The City of Peterborough provides funding to outside organizations for the provision of service. These organizations are Police Services, Fairhaven, Peterborough County/City Paramedics Service, Otonabee Region Conservations Authority, Peterborough Public Health, Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development, Peterborough Humane Society, Peterborough Family Heath Team, Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster and the Downtown Business Improvement Area.


Police Services

In accordance with the Police Services Act, the Peterborough Police Service has a separate budget process, which includes submission to, and approval by, the Police Services Board.

In accordance with Section 39 (1) of the Police Services Act, the board shall submit operating and capital estimates to the municipal council that will show, separately, the amounts that will be required, to maintain the police force and provide it with equipment and facilities; and to pay the expenses of the board’s operation other than the remuneration of board members.

Subsections 3 and 4 of Section 39 stipulate that upon reviewing the estimates, the council shall establish an overall budget for the board for the purposes described in clauses (1) (a) and (b) and, in doing so, the council is not bound to adopt the estimates submitted by the board. In establishing an overall budget for the board, the council does not have the authority to approve or disapprove specific items in the estimates.

For 2020, the net Police Services budget includes $607,033 from Selwyn Township for police services on a contract basis to the Lakefield Ward within the Township of Selwyn. The budget also includes $1,295,614 for contracted services to the Township of Cavan Monaghan.

Performance data

The budget includes additional revenue of $1,066,824 as a result of the Court Security Prisoner Transportation (CSPT) Program from the Ministry of Community Safety and Correctional Services Grant.

This budget addresses the requirement to adequately resource core policing and administrative functions, as required under the Police Services Act. It is a maintenance budget with no new programs and no new positions.

Reserve planning continues with annual contributions of $27,500 to the Strategic Plan Reserve. These funds will be utilized for the consultation, preparation and printing of the next plan for 2024-2027.


On December 13, 1999, Council agreed to provide long-term funding support for the Fairhaven Home Rebuild project and resolved:“that the Peterborough City Council include in its capital budget for the next 20 years up to $700,000 per year, subject to the confirmation of final cost through a competitive tender process, to be put toward the capital cost of rebuilding Fairhaven Home.”

At the time, the $700,000 annual amount was to be a maximum amount that, when combined with the County’s $350,000 annual contribution, and the contribution from the Province through a $10.35 per bed, per day subsidy, would be used by the Home to meet annual mortgage payments on an approximate $24.5 million twenty-year mortgage expected to be taken out by the Home when construction was complete.

Under the terms of the Ministry of Health’s funding formula for such “Category D” rebuild projects, the provincial contribution of 50% of the cost of the facility will be paid over 20 years as a $10.35 per bed, per day subsidy. This provincial subsidy would amount to $956,000 annually and would be allocated toward the debt repayment, and the balance of the debt repayment was to be paid for through operating revenues, operating surpluses (reserve transition fund), and the City/County financing commitment.

The City’s commitment expires in 2021. The actual annual amount of this obligation is $679,074.

In addition, a provision for Fairhaven's Operating Budget in the amount of $1,350,000 (2019 - $1,116,700), has been included in

2020 Operating contribution. The total obligation to Fairhaven from Operating is $2,029,074.

As part of report CPFS12-062 dated September 4, 2012, Council resolved that, beginning with the 2013 Capital Budget, an annual amount be included to support Fairhaven’s capital program for on-going capital funding for Fairhaven. An amount of $225,191 (2019 - $216,447) is included in Other Capital.

Peterborough County/City Paramedics Service
The County of Peterborough is the delivery agent for the paramedic service for both the City and the County. The City’s portion of

PCCP expenses for 2020 has been budgeted at $5,436,832 or a 1.2% increase over the 2019 budget. The cost share between the City and the County is based on population. The City share for 2019 is unchanged from 2017 at 58.62%.

This amount is based on preliminary information from the County. A final budget is expected early in 2020. Once the final 2020 budget is known, it is recommended that any adjustments to the City’s portion of the PCCP budget be netted against the 2020 general contingency provision.

At its January 28, 2019 meeting, Council approved an expansion of service for PCCP; the 2020 incremental impact of this increase in costs is funded from reserve.

Otonabee Region Conservation Authority

The 2020 budgeted contribution is $808,633, which represents a 5.0% increase over the 2019 amount. The budgeted amount includes the following two items over and above the base levy:

  • Source Water Protection - $18,500
  • City’s portion of Special Capital Levy – Millbrook Dam - $18,332

The budget is a preliminary estimate until the ORCA board approved 2020 budget is received. Once the final 2020 budget is known, it is recommended that any adjustments to the City’s portion of the ORCA budget be netted against the 2020 general contingency provision.

Peterborough Public Health

The local share of public health costs, after deducting the MOH contribution, is allocated to the City, County, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation based on population. The City’s 2020 budgeted contribution is $1,463,501 which is a 10% increase over 2019. 

The Minister of Health announced at AMO that starting January 1, 2020, all municipalities will transition to a 70-30 provincial-local cost sharing funding model for public health and that in the first year, no public health unit will experience an increase over 10% of current costs as a result of this cost-sharing change.

The budget is an estimate only, as the PPH board has not yet approved a 2020 budget. Once the final 2020 budget is known, it is recommended that any adjustments to the City’s portion of the PPH budget, beyond any impacts related to the Funding Allocation Proposal, be netted against the 2020 general contingency provision.

Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development

Pending Council approval of Report CAO19-014, dated December 2, 2019, an agreement will be in place between the City, County of Peterborough and the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation (operating as PKED) for the four-year period January 1, 2020 to December 31, 2023.

The agreement will obligate the City and County to participate in the funding of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation over the four-year period. The 2020 recommended funding in the Draft 2020 Budget is $1,009,677, which is two per cent higher than the 2019 budgeted base level.

Peterborough Humane Society

The City and Peterborough Humane Society (PHS) entered into a five-year agreement in 2014 ending in 2019. In 2016, the agreement was amended and extended to December 31, 2021. PHS provides animal control services including enforcement of the City's animal control by-laws and provincial legislation. In addition, PHS operates the City's Pound and issues dog and cat licences.

The City pays an all-inclusive price for the services and PHS retains Pound fees; destruction and disposal fees; license fees and 50% of fine revenue collected.

Performance Data:

The PHS provides the City with monthly reports detailing numbers of impounded animals; strays received; number and type of by-law complaints; number of warnings issued; charges laid; and number of tags issued.

Peterborough Family Health Team

As of July 2015, the delivery of service for the Doctor Recruitment Program moved from PKED to the Primary Health Care Services of Peterborough.

Annual net costs are allocated to the City and County in proportion to their permanent population, as established by official census

statistics. The City’s share remains unchanged at 58.62% of the Doctor Recruitment Program, or $21,220.

Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster

2019 was the first year of a three-year funding Agreement with Greater Peterborough Innovation Cluster (GPIC).

The funding agreement is for $140,000 in each of the years 2019, 2020 and 2021.

Downtown Business Improvement Area

In February 2017, the City made a 20-year commitment to assist the Downtown Business Improvement Area (DBIA) in promoting the Central Area and for security purposes, in which the City makes an annual payment to the DBIA in the amount of $150,000. If the annual payment is not fully spent by the DBIA in any calendar year, the DBIA can retain the unspent portion in a reserve to be spent in subsequent years as required.

This commitment by the City is in addition to the City's annual commitment for cleaning in the Central Area ($96,400) and "in-kind" moneys ($27,500).