The Ontario Government Building at 300 Water Street in Peterborough is one of more than 5,000 facilities managed by Infrastructure Ontario (IO) on behalf of the government. IO takes a leadership role in the reduction of greenhouse gas emissions in each of its buildings to reduce the government's carbon footprint and create a cleaner, greener future for our province.


  • Due to its original 1990's architecture, the facility offers plenty of natural light to reduce the requirement for electricity.
  • The building is fully metered and connected to a modern Building Automation System. The system was upgraded to meet LEED standards for energy efficiency. This also ensures optimal operating efficiency and tenant comfort. Facility management is immediately notified of any unusual spikes in consumption of gas, water or electricity.
  • Sophisticated and energy efficient chillers were added in the building, which provide enhanced performance during the cooling season
  • The building has a rainwater collection system, allowing natural water to be used in washrooms.
  • According to 2013 figures, 37% less water is consumed than the average public sector building.
  • MNRF is ensuring an environmental approach to procurement by focusing on low VOC (volatile organic compounds) materials
  • Ministry employees manage a rooftop community garden, which has provided organic vegetables to local organizations like the Youth Emergency Shelter and Brock Mission.
  • IO has implemented a building-specific non-smoking policy
  • Policies are in place to ensure a green approach to cleaning, landscaping and pest management


In addition to the LEED Platinum achievement at 300 Water Street, IO was proud to be the lender for the Lily Lakes Solar Farm project, which generates 10 MW of sustainable energy annually. IO partnered with another environmentally-minded organization, Peterborough Utilities Inc., in 2011. The project was powered by a low-interest loan from Infrastructure Ontario. 

Using IO's made-in-Ontario Alternative Financing and Procurement (AFP) model, construction was completed in 2012 on a new OPP Forensic Identification Unit in Peterborough. The 13,500 square foot facility is helping to enhance community safety in the Counties of Peterborough, Northumberland, Haliburton Highlands and Kawartha Lakes. More recently, IO oversaw development of the new Kawartha Lakes OPP detachment in Lindsay.


Jeff Giffen
Infrastructure Ontario
(705) 564-7205

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