Emergency Community Forum

On Thursday, April 25 OPIRG Peterborough is hosting an Emergency Community Forum at Emmanuel United Church at 3 pm to inform our community about the current risk to our programming. 

What is Happening

After 20 years of operating in Sadleir House, OPIRG Peterborough has been told by Sadleir House staff and board that we have to leave our current office space as of August 31, 2024 and move to a different location in the house that reduces our programming capacity by 80% in addition to reducing our office space by 50%.

This move will significantly impact OPIRGs Free Market and Green Dishes programming – potentially leading to forced closures of the programs. 

OPIRG Peterborough’s office space has enabled us to operate the Free Market because of the 230-square-foot storage space attached to it. This space allows us to collect and sort donations, as well as house our Green Dishes waste reduction dish-lending program, and storage for our working groups who don’t have office space.

Since receiving notice by the Sadleir House Board and staff, OPIRG Peterborough has appealed to Sadleir House, asking them to allow us to stay in our current office space, or to find a mutually agreeable solution. Unfortunately, we haven’t heard back and we are running out of time.

We need your help
With a looming deadline approaching, we urgently call on the community to help us find creative solutions to keep our programming alive and encourage Sadleir House to let OPIRG continue operating in our current office space. 

  • Attend our Emergency Community Forum on Thursday, April 25th at 3pm at Emmanuel United Church (534 George St. N.)
  • Leave a comment or testimony supporting OPIRG Peterborough through this form: https://forms.gle/vegvSPQ1vMWk9aNy6
  • Keep up to date with Sadleir House and attend the Sadleir House Annual General Meeting – Monday, April 29 at 7 pm

History of the Free Market

The Free Market is a mutual aid program started by Trent students in 2005 and hosted by OPIRG Peterborough. Its name plays off the neo-liberal concept of the “free market”. However, this Free Market is anti-capitalist and anti-consumerism and is not based on a system of exchange. People are welcome to take as much as they want for free, without donating anything.

The Free Market has always been a reliable place for students and community members to access clothing, household items, books, and more, for FREE! It’s also always served as a beacon of community building and sustainability.

The Free Market Today

Up until 2020, we were grateful to have space at Sadleir House to permanently house the Free Market where people could come browse. During the pandemic, the board was forced to close the Free Market. With community members no longer allowed to access Sadleir House, we began to look for a new direction.

For the past few years, OPIRG Peterborough has been hosting Free Market Pop-Ups in place of regular hours in our Sadleir House office space. It has been incredible to see the support of the community throughout this transition. We’ve steadily received donations and our pop-ups have seen hundreds of attendees facilitated by numerous generous volunteers.

We’d love to continue offering these pop-ups at least 4 times a year in different accessible locations around Nogojiwanong alongside all our other programs and initiatives.

Free Market Logo. "Free Market. Where everything is always free."


OPIRG Peterborough