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Flexible Financing & Support For Small Business

Our mission is to generate and assist in the creation and maintenance of sustainable employment opportunities in the City and County of Peterborough by supporting small businesses through flexible financing and business services.

Since 1985, Community Futures Peterborough has:

  • Invested $28 million in 700+ small businesses 
  • These 700+ businesses have created or maintained more than 3,300 jobs in the City and County of Peterborough

Annual Report 2013-14

Annual Report 2014-15

Annual Report 2015-16

About Community Futures

The Community Futures Program supports 61 Community Futures Development Corporations (CFDCs) in Ontario. FedDev Ontario serves 37 in rural eastern and southern Ontario. 

The Community Futures program was established with the purpose of helping communities develop and implement local solutions to local opportunities by providing financial support to organizations that, in collaboration with others, can provide support to small and medium-sized companies.

Community Futures offices provide a wide variety of programs and services supporting community economic development and small business growth. In particular:

  • Strategic community planning and socio-economic development;
  • Support for community-based projects;
  • Business information and planning services; and
  • Access to capital for small- and medium-sized businesses and social enterprises.

Community Futures Development Corporations are community-based, not-for-profit organizations staffed by professionals and are each governed by local volunteer boards of directors familiar with their communities’ needs, concerns and future development priorities.

Our Vision
Community Futures Peterborough fosters a vibrant and sustainable community by supporting business development.

FedDev Ontario

Community Futures Peterborough receives operational funding and support from the Federal Economic Development Agency for Southern Ontario. For more information about FedDev, visit: http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/home

For more information about the Community Futures Program, visit: http://www.feddevontario.gc.ca/eic/site/723.nsf/eng/h_00041.html


The Proof Is In The Numbers

Businesses that receive loans from Community Futures grow faster than those that don’t. Loan recipients have an average growth revenue of:

14.9 vs. 6.9%*

Businesses that receive  loans from Community Futures have higher business survival rates:

88% vs. 66%*

*Source: FedDev Ontario Community Futures Program (CFP) Evaluation Report April 28, 2014