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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.

downtown Peterborough's George Street with Market Hall clock tower as focal point

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 boardsa 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.


Mayor’s Greeting

On behalf of the City Council, I am pleased to welcome you to the City of Peterborough’s Immigration Portal.

The City of Peterborough is one of nine municipalities located in the County of Peterborough. It was incorporated as a town in 1850. Peterborough is named in honour of Peter Robinson, an early Canadian who promoted and organized the first major settlement of Irish immigrants to the area.

Peterborough has a lower cost of living than in other urban centers, reliable labour and high quality post-secondary institutions. Peterborough is also home to Trent University and Fleming College.

The city has an amazing variety of museums, art galleries, cultural exhibitions, live theatre, aboriginal heritage, historic sites and a thriving music scene, as well as easy access to the rivers, lakes and cottage living of the Kawarthas.

The city of Peterborough is a great place to live, work and raise a family. I hope you will visit this web site, explore our city, and come and see us. I am sure if you visit, you will want to stay.

To contact my Office or those of your City Councillor, please visit us at the City of Peterborough website.

Peterborough City Council members standing in the Council Chambers
Mayor Therrien with City Council

Mayor Diane Therrien