The Greater Peterborough Area is home to approximately 135,000 residents. We offer an exceptional quality of life, an affordable cost of living, and access to first-rate educational institutions. We are one of Canada's most walkable cities. A safe and clean city, Peterborough is a short drive or bus trip from Toronto, Ottawa and Montreal, and offers the ideal mix of city and country living. Our close proximity to major markets in Canada and the United States makes Peterborough a great place to start a business.When you choose to come and live in Peterborough, you will be continuing one of Peterborough’s longest traditions. Beginning in the 1800’s, successive waves of people moved to this area to build Peterborough into the city we know today.
Peterborough values you as New Canadians – and the skills, experience, and knowledge that you bring with you. The Peterborough Partnership Council on Immigrant Integration is implementing a community strategy to help immigrants successfully settle into the area. This website is one of the first projects of the Council, and it has been created with the help of recent immigrants, immigrant service providers, service agencies, and local employers.
This website has been created for those who are either thinking of immigrating to Canada, or who have recently arrived. It contains information to help you decide if you want to live in Peterborough and how to get settled here.
Take time to explore our website to find out more about Peterborough. We hope you will consider making Peterborough your new home!
Why choose Peterborough?
Peterborough is special for so many reasons. You will experience the advantages of city living, while enjoying the benefits of the natural world. The city offers safe neighbourhoods, with community centres, parks, trails and other activities for the whole family.
Peterborough is an ideal place to start your own business, offering many resources and programs to help you along the way. This city is home to three school boards, a university, and a college.
The Indigenous Community who lived in this area for thousands of years before Europeans arrived, continue to be active members of the community to this day. Over the last two hundred years people from over a hundred countries have helped make Peterborough a diverse community that is rich in culture and history. As a result, Peterborough is home to numerous multicultural organizations and associations.