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Peterborough Immigration Portal

The City of Peterborough offers an ideal mix of country and city living. Listed in the 2009 top 10 ranking of "Canada’s Best Places to Live", Peterborough features first-rate educational institutions, a thriving business sector and a welcoming environment for newcomers.

Peterborough is the gateway to "cottage country". The area immediately surrounding the city, the Kawarthas, is full of lakes and rivers that are tied together by the Trent-Severn Waterway. The waterway stretches from Lake Ontario to Georgian Bay, and is travelled in summer by yachts, powerboats, and houseboats.

Peterborough is an ideal place for entrepreneurial immigrants wanting to start a business. It has a skilled workforce, a great location and a diverse economy. There are also meaningful employment opportunities in many sectors for workers. New initiatives are helping employers attract, hire, and retain foreign-trained professionals.

The city’s many educational opportunities range from preschool for children to college or university for adults. For those looking to learn or improve their English, programs exist to meet all levels of proficiency. Visit the municipal immigraton portal for more information.

For more information on housing costs and trends, please visit the section for Peterborough on the Canadian Real Estate Association (CREA) website.


Peterborough is a mid-sized city with a diverse range of neighbourhoods and housing options set in an area known for its beautiful rivers, lakes and forests.  Peterborough offers quality of life in an affordable, safe and welcoming city.

Peterborough lift lock

 Peterborough and neighbouring cities:
Proximity to large centres Toronto Kingston Ottawa
Approximate distance 135 km 184 km 274 km
 Population size of Peterborough:
Population 74,898 residents
 Major industries in Peterborough:
Key industries Manufacturing
Health care
Services sector
 Climate in Peterborough:
Average temperatures January July
Years: 1971-2000 -8.9C 19.4C

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The Peterborough municipal immigration portal is funded and administered through the Ministry of Citizenship and Immigration, as part of the Municipal Immigration Information Online (MIIO) Program. Visit the Cities and Towns section of for more municipal newcomer sites.