Proposed Federal Electoral Map Means Significant Changes for Peterborough and Greater Kawarthas Ridings


The existing federal electoral districts in the greater Kawarthas area with boundary changes proposed by the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario. (Graphic: kawarthaNOW of the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario)

On Friday (August 19), the Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario released a proposed electoral map for public comment, which would see significant changes to federal ridings in the greater Kawarthas area to reflect changing demographics in the 2021 census.

Canada’s constitution requires federal electoral districts to be revised after each decennial census to reflect changes and movements in Canada’s population.

“The proposal reflects the increase in Ontario’s population from 12,851,821 in 2011 to 14,223,942, as captured in the 2021 Census, and takes into consideration communities of interest or identity, as well as historical and geographic factors,” read the Federal Redistribution website at redistricting-redistribution-2022.ca, where you can also find maps and detailed descriptions of proposed riding changes across Canada.

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The population of Central East Ontario — which includes the existing ridings of Peterborough-Kawartha, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, Northumberland-Peterborough South and Hastings-Lennox and Addington, as well as the Bay of Quinte — increased by 9%, from 535,322 in 2011 to 583,287 in 2021, with an average population of 116,657 in 2021.

The commission changed the boundaries to balance the population of the electoral districts in Central East Ontario. The change primarily affects the current electoral district of Hastings-Lennox and Addington, but also affects the existing electoral districts of Peterborough-Kawartha, Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock and Northumberland-Peterborough South.

According to the proposed electoral map, Peterborough-Kawartha would be renamed Peterborough, Northumberland-Peterborough South would be renamed Northumberland, and Hastings-Lennox and Addington would be renamed Hastings-Lennox and Addington-Tyendingaga. Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock would retain its current name.

The proposed constituency of Peterborough, comprising a 2021 census population of 121,270, would include the City of Peterborough, that part of the Municipality of Trent Lakes comprising the Curve Lake First Nation Islands, Douro-Dummer Townships , Otonabee-South Monaghan and Selwyn, part of Alnwick/Haldimand and part of Cavan Monaghan Townships, and Alderville First Nation, Curve Lake First Nation and Hiawatha First Nation.

The townships of Havelock-Belmont-Methuen and North Kawartha in Peterborough County would be transferred to Hastings-Lennox and Addington-Tyendingaga, and the Municipality of Trent Lakes in Peterborough County (excluding First Nation islands of Curve Lake) would be transferred to Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock.

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Proposed Federal Electoral Districts in Eastern Ontario.  (Graphic: Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario)
Proposed Federal Electoral Districts in Eastern Ontario. (Graphic: Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission for Ontario)

The proposed constituency of Haliburton-Kawartha Lakes-Brock, comprising a 2021 census population of 120,241, would include the City of Kawartha Lakes, the Municipality of Dysart et al, the western portion of the Municipality of Highlands East, the Municipality of Trent Lakes (excluding Curve Lake First Nation Islands), Algonquin Highlands, Brock and Minden Hills Townships, and part of Cavan Monaghan Township.

The proposed constituency of Northumberland, comprising a population of 114,414 according to the 2021 census, would include the town of Cobourg, the municipalities of Brighton, Port Hope and Trent Hills, part of the municipality of Clarington, the townships of Asphodel- Norwood, Cramahe and Hamilton, as well as part of the townships of Alnwick/Haldimand and Cavan Monaghan. The Township of Otonabee-South Monaghan would move into the proposed electoral district of Peterborough.

The proposed electoral district of Hastings-Lennox and Addington-Tyendinaga, comprising a population of 111,331 according to the 2021 census, would include part of the town of Belleville, the towns of Bancroft, Deseronto and Greater Napanee, the municipalities of Center Hastings, Hastings Highlands, Marmora and Lake and Tweed, part of the Municipality of Highlands East, the townships of Addington Highlands, Carlow/Mayo, Faraday, Havelock-Belmont-Methuen, Limerick, Loyalist, Madoc, North Kawartha, Stirling-Rawdon, Stone Mills, Tudor and Cashel, Tyendinaga and Wollaston, and Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.

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The process of confirming the proposed electoral map is expected to continue until September 2023, when the final electoral districts will be determined.

“The new boundaries can only be put in place at a general election called at least seven months after the new electoral districts are defined,” reads the Federal Redistribution website. “This delay allows Elections Canada, political parties, candidates and sitting Members of Parliament to prepare for the next general election…We expect the new federal electoral boundaries to come into effect in a general election held after April 1, 2024, at the earliest.

The commission is holding in-person and virtual public hearings this fall to gather comments and feedback on the proposed boundaries and electoral district names.

The first virtual hearing will take place on Monday, September 26. If you wish to make a representation at a hearing, you must complete a public hearing participation form before September 26th. A complete list of virtual and in-person public hearings, as well as the public hearing participation form, are available at redecoupage-redistribution-2022.ca, where you can also find instructions on how to submit a submission in writing. instead of attending an in-person or virtual hearing.

PDF: Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission Proposal for the Province of Ontario
Federal Electoral Boundaries Commission Proposal for the Province of Ontario

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