The City of Peterborough is committed to demonstrate leadership for accessibility in the community. Our goal is to meet the diverse needs of all people and follow the principles of dignity, independence, integration, and equal opportunity. We will strive to achieve an inclusive environment for our facilities, goods, services, employment, information, and transportation.

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Gordon and Arbie Holnbeck Award

Nominations are open for the 2019 Holnbeck Award. The deadline to submit a nomination application is May 17, 2019 at 4:30 p.m. If you require help in completing the form contact Sadie Norrad 705-742-7777 ext 1785 or email us

The Holnbeck Award will be presented at the beginning of the Council meeting on Monday, June 24, 2019 in the City Hall Council Chambers, 500 George St N.

The Holnbeck Award is a lifetime achievement award given to people who have enhanced the quality of life for people with disabilities. Between 1989 and the end of 2018, forty-four people have received the Holnbeck Award, and eighteen people have received award.

The Holnbeck Committee was established to oversee the award process with representation from the Peterborough and County Disaster Trust Fund Committee, the City of Peterborough, the County of Peterborough, the Council for Persons with Disabilities, the Peterborough Accessibility Advisory Committee, and the joint Township of Selwyn and County of Peterborough Accessibility Advisory Committee.

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National AccessAbility Week

We have partnered with Council for Persons with Disabilities to plan a week of fun activities to celebrate National AccessAbility Week.

We also have the Accessibility Champion Award that recognizes businesses who go above and beyond eliminating barriers. 

Nominate a business 

Sunday, May 26, 2019
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. Opening ceremony and Walk for Guide Dogs at the East Peterborough Lions Club, 347 Burnham St., Peterborough
Monday, May 27, 2019
  • 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Assistive Listening Device display and Wheelchair Clinic at the Peterborough Public Library
  • 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Christian Horizons Dance at the Royal Canadian Legion
Tuesday, May 28, 2019
  • 10:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. - Kid's Story Time with assistive listening devices at the Peterborough Public Library
  • 2 p.m. to 3 p.m. - Adult Book Club with assistive listening devices at the Peterborough Public Library
  • 7 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Adult Book Club: The Immortalist by Chloe Benjamin with assistive listening devices at the Peterborough Public Library
Wednesday, May 29, 2019
  • 12:30 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. - Public swim at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre
  • 1:30 p.m. - Abilities obstacle course with Fleming College at the Peterborough Sport and Wellness Centre
  • 5:30 p.m. to 8 p.m. - Axe throwing at the Peterborough Axe Throwing Club, cost is $20 per person
Thursday, May 30, 2019
  • 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. - Pet Spa Day at the George Street Pet Valu, call 705-868-3960 to make an appointment
  • 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. - Inclusive Art Program with Christian Horizons at 685 The Queensway, email to secure a spot.
  • 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. - Pajama story time for kids with assistive listening devices at the Peterborough Public Library
Friday, May 31, 2019

Plans, policies and reports

Transforming Peterborough to be a place where every person can participate is important for people, businesses and community life. The City of Peterborough continues to plan for the future so that programs, services and facilities are accessible and welcoming for everyone.

2018 to 2020 Accessibility Plan   Accessible Customer Service Policy Integrated Accessibility Standards Policy Status Report Compliance Report

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