Community Services coordinates 16 facilities and numerous programs through five divisions: Arenas, Arts Culture and Heritage, Community Services Administration, Recreation and Social Services. The Community Services department also administers the Community Grants portfolio as well as coordinating a number of special events and projects.


The Community Grants program provides funding to non-profit, community-based organizations that deliver direct programs, services, or activities that improve the quality of life for residents. The grants support activities in the areas of social services and health, arts, culture, heritage, recreation, and the environment. These activities can range from small special events to operations for larger organizations. 

Community Development Program

The Community Development Program (CDP) will continue to improve the well-being of residents in the City and County through
the delivery of projects, information, referrals, and support to enhance social development and fill service gaps. 


Implementation funding of $50,000 for the Community Safety and Well-being Plan has been included for the first time in 2023. These funds will be used to support City and County initiatives. 

The salary for the 2-year contract of the Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Officer is being drawn from the CDP Reserve. This
contract ends on July 5, 2023. This position has been approved to become full-time permanent and will continue to be a 50/50 cost share between the City and County. The salary and benefits cost of $63,825 have been included for the remainder of 2023. 

The budget for the Daily Meal and Drop-in Service currently provided by One Roof increased to $257,000 as per the terms of our agreement. This is 100% City funds. 

Implementation of the Age-friendly Peterborough Plan continues with projects and programs that engage, educate, and inform older adults on issues that are important to their health and well-being. 

The Homemakers program assists low-income seniors and others with housekeeping services to allow them to remain in their homes if possible. This program is an 80/20 cost share between the Province/City and County. 

Funding support is being provided to the Ontario 211 ($22,470) and Kawartha Food Share food security programs ($21,865) on a
50/50 City/County cost share. Funding to Community Care Peterborough ($22,303) and the New Canadians Centre ($14,784)
is paid 100% by the City. This funding is reviewed on an annual basis.

Performance data

In 2022, through the various levels of grants awarded, a total of 69 organizations were supported.

Community grants
Grant type202020212022 (forecast)
Project $19,200 $15,590 $15,525
Investment $209,500 $213,960 $217,438
Service $1,091,137



Total $1,319,837 $1,320,687 $1,359,681
Number of organizations 80 66 69
Community Development Program
Program type202020212022 (forecast)
Senior Events Participants 95 2,483 1,862
Homemaker Clients 95 75 90
Average Daily Meals 126 170 210
DEI Training Sessions Delivered 0 0 20
DEI Participants 0 0 350

2023 Overview

Community Services Administration
Description2023 recommended
Expenditures $1,770,359
Revenues (Waste Water Reserve Fund) $48,649
Net requirement $1,721,710
Community Development Program
Description2023 recommended
Expenditures $947,426
Revenues $522,291
Net requirement $425,135