Community Development

PSPC initiates and supports community action to respond to local needs identified in our social research and policy analysis. We work in partnership with other organizations to ensure that we have a diversity of perspectives at the table, the expertise required to undertake complex tasks, and the ability to make a lasting difference. Our goal is to build on local capacity to create a strong, healthy and just community.

Our community development work spans a range of initiatives. PSPC has helped to create and implement comprehensive community plans, including the Peterborough County City Municipal Social Plan and the Community Plan to Address Homelessness & Housing Insecurity. We have worked with the YWCA and Planning Together, a grassroots tenants association, to support neighbourhood development in low income neighbourhoods. Over the past 25 years, PSPC has helped to initiate a variety of organizations that meet needs within our community, including:

  • Community Opportunity and Innovation Network (COIN)
  • The LETS Exchange, a green dollar trading system
  • Seeds of Change 
  • Kawartha Foodshare
  • Affordable Housing Action Committee (AHAC)
  • Trent Research Community Centre (TRCC)
  • Lakefield & District Affordable Housing Group
  • Children and Youth Action Council

PSPC acknowledges the vital role of our community partners:

  • United Way of Peterborough & District
  • Peterborough County City Health Unit
  • YWCA
  • Kawartha Pine Ridge District School Board
  • Trent University
  • City of Peterborough
  • County of Peterborough
  • Affordable Housing Action Committee

PSPC is proud to be part of a vibrant community that continually seeks innovative responses to local issues.