The Community Development Council of Quinte (CDCQuinte) is a non-profit, charitable organization. Since 1989, we have been promoting the planning and provision of health and social services to ensure residents of the Quinte community are provided with the necessities of life and an opportunity to improve one’s quality of life.

We promote and participate in the development of a grass-roots community development and social planning process that involves all sectors using a self-help, consensus building approach to identifying and resolving important community issues.

The current CDC Brochure is available for download as a PDF. 

The 16th Annual Dragon Boat Festival

CDC Dragon Boat 2018

Looking to be part of the Waterfront Festival this July and have some fun? Time to try something new?

The 16th Annual Dragon Boat Festival is being held on July 14th, 2018 at Victoria Park in Belleville.

A fun day and great team building for a great cause. Proceeds from this event support the Community Development Council’s programs that increase access to fresh, healthy food in Hastings and Prince Edward County. 

Bring together a group of friends, co-workers and family to form a team and enter the Belleville Dragon Boat Festival held July 14, 2018. Registration fee is $500 per team.

The Belleville Dragon Boat provides each team with equipment – boat, paddles and lifejackets. Practice sessions will be offered to community teams by the Belleville Dragon Boat Club before the Festival on July 14 2018. If you are unable to recruit twenty paddlers members of the Belleville Dragon Boat Club will be available to fill in the vacant spots.

Festival Info and Registration Download here.

Homelessness Enumeration

In April 2018, CDC Quinte partnered with Bridge St. United Church in the Homelessness Enumeration, which was funded, in part, by the Government of Canada’s Homelessness Partnering Strategy.

The homelessness count was designed to determine the minimum number of people who are experiencing homelessness during enumeration week, and to gather information about the demographic characteristics, circumstances and needs of those in our communities who are experiencing homelessness.

Enumeration staff and trained volunteers conducted surveys with individuals experiencing homelessness at drop-in survey locations in each community, and other organizations serving individuals experiencing homelessness. In Belleville, community researchers walked specified routes, approaching everyone they encountered to ask the screening questions which helped to determine whether someone is experiencing homelessness. 

We presented these results at the Poverty Roundtable meeting on June 12th. Below you will see links to the PowerPoint presentation as well as a one-pager, which was distributed on that day.

Please note: These are preliminary results only.

PowerPoint presentation


Since our work encompasses all of Hastings & Prince Edward Counties, we have firsthand knowledge of the struggles residents in our rural communities face. We have heard that housing costs are high, living conditions unacceptable, utility rates unaffordable, and transportation often non-existent. All of these issues push the food insecurity rates up, as there is no money left for food.

Read the report here

“Great food–great variety–great price”

is a review of CDC Quinte’s Good Food Box Program. This research was conducted in 2016 and the report released in June 2017. This data offers an in-depth review of how the participants view and use the program as well as suggestions for improving the program. If there are any questions about this report, please contact the CDC Quinte office and ask for Ruth Ingersoll or Jim Mallabar.

Click here to read the report.


Want to participate in a kitchen? Send us an e-mail with your name, phone number and location; click here.