear public delegations on the preliminary guideline for the 2020 Budget development
Monday, June 24 City Council to consider ratifying its Finance Committee’s decision on the guidelines for the creation of the 2020 Budget, opportunity for public delegations during the meeting
Monday, January 13, 2020 Public meeting to hear from the community on the draft 2020 Budget
Monday, January 27, 2020 Council considers final approval of the 2020 Budget, opportunity for public delegations

Online community engagement space

Visit our Connect Peterborough site to share comments online about the draft 2020 Budget and to find resources and information all in one convenient space. While you're there, see what other community engagement opportunities are currently active.

2020 Budget page on Connect Peterborough

Budget Roadshow and survey on community priorities

Between April 15 and June 24, 2019, City Council hosted a series of five Budget Roadshow drop-in meetings to hear from the community on priorities for the 2020 Budget. The City offered a survey on community priorities that was available both online and in hard copy, which generated 996 responses. We asked respondents to rank the importance of issues in our community; here’s what we heard:

  1. Housing, accommodations
  2. Infrastructure, transportation
  3. Cost of living
  4. Social issues
  5. Economy, jobs, economic issues
  6. Health, public health
  7. Environment, environmental issues, sustainability
  8. Addiction and overdoses
  9. Crime, criminal activity
  10. Property taxes
  11. Provision of recreation facilities
  12. Governance and transparency

What We Heard report

 Complete 2020 Budget survey results spreadsheet
Notes from Town Ward budget meeting on April 25, 2019


  • More affordable housing exploring different models i.e., tiny homes, more portable rent subsidies identifying vacant city land for housing, made developers include affordable housing in new developments
  • Further investment in rent subsidies is highly recommended
  • Reduce barriers (zoning bylaws) to accessory unites throughout the whole city (not just downtown core)
  • Get rid of off-street parking minimums for both residential and commercial properties 
  • New stricter enforcement of housing bylaws reporting rental properties and landlord/tenant relationships, particularly in regards to upkeep of student / student-oriented residences
  • Some better ways of creating safer housing for students (absentee landlords)
  • More affordable housing and a variety of tenure types - to do this need incentives for developers to do this consistently
  • Co-op housing needed here and more than just 3 projects we have

Economic development

  • Jobs that play living wage
  • City becomes a living wage employer and encourage suppliers and third-party contractors to do the same
  • Less precarious opportunities and more solid jobs
  • More engagement for start ups at City of Peterborough
  • Better support of social enterprise
  • More services for local business (or promotion of them) other than membership-based services
  • Competition sensitivity - push repeaters to other areas of town ward to help develop these neighbourhoods (e.g., limit of coffee shops, or green stores or art stores) because saturation hurts businesses
  • Adopt social procurement policy


  • Increase development charges (Schedule 1 of Official Plan) in peripheral greenfield areas
  • Develop fees/taxes for large parking areas
  • Community fund from sale of PDI, keep as capital fund to support energy, local efficiency and innovation and climate change actions
  • Align development charges, credits, calculations with environmental elements in the development of the site (e.g. solar panels, energy efficiency)
  • Do a budget analysis through various lenses - equity, gender, sustainability, who does this benefit, local/regional vs global support/impact
  • City-led advocacy at the provincial level for issues like Basic Income
  • More infill of intensification efforts over greenfield development - Town Ward is the place for the intensification
  • Kitchen/compost pickup

Vision for the future

  • More boat slips at the little lake, big boats are bypassing the marina as it is full, so they don’t stop and spend money
  • Maintain democratic practice
  • Don’t get lured into trying to compete with sharply growing cities e.g., Milton and Barrie
  • Build around transit hub (spruce it up) make it something that town ward can be proud of
  • Add another campus downtown/town ward, good for business
  • HOV lanes - pedestrian days on some stress not just during events
  • Better integration of all transportation (water, 2-wheel, 2 leg, 4 wheel)
  • More green pathways around town

Parks/green space

  • Urban gardens, fruit trees, raspberry bushes maybe some community bee hives with the honey donated to community meal programs or food banks
  • Shift funds from local parks study to developing or explained master plans for key, large, natural parks
  • Greater support for Nourish’s work in the City and County’s 47 gardens
  • Continue to fund the local parks study and include planning for late natural areas - also be sure to finalize the Natural Heritage Strategy and ensure the Parks Master Plan takes into consideration the NHS
  • Encourage residents to use parks, green space
  • The downtown Jackson Creek area is in desperate need of green space and safe places for everyone to get out and enjoy the outdoors
  • Start planning for what could be done with churches now
  • Support the adoption of the new Parks and Open Space Master Plan and emphasize/support of equitable distribution of green spaces in all neighbourhoods (low and high income) = spatial equity
  • Support green walls and roofs on businesses in the downtown to help mitigate against air pollution
  • Support planting more native trees in the downtown core
  • Depave some of the parking lots and plant more trees
  • Support the effort to “open up” Jackson Creek in areas where it is “built over”

The arts

  • Individual artist grants (judged by actual artists)
  • Any new wall murals should be done by local artists
  • Street pianos on some parks along the water
  • Public art projects should be more varied than mural after mural - we don’t have many mural artists, but do we have a lot of poets!


  • Would recommend restructuring the Peterborough Youth Council to focus on better promotion of the group, meaningful involvement of the participating students in tangible projects, and with more direct communication with City Council/or connects youth services
  • Would further recommend investment in better promotion of youth services/supports directly to schools and locations with high youth populations, of awareness of youth services provided is often low
  • Need to be encouraged to participate - try visiting schools and classes to listen to them
  • More youth friendly spaces (or welcoming ones at least)
  • Youth friendly business
  • What about actually using the Youth Council as an advisory body and have them give youth recommendations on issues before Council - this group should be used more efficiently instead of planning parades
  • How could this group also brome more representative of al of our youth - include funds in the budget to do more youth engagement, especially to involve vulnerable youth in decision making

Ideas for Town Ward

  • Tear up all contracts to perform, dust moving, divert the money to provide taxi rides for people being discharged from emergency department midnight to 7 a.m. at PRHC.
  • Plant trees, insulate roots, install double glazing
  • Install whitefish yellow spectrum LED lightning
  • Support Mitsubishi outlander PHE vehicle
  • Fair trade and coffee and cocoa procurement contracts
  • Fix and maintain sidewalks, especially in Town Ward outside downtown, many are unsafe with people with visual impairments
  • Provide a location for a safe consumption site


  • Transit route redesign/length adjustments would be recommended as current route designs were founded on having all busses arrive/leave at he same time, which rarely works out in practice and leads to large scale delays in the busses
  • Relying on ptbo transit twitter is an insufficient method of keeping aware of transit delays
  • Highly recommend expanding peak time service
  • Sunday transit service should be extended to math the Saturday schedule - it is exceptionally inconvenient having the last outbound Sunday transit trip occurs at 6:40
  • More frequent Go bus service, if this is do-able at the municipal level
  • Shift from hub and spoke system to grid routs for busses, more frequent service (with such infrequent service only those who have to use the bus will do so
  • Explore feasibility of electric busses
  • Consistent (sustained) funding to expand
  • Do an active transportation master plan so that walking and cycling routes are logically thought and consistently budgeted for
  • Ensure the sidewalk policy and strategic plan are consistently implemented and budgeted for adequately every year
  • Awesome complete street on George street, very overdue, find more places in the City to do this - there are extremely long stretches of Lansdowne Street that need safe places to cross
  • More cohesiveness among all forms - transit, cycling walking etc.
  • More transit service – 40-minute rotation is not helpful for employment or access to services
  • Work to reduce the stigma around those that do use transit
  • Liven up the hub, it’s seen as an eye sore
  • Youth pricing
  • Bike racks on busses
  • Keep busses going into 333 hedonics at right for safety until 11 - many seniors live there who are ill