The Dave Smith United Way Sledge Hockey Challenge


Dave Smith, Member of Parliament for Peterborough-Kawartha, and United Way Peterborough and District are pleased to announce a joint event, the Dave Smith United Way Sledge Hockey Challenge.

Sledge hockey is designed for players who have a physical disability. Players are seated on sleds and use customized hockey sticks with metal teeth on the tips to navigate the ice. Otherwise the game remains the same with respect to rules and much of the same equipment.

The Dave Smith United Way Sledge Hockey Challenge will have two blended teams with MPP Smith’s fellow Members of Provincial Parliament, players from the Blazers, and donors to this event. The game will consist of two twenty minute periods with a skills competition in between. All proceeds will go to the United Way of Peterborough and District.

“I am grateful to MPP Smith and his staff for helping the United Way to realize a truly innovative undertaking that combines sports, support for persons with disabilities, and the best of local and provincial partnerships.” – David Goyette is the 2019 Chair for United Way of Peterborough and District.

“I’ve been involved with sports related activities and events for years. I haven’t had a lot of time for this since being elected but this provides us with a great opportunity.” MPP Smith said. “My past efforts weren’t done simply because I love hockey. I did it because hockey provides us, especially the differently-abled, with so much. It teaches us commitment, determination and team work. It brings us together and strengthens the fabric of our community. I am so proud to play this small part – and prouder still of the benefit it will have in Peterborough-Kawartha through the amazing work of the United Way.”

The Dave Smith United Way Sledge Hockey Challenge will be held on Sunday November 17th at the Douro Arena. The game will be from 2:30pm to 4:30pm. This is a free event and all are welcome to come to what will prove to be a fun afternoon for the family.




For information, contact:

Constituency Office

Phone: 705-742-3777


2019 Living Wage Report

The living wage for Peterborough in 2019 is $17.63 per hour for a family of two parents and two children with both parents working.

“A living wage is the hourly wage required of two parents working fulltime and supporting two children and is different from the provincially mandated minimum wage,” said United Way of Peterborough & District CEO Jim Russell.

Joining Russell at today’s announcement were members of the living wage committee representing Peterborough Public Health, Literacy Ontario Central South, social policy advocates and community planners.

The Living Wage project, sponsored and facilitated by the United Way of Peterborough & District, released a handy four-page brochure highlighting the  report and a companion piece that details the costs and provides the living wage calculation methodology. Both documents are available, below.

The release of the report in Peterborough today, coincides with the release of similar living wage reports in other communities across Ontario, all part of the Ontario Living Wage Network. For further details check out their website here

Click here to read the full Living Wage Report

Click here to read the calculation report.