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Peterborough Community Wellbeing Plan

About the Community Wellbeing plan

The Community Wellbeing Plan will:

  • Make recommendations for Council’s consideration related to  quality of life priorities
  • Provide a framework for progress reports and outcome measurement
  • Continue to improve community engagement

“Community wellbeing is the combination of social, economic, environmental, cultural, and political conditions identified by individuals and their communities as essential for them to flourish and fulfill their potential.” -(Wiseman and Brasher)


  1. Recommend municipal priorities to improve the quality of life for Peterborough residents (based on CIW domains – democratic engagement, education, environment, healthy populations, leisure and culture, living standards, time use, community vitality)
  2. Provide a framework for progress reports and outcome measurement
  3. Improve community engagement


What is the municipalities’ role and priorities for community wellbeing? Municipalities are already active in the area of community wellbeing. As the Consolidated Municipal Service Manager for Ontario Works, Children’s Services, and Housing and Homelessness for the City and County of Peterborough the Social Services Division is required to develop service plans in these areas. Locally, municipal governments including the City, have also taken an active role in Age-Friendly Peterborough, Sustainable Peterborough, and Accessibility plans all of which contribute to community wellbeing. The existing Municipal Social Plan is is outdated; and there are other social issues that are not addressed through it or any of the other above plans. A municipal Community Wellbeing plan will build on these existing plans and support the strategic directions in the areas where there may be gaps related to issues like safe and thriving neighbourhoods, retention of youth through education and jobs, vibrant neighbourhoods, and inclusive community design.

There are many organizations and committees across the Peterborough area also working on community wellbeing. They are looking to connect with each other and to work more efficiently together. The goal is to make Peterborough area a place for residents to live, grow, and thrive. The question is how and toward what priorities? There seems to be a desire for a shared vision, evidence based approaches and systems to track progress but there is no clear coordinating entity yet. Nor are we clear to what extent the municipalities should be involved in supporting a range of various social supports. Meeting the needs of the people of Peterborough cannot be in isolation or solely the responsibility of municipalities. A cross section of stakeholders from the public sector, the not for profit sector, and the business sector must collaborate for the goal of community wellbeing.

Now is the time for the City and County of Peterborough to take a lead role to help further this development. We know a lot about the community vision based on a number of other strategic planning processes. This plan is about action and making the vision a reality. The questions to the community now are about how to make the vision a reality? Is someone already doing this (other plans)? If not, should the municipality take a role and what should that role be? The plan will be developed with the people of the Peterborough area, meeting them in their communities and neighbourhoods. Neighbourhood and community is an important concept in the community engagement although this will not be a neighbourhood based plan though actions make take place in the neighbourhoods and communities.

Guiding Principles

  • Respect and Trust
  • Inclusive participation – including urban and rural
  • Driven by Common understanding and purpose
  • Collaboration across government and throughout community
  • Transparency
  • Accountability
  • Aware and sensitive to organizational capacity
  • Responsiveness (Timeliness)
  • Commitment to continuous improvement – evaluation

Community Wellbeing

Help Us Determine What Aspects of Community Wellbeing Should be a Priority

Please take 15 minutes to complete a survey and help identify what aspects of community wellbeing should be a priority for your local government. Answer all or any questions. If you do not feel comfortable answering a question, feel free to skip it.

This survey has been EXTENDED will be available until October 31st, 2017Click here to access it.

You can also pick up a hard copy of the survey at Social Services or at City Hall. Feel free at any time to submit your comments or survey answers by email or phone.

If you require an alternate format of the survey, reach out to the project manager Nancy Fischer by phone at 705-748-7777 Ext. 1477 or by emailing


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