Age-friendly Peterborough (AFP) has compiled a list of data related to older adults in the greater Peterborough area.

The objective of the dashboard is to help our community better understand what local older adults need to support healthy aging. It contains a snapshot of data to support the development of projects, initiatives, and resources that address barriers and issues experienced by local older adults. We have posted local Statistics Canada data and results from our 2022 Community Engagement Survey. We will continue to add to the dashboard. Our goal is to provide key demographic and psychographic information to help inform strong grant and research applications, which lead to a stronger age-friendly community.

Community-based Performance Metrics Project

In 2022, AFP in partnership with the Ministry for Seniors and Accessibility recruited members for a Performance Metrics Task Force. The Task Force created Community-Based Performance Metrics to answer the question 'What is required to ensure the safety and well-being of seniors in Peterborough?'

Community-Based Performance Metrics are measurable goals that are relevant, meaningful and specific for improving the quality of life for seniors in the Peterborough area.  Standardized measurement tools allow organizations to pool data so that the community can learn and benefit from shared experiences.  Data from programs developed by senior serving organizations will be posted on the dashboard. Our objective is to measure key performance metrics over time to demonstrate how the greater Peterborough area has worked together to support healthy aging and become a more age-friendly community.

Population Demographics of the Greater Peterborough Area

Demographics: Older Adults in the Greater Peterborough Area
Population of Older Adults Living in the Greater Peterborough Area (2016 and 2021)
CommunityCensus 2016Census 2021% Change 2016-2021
Asphodel-Norwood 900 1,115 19.28%
Cavan-Monaghan 1,685 2,110 20.14%
Curve Lake First Nation 180 265 32.08%
Douro-Dummer 1,365 1,760 22.44%
Havelock-Belmont-Methuen 1,275 1,520 16.12%
Hiawatha First Nation 85 90 5.56%
North Kawartha 690 1,025 32.68%
Otonabee-South Monaghan 1,390 1,695 17.99%
Peterborough 18,100 20,265 10.68%
Selwyn  4,190 5,350 21.68%
Trent Lakes 1,635 2,090 21.77%
Total Peterborough City and County 31,495 37,285 15.53%


(Source: Statistics Canada)

Demographics: Proportion of Seniors in Municipal Populations
Proportion of Seniors in Each Municipal Population
Asphodel-Norwood  22.40% 23.90%
Otonabee-South Monaghan 21.10% 23.90%
Hiawatha First Nation  20.70% 27.70%
Cavan Monaghan 19.30% 21.00%
Peterborough  22.30% 24.20%
Selwyn  24.60% 28.70%
Curve Lake First Nation 35  17.50% 21.50%
Douro-Dummer  20.10% 23.00%
Havelock-Belmont-Methuen  28.00% 29.90%
North Kawartha  27.80% 35.40%
Trent Lakes  30.20% 32.50%


(Source: Statistics Canada)

Age-friendly Peterborough 2022 Community Engagement Survey

Between March and June 2022, Age-friendly Peterborough conducted a community consultation survey and discussion groups to determine how age-friendly the greater Peterborough area is. The survey encouraged older adults to provide input on how the greater Peterborough area can be more age-friendly and what needs to change to support their healthy aging.

Some of the key findings from the survey are included below. You can submit an online request form to request a copy of the complete survey results.

Survey Respondent Demographics
Where survey respondents live
Community% of Survey Respondents
Township of Asphodel-Norwood 0.90%
Township of Cavan-Monaghan 3.60%
City of Peterborough 65.30%
Township of Douro-Dummer 0.90%
Township of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen 0.90%
Hiawatha First Nation 0.50%
Township of North Kawartha 0.50%
Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan 2.70%
Township of Selwyn 19.40%
Township of Trent Lakes 4.50%
Curve Lake First Nation 0%
Other 0.90%


Age ranges of survey respondents
Under 5555-6465-8485+
9.00% 29.00% 56.20% 5.00%
Individual after-tax annual income of survey respondents
Less than $19,000$19,000-$29,999$30,000-$44,999$45,000-$99,999$100,000+
6.90% 13.80% 14.70% 39.20% 7.90%
Basic Needs - Health and Housing

Basic Needs - Housing

We asked respondents questions about where they live, why they live there, and where they envision themselves living in the future. 

Top five identified supports to help older adults feel independent and comfortable living at home
Home Renovation Retrofit ProgramsGovernment Rebate ProgramsSocial Engagement OpportunitiesHome Maintenance ServicesNot Applicable
27.23% 27.60% 38.01% 33.48% 33.94%
Top five housing options most appealing to older adults
Rental HousingRetirement CommunitiesCollective DwellingsSupportive Collective DwellingsHome or Condo Ownership
16.67% 26.39% 30.09% 25.93% 72.69%
Top five identified supports to help older adults stay in their preferred housing choice
Home Renovations/UpgradingCommunity Engagement OpportunitiesHealthcare SupportsHome Maintenance ServicesMeal and/or Grocery Delivery Programs
36.36% 40.64% 33.16% 58.29% 25.13%

Other top identified concerns regarding housing in the greater Peterborough area:

  • Affordability concerns (40%)
  • Need for more accessible, affordable, innovative, and supportive housing options (28.4%)

Basic Needs - Community Supports and Health Services

We asked respondents questions about how they access local health and social services and how well the services meet their needs.

Top five challenges identified by individuals who are family caregivers
Financial DifficultiesMeeting the Needs of Other Family MembersReceiving Respite ServicesEmotional or Mental DistressSelf Care
31.82% 50.00% 38.64% 72.73% 54.55%
Top identified supports and services to help caregivers support their families
Financial Help/Basic IncomeAffordable Respite CareHomecare SupportsAwareness of Available Supports
28.57% 17.86% 17.86% 10.71%
Services older adults need to maintain their health and independence
TransportationPersonal Care ServicesAccess of Physical and/or Mental Health ServicesHome Maintenance Services
36.70% 23.40% 19.86% 14.89%
Barriers older adults face when accessing the services needed to maintain their health and independence
AffordabilityLack of Safe and Reliable TransportationLack of Local Healthcare Services and ProvidersUnsure Where to Find Services
27.36% 27.36% 11.33% 5.66%
Staying Mobile - Transportation

Staying Mobile - Transportation

We asked respondents questions about how they get around the community including the different forms of transportation they use, and how well they meet their needs. 

Top five ways older adults get around the community
Walk or Wheel (Wheelchair or Scooter)Public Transit (bus service)BicycleDriveDriven by Family/Friends
36.41% 10.14% 17.51% 88.94% 18.89%
Top five transportation barriers experienced by older adults
No Access to Public TransportationPublic Transportation FrequencyAvailability of Safe Sidewalks/TrailsSeasonal Access ChallengesNot Applicable
5.67% 15.46% 22.68% 33.51% 42.27%
Biggest unmet transportation needs of older adults
Local Medical AppointmentsOut of Town Medical AppointmentsPersonal TripsAccessing Public ServicesNot Applicable
9.60% 22.22% 10.10% 5.05% 68.69%
What would make active transportation a more appealing choice to older adults?
Dedicated Cycling InfrastructureImproved Snow/Ice RemovalMore SidewalksBetter Lighting
20.87% 13.91% 13.75% 10.43%
Learning and Contributing - Social Connections, Civic Engagement, Communication and Information

Learning and Contributing - Social Connections

We asked respondents questions about their awareness of, and involvement in community activities.

How older adults connect with others
TelephoneMobile PhoneE-MailSocial MediaVideo Calls
50.93% 82.41% 91.20% 66.67% 66.20%
How older adults stay physically and mentally active
Community Fitness ClassesSocial ClubsVisit the Library and/or ReadMember at Local Activity CentreIndependent Activities
25.00% 17.59% 51.85% 9.72% 79.63%
What prevents older adults from socializing and/or staying physically active?
Physical/and or Mental HealthCOVID/Pandemic ConcernsTransportationLack of Available Amenities/Facilities
26.32% 25.26% 9.47% 8.42%

Learning and Contributing - Volunteering and Civic Engagement

We asked respondents questions about their work, both paid and voluntary, and their involvement in the community.

Is continuing to work, whether full-time or part-time, mentoring, or volunteering, important to older adults?
YesNoNot Sure
64.00% 28.90% 7.10%
Top five barriers older adults perceive to staying in the workforce
Do Not Want to Work Full TimeLack of Awareness About OpportunitiesAge DiscriminationLack of Flexible Work ArrangementsNot Applicable
31.86% 15.69% 25.00% 20.59% 41.18%
What limits older adults from volunteering
Lack of TimePhysical and Mental HealthCOVID/PandemicUnaware of OpportunitiesLack of Transportation
43.27% 18.27% 8.65% 4.81% 3.85%

Learning and Contributing - Communication and Information

We asked respondents questions about how they access news and information about community events and services.

Topics older adults want to know more about
Community ResourcesInformation on How to Stay Healthy and WellHow to Get More Help to Stay at HomeSigns of Scams and FraudWills and Powers of AttorneyAdvanced Care Planning
54.94% 27.16% 36.42% 28% 30% 33%
Top five preferred ways for older adults to get information about programs, services, and resources
Dedicated Information Website for Older AdultsMediaSocial MediaProfessionals or Service ProvidersEvents, Workshops, Education Sessions
59.61% 54.19% 51.23% 46.80% 42.86%
Where older adults go to find more information about personal care supports
Local Home Care OrganizationLocal Older Adult Community AgenciesFamily Doctor and/or Health TeamWord of MouthUnsure Where to get More Information
57.80% 16.97% 63.85% 34.27% 18.31%

Other top comments and concerns regarding communication and information in the greater Peterborough area:

  • Information is not easily accessible
  • Communication through a variety of different media forms is needed
  • There is a need for in-print resources for those without access to technology