About Peterborough

  • Situated in southeastern Ontario along the Otonabee River, Peterborough is conveniently located 70 miles east-northeast of Toronto. Population over 84,000.
  • Established in 1821, the town’s identity solidified in 1825 when named Peterborough after Peter Robinson, overseeing the settlement of nearly 2,000 Irish immigrants.
  • Evolving from its roots, Peterborough has become a thriving economic hub with a diverse industrial landscape, including advanced manufacturing, aerospace, and a burgeoning research and development sector.
  • Renowned for its technological contributions, Peterborough proudly hosts the world’s highest hydraulic lift lock (1904) and continues to innovate in various fields.
  • Enriching the cultural fabric, Peterborough offers interconnected lakes in the Kawarthas, providing a scenic backdrop for leisure activities. Notable landmarks include the historic Peterborough Lift Lock.
  • Beyond its economic prowess, Peterborough boasts a thriving arts community with a national reputation in creative arts. The city is also home to esteemed educational institutions, contributing to its vibrant and well-rounded character.

Housing Costs

Things to Consider When Renting; The budget, The number of rooms needed, Roommates, Location and proximity to appropriate grocery stores, school, etc., Transportation, Renter’s insurance, Cost of utilities, Parking, Laundry, Tenant Rights


Public Transit

  • Peterborough Transit offers reliable and accessible transit services, accommodating wheelchairs and medical scooters on all buses. Our fleet includes full-sized buses operating regular and express routes, along with the Accessible Van Service and the Community Bus. Additionally, as of May 2021, five buses are equipped with bicycle racks at the front, allowing cyclists to conveniently transport their bikes at no extra cost, providing added options and flexibility for travel.
  • Taxi services and ride-sharing options are available, providing additional transportation choices for residents and visitors.
  • Cyclists benefit from dedicated cycling lanes and bike-friendly routes, enhancing the city’s commitment to eco-friendly transportation options.
  • Taxi services and ride-sharing options provide additional transportation choices for residents and visitors.


Healthcare Hub

  • Peterborough is served by prominent healthcare institutions, including Peterborough Regional Health Centre (PRHC), offering a comprehensive range of medical services.
  • Residents have access to a network of family doctors and primary care physicians, ensuring ongoing healthcare support and routine medical care.
  • The city provides specialized healthcare services, covering areas such as cancer care, mental health, and women’s health, with dedicated centers and programs.
  • Peterborough has mental health facilities and services, providing crisis intervention, counseling, and support groups to address the mental well-being of its residents.
  • Peterborough has a well-established EMS system, ensuring prompt response to medical emergencies and providing pre-hospital care.
  • Dental services are available for eligible individuals, ensuring comprehensive oral health care for the community.


Support Services

  • The Community Connections Program in Peterborough provides comprehensive support for newcomers, offering group activities to enhance social connections, visits to Canadian cultural sites, social events, and informal conversation classes. The program also facilitates volunteer matching for individual tutoring in English language and citizenship test preparation.
  • In Peterborough, the Welcome Pass Program grants newcomers’ free access to local cultural activities, while the Newcomer Guidebook & Map offers valuable information on various aspects of life in Peterborough, available in multiple languages. Eligibility for services varies, and most activities are free, fostering a welcoming and inclusive environment for immigrants and refugees.