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Why Choose Peterborough

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.

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.

At one time, Peterborough was known as Canada’s canoe-building capital, and today is the home of the Canadian Canoe Museum. Peterborough is known for food processing, automotive supplies, electronics, aerospace and life sciences/biotechnology industries and is home to General Electric and Quaker Oats. In 2004 the city was ranked the number one location for business in Ontario by Canadian Business magazine. This is due in part to 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, historical 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 website, 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 here.

- Mayor Jeff Leal