One City Peterborough program returns to downtown

The One City Peterborough clean team is returning to Downtown Peterborough in June.

The program will feature a team of people from One City Peterborough with various barriers to employment who will be hired to enhance the downtown streetscape through added cleaning efforts.

In 2019, the DBIA issued a new request for proposals for the downtown Streetscape Maintenance Contract with an additional request that proposals include a social enterprise component. The DBIA re-hired Clint’s Property Maintenance in partnership with One City Peterborough in January. The partnership will see One City Team members working with the Clint’s Property Maintenance team in the busy, warmer months.

The One City Peterborough program aims to help people with barriers to employment to get back into the workforce, including connecting team members with local employment agencies and potential employers.

“We’re excited to have One City Peterborough back,” says Terry Guiel, Executive Director of the Peterborough DBIA. “This partnership with Clint’s Property Maintenance shows what organizations can do when they add social procurement into their contracts. Not only are we going to end up with a cleaner downtown, but we’re going to help who really need it. We’re going to make downtown stronger.”

The One City Peterborough team will be downtown during the day with cleaning carts sweeping sidewalks, picking up litter, removing old posters from lampposts, safely disposing of needles, and other micro-cleaning tasks.

The One City Peterborough program initially launched in 2018 with both a cleaning team and a pair of outreach workers to reach out to vulnerable people downtown. It has since changed in its configuration a couple times.