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 Health Team, Innovation Cluster and the Downtown Business Improvement Area.


Police Services

In accordance with the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act 2019, the Peterborough Police Service has a separate budget process, which includes submission to, and approval by, the Police Services Board. In accordance with Section 50 of the Comprehensive Ontario Police Services Act, 2019:

50 (1) A municipality that maintains a municipal board shall provide the board with sufficient funding to, (a) provide adequate and effective policing in the municipality; and (b) pay the expenses of the board’s operation, other than the remuneration of board members. 

50 (2) A municipal board shall submit operating and capital estimates to the municipality that will show, separately, the amounts that will be required to, (a) provide adequate and effective policing in the municipality, including the amounts required to provide the police service with required equipment and facilities, having regard for the various ways that the board can discharge this obligation; and (b) to pay the expenses of the board’s operation, other than the remuneration of board members. 

Subsections 4 and 5 of Section 50 stipulate that: 

50 (4) Upon reviewing the estimates, the municipality shall establish an overall budget for the municipal board for the purposes described in clauses (1) (a) and (b) and, in doing so, the municipality is not bound to adopt the estimates submitted by the municipal board. 

50. (5) In establishing an overall budget for the municipal board, the municipality does not have the authority to approve or disapprove specific items in the estimates. 

The Police Services Board 2024 request of $35,075,187 is 15.3%, or $4,651,318, higher than 2023.

In addition to funding from the City, the increase in budgeted net expenditures of $4,651,318 includes revenue increases of $253,224 and a decrease in contributions from Police reserves of $(830,000).

2024 Overview

Police Services
Description2024 recommended
Expenditures $40,468,201
Revenues $5,9393,014
Net Police Services Expenditure  $35,075,187
Net Cost Police Services $35,075,187

The Police Capital Budget includes funding for Fleet Renewal, IT System and Improvements, and Equipment, as well as a Police Service Strategic Plan as mandated in Section 30 of the Adequacy and Effectiveness Regulation (O.Reg. 3/99) of the current Police Services Act.


Fairhaven is a municipally funded long-term care home located in the City of Peterborough. The City funds two-thirds of Fairhaven operations and Peterborough County funds one-third.

Operating Support

Fairhaven requested operational funding from the City in the amount of $1,573,250, an increase of $23,250 from the 2023 Budget.

Contribution to Reserve 

With the end of the Debt Servicing commitment in 2021, a portion of those funds have been contributed to reserve for Fairhaven future capital needs.

Fairhaven Capital Funding

Fairhaven has limited revenue sources, and the Ministry of Health and Long-Term Care does not provide funding for capital projects, equipment, or the building. As part of report CPFS12-062 dated September 4, 2012, Council resolved that beginning with the 2013 Capital Budget, an annual provision would be included in each draft Capital Budget to support Fairhaven’s on-going capital program. The provision for 2024 is $259,000 (2023 - $253,000).

2024 Overview

Description2024 recommended
Expenditures $1,623,250
Net requirement $1,623,250
Peterborough County/City Paramedics Service

The County of Peterborough is the delivery agent for both the City and the County. PCCP provides care, treatment, and transportation to the residents and visitors of Peterborough County, City, and surrounding areas. 

The fundamental mission of the Peterborough County/City Paramedics is: 

  • To be available on a 24-hour basis to respond with optimum speed and efficiency to all emergencies;
  • To provide emergency patient care to the public we serve. Emergency patient care includes the stabilization, treatment, and transportation of the acute and critically injured; and
  • The transport of patients between health care facilities or to or from residences for admission, discharge and/or treatment.

The City’s portion of the PCCP expenses for 2024 has been budgeted at $6.4 million or a 4.1% increase over the 2023 funding request. 

The cost share between the City and the County is based on population as per the 2021 census. The City’s share is 56.64% (2023 – 56.64%). 

The budget is a preliminary estimate until the County 2024 budget is approved in early 2024. Once the final 2024 budget is known, it is recommended that any adjustments to the City’s portion of the PCCP budget be netted against the 2024 general contingency provision.

2024 Overview

Paramedics Service, Peterborough County/City
Description2024 recommended
Expenditures $6,556,159
Revenues $174,893
Net requirement  $6,381,266
Otonabee Region Conservation Authority (ORCA)

ORCA is a community-based environmental agency that protects, restores, and manages the natural resources within the Otonabee Region watershed. Otonabee Conservation works with its eight member municipalities to create a healthy, environmentally diverse watershed that improves the quality of life for residents, makes our area more appealing to visitors and new business, and helps to ensure a more vibrant regional economy.

The 2024 budgeted contribution is $855,118, which represents a 2.9% increase over the 2023 amount. The budgeted amount includes $18,500 for Source Water Protection.

2024 Overview

Otonabee Region Conservation Authority
Description2024 recommended
Expenditures $855,118
Net requirement $855,118
Peterborough Public Health
Peterborough Public Health (PPH) serves residents throughout the City and County of Peterborough and offers a wide range of programs and services ranging from healthy eating workshops, poverty reduction initiatives, and oral health clinics to controlling infectious disease outbreaks, water safety and sexual health clinic services.

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 contribution amount included in the 2024 budget is the PPH requested amount of $1,780,741, an increase of 15.5%.

2024 Overview

Peterborough Public Health
Description2024 recommended
Expenditures $1,780,741
Net requirement $1,780,741
Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development (PKED)

PKED is the regional economic development organization contracted to provide a variety of economic development services for the City and County of Peterborough.

Report CAO19-014, dated December 2, 2019, approved an agreement 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 obligates the City and County to participate in the funding of the Greater Peterborough Area Economic Development Corporation over the four-year period. This agreement was subsequently extended to December 31, 2024. There are two components to the transfer to PKED, core funding for Economic Development and Physician Recruitment. The City’s share of core funding for 2024, using the 2021 census figures, is $1,015,112. The amount for Physician Recruitment is $226,021 for the total of $1,241,133. The Physician Recruitment funding request has increased from $1/population to $2.50/population for 2024, an increase of $144,799 over 2023.

2024 Overview

Peterborough and the Kawarthas Economic Development
Description2024 recommended
Expenditures $1,241,133
Net requirement $1,241,133
Peterborough Humane Society
Peterborough Humane Society (PHS) provides animal control services including enforcement of the City's animal control by-law and provincial legislation. PHS also operates the City's Pound and issues dog and cat licenses. In addition to providing services to the City, the PHS is an affiliate member of the Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty of Animals (OSPCA), mandated to prevent cruelty to animals, including domestic, livestock/farm, working animals, zoos, and wildlife. The PHS advocates responsible pet ownership through education, in addition to operating a shelter and fundraising activities.

This role is separate and apart from that of the PHS’s contractual arrangements with the City, but it allows the City to benefit from the expertise and training of the OSPCA officers who enforce the City’s by-laws and the highest standards of animal care that are set out in the OSPCA Act. The City pays an all-inclusive price for the services as well as the property taxes at the PHS’s facility. PHS retains Pound fees; destruction and disposal fees; dog and cat license fees and 50% of fine revenue collected.

A new City / PHS agreement was approved through Report CLSFS21-045 dated November 16, 2021 The agreement is a five-year agreement for the period ending December 31, 2026.

2024 Overview

Peterborough Humane Society
Description2024 recommended
Expenditures $457,060
Net requirement $457,060
Innovation Cluster

The City provides funds to the Innovation Cluster for the City's share of operating requirements.

The Innovation Cluster has been very successful with its numerous programs and resources focused on enabling entrepreneurs to enhance their skills and launch innovative companies that create jobs in the region. 2024 represents the third year of a five-year agreement with the Innovation Cluster. The agreement includes a provision for an inflationary increase and expires December 31, 2026.

2024 Overview

Innovation Cluster
Description2024 recommended
Expenditures $146,393
Net requirement $146,393
Business Improvement Areas

The City has two Business Improvement Areas: The Peterborough Downtown Business Improvement Area and the Village Business Improvement Area. Both were created for the improvement, beautification and maintenance of municipally owned land, buildings, and structures in the area, beyond that provided at the expense of the City, and for the promotion of the area as a business and shopping area. 

Section 205 of the Municipal Act, 2001 states the following regarding budgets submitted by Business Improvement Areas:

  1. A board of management shall prepare a proposed budget for each fiscal year by the date and in the form required by the municipality and shall hold one or more meetings of the members of the improvement area for discussion of the proposed budget. 
  2. A board of management shall submit the budget to council by the date and in the form required by the municipality and the municipality may approve it in whole or in part but may not add expenditures to it.

There is no net impact to the City in approving the Levy submitted on behalf of the BIAs as the amounts levied are raised annually by a special charge upon the rateable properties in each of the business areas. 

Through Report CAO17-008 dated September 5, 2017, Council adopted By-law 17-095 being a by-law to implement and update local policies to guide the operation and conduct of existing and new business improvement areas for the benefit of their members and the residents of Peterborough.

2024 Overview

The Peterborough DBIA was designated by the City in 1981. The boundaries are north to Murray Street, west to Bethune Street, south to Dalhousie Street, east to the Hunter Street Bridge. The DBIA represents over 400 businesses in the Downtown core.

The budget submitted by the DBIA reflects a 3.02% increase over 2023. This budget was approved and ratified by members at their Annual General Meeting on June 29, 2023. 

City Contributions to the DBIA

In addition to collecting the levy from members of the DBIA, the City's 2024 Operating Budget includes four additional amounts that support the activities of the DBIA.

In-kind Services Budget of $27,500 is used to support events by helping to pay for road closures, paid-duty policing, and park rentals. 

The Public Works budget includes an allocation of $133,500 for Street Cleaning within the DBIA. 

On February 13, 2017, in consideration of Report OCS17-003 – OMB Appeal – 1400 Crawford Drive, Council committed to make an additional financial contribution towards the DBIA in the amount of $150,000 for a term of 20 years.

Downtown Business Improvement Area
Levy $351,500

The following chart summarizes the funding to the DBIA.

Funding to the DBIA
Public Works (Street Cleaning) $133,500
Other expenditures (DBIA In-kind Services) $27,500
DBIA (DBIA Settlement) $150,000
Total $311,000

The 2024 Budget includes $18,360 for the Village Business Improvement Area, a 2% increase from 2023.

Village Business Improvement Area
Levy $18,635