Council overview package for July 19, 2021

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City Council will consider the following items during its General Committee meeting starting at 6 p.m. on Monday, July 19, 2021:

General Committee meeting agenda

In addition to the open session of Council, Council will hold a closed session starting at 5:30 p.m. to consider two items related to:

  • Personal matters about an identifiable individual - Awards Program
  • A position, plan procedure, criteria or instruction to be applied to any negotiations carried on or to be carried on or on behalf of the municipality - Lease

The closed session is being held as permitted under Section 239(2)(b) and Section 239(2)(k) of the Municipal Act.

The recommendations from the General Committee meeting on July 19, 2021 will be considered by Council for ratification at its regular Council session on July 26, 2021.

As part of its efforts to reduce the spread of COVID-19, Council is meeting electronically/virtually. Residents can watch or listen to the livestream of the meeting at

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COVID-19 response and financial impact update

City Council will consider a report for information that shows there continue to be substantial financial impacts for the City related to the COVID-19 pandemic in 2021.

For January 1 to June 30, the analysis identifies estimates of $7.5 million lost revenue, $4.5 million direct costs, $3 million cost savings and $5.4 million program-specific funding related to Transit and Social Services and the Art Gallery for a net financial impact of $3.7 million. Lost Casino funding has been deducted from the net financial impacts of COVID as those funds were budgeted to be transferred to reserve for Capital Projects and therefore do not need to be recovered in this year to fund the City’s operations. After excluding Lost Casino Funds, the total operating impact of COVID is $3 million for the first half of 2021.

For 2020, the analysis identifies estimates of $14.9 million lost revenue, $5.6 million direct costs, $3.3 million cost savings and $6.9 million program-specific provincial funding related to Transit and Social Services for a net financial impact of $10.4 million. After excluding Lost Casino Funds, the preliminary estimated financial impact of COVID for 2020 is $7.6 million.

Police station facility needs study

Council will consider authorizing the hiring of Shoalts and Zaback Architects Ltd. to do a Police Station Facility Location Assessment Study at a cost of $125,000 plus tax.

Shoalts and Zaback has performed many location assessments, including for the recently completed Kingston Police Headquarters. It is fully experienced in this work and having completed the Peterborough Police Station facility review study are fully aware of the current needs for a new police facility in Peterborough.

The Police Station Location Assessment will include an assessment of alternative site locations using a cost/benefit analysis approach. The Location Assessment will involve the high-level assessment of up to seven potential Police Station locations and will undertake a comparative evaluation of the potential benefits, impacts, and risks of each site to determine a preferred site in consultation with the public and approval agencies.

City staff will work with Shoalts and Zaback and provide information on known available sites within the City. All new sites will be located within the boundaries of the City and preference would be given to a downtown location.

The goal of the Police Station Location Assessment is to bring forward to City Council a recommendation for a new Police Station Facility for the City. Once a site is recommended and approved by Council the next phase would be to complete the necessary Environmental Assessment work.

Age-friendly Peterborough update

Council will consider a report for information on the Age-friendly Peterborough program activities.

The Age-friendly Peterborough Action Plan has been adopted by the City, the County, all eight townships in the County, Curve Lake First Nation, and Hiawatha First Nation.

The Age-friendly Peterborough Advisory Committee has working groups with focuses on Basic Needs, Staying Mobile, Building Relationships, and Learning and Contributing to assist with implementation of the Age-friendly Peterborough Action Plan.

The Age-friendly Peterborough 2017-2020 Impact Report highlights accomplishments, such as:

  • Completed a Health and Housing Navigation Study where a searchable directory of seniors’ housing and healthy aging services was developed. This information will be available in the spring 2021 through 211, a telephone help line and website that will connect older adults, their family, and care providers to local community services.
  • Contributed to the Selwyn Township Rural Community Transportation project. “The Link” will provide a transportation service between Curve Lake First Nation, through Selwyn Township to the City of Peterborough that will increase accessibility to those in the service area.
  • Developed an Age-friendly Business program that involves training staff how to engage older adult customers, especially those with dementia and other health issues and how to make the physical environment safe and comfortable. AFP will publicly recognize businesses who participate in the program and take steps to become more age-friendly.
  • Conducted a Social Isolation to Social Inclusion research project that identified ten recommendations that informed the AFP 2021 work plans to develop actions that address isolation.
  • Organized successful annual events such as the Seniors Showcase and Summit of Aging that provide educational, informational, and social opportunities targeted at older adults. The Showcase has an average of 750 attendees and approximately 175 attend the Summit on an annual basis.
  • Completed an Older Adult Recreation, Leisure and Facilities Study that identified the recreation and leisure needs of older adults. The results and recommendations outline how the community can engage more older adults to participate in recreation and social opportunities in their community.
  • Accepted 2 awards: Sustainable Peterborough Partnership Recognition Award and Ontario Age-friendly Community Recognition Award. 

Ontario 55+ Summer Games

Council will consider a request from the Province for the City to host the 2022 Ontario 55+ Summer Games.

The City would contribute $175,000 toward hosting the games in 2022, with $135,000 coming from unspent funding Council approved for hosting the games in 2020. The games were cancelled for 2020 due to the pandemic.

The Province, through the Ministry of Heritage, Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries, would provide $235,000 toward the hosting of the games. There would also be registration fees from participants. The overall project budget for hosting the games would be $659,000.

The games has historically generated approximately $2 million in positive economic impact to the host community, based on information provided by the Ministry of Sport, Tourism and Culture Industries.

There are significant differences in the community compared to 2018 when Council originally decided to host the 2020 Games. It is not clear what the post COVID-19 demand will be for seniors to want to travel to a province wide event. The economic impact of the event may not be as substantial and may impact the overall budget if registrations are lower. Many of the venues have been closed for multiple years and will need to verify that they are interested and able to host the event at their facility.

Establishing a housing municipal service corporation

Council will consider next steps for establishing a housing municipal service corporation.

A draft business case for establishing the municipal service corporation for the City's municipal housing stock has been prepared. The next steps would be public consultation that's required under provincial regulations for establishing a municipal service corporation and consulting with Peterborough Regional Liaison Committee on the business case before reporting back to Council in October.

In February, Council approved moving forward with setting up a government business enterprise, also known as a municipal service corporation, as an alternative structure to facilitate affordable housing development in Peterborough.

Part of the provincial regulations for setting up this type of municipal corporation requires the development of a business case. The business case sets out the services to be provided by the corporation, the corporate structure, and its management and personnel structure. The business case also provides the rationale for creating the corporation, an implementation strategy, and a financial analysis.

In recognition of the need for a significant investment in both new affordable housing units as well as the replacement of existing social housing units that are reaching the end of useful life and are in need of redevelopment, the City has proposed the establishment of a municipal service corporation that would be responsible for the construction, financing and operation of approximately 1,100 new affordable and market housing units, as well as the management of the existing affordable housing portfolio currently held by Peterborough Housing Corporation (287 units). In addition, the municipal service corporation would coordinate with the City and Peterborough Housing Corporation on the redevelopment of six existing social housing sites (311 units).