The City of Cambridge has many advisory committees and boards to support our Mayor and Council. These groups work with Council to improve services and programs for the community.
Every year, a number of citizen appointments to these committees and boards become vacant. To apply for any vacant positions, fill out an application form. Application forms are also available in person at the Clerk's Office. Applications can be made for multiple committees on separate forms. Please note that some committees and boards require a police check.
View our Council and Committee Calendar to learn about upcoming meetings.
|Accessibility Advisory Committee|
The Cambridge Accessibility Advisory Committee advises Council on matters specific to accessibility, to enhance and improve community services for those residents living with a disability. We manage accessibility planning in accordance with Ontario accessibility laws and standards and the Ontario Human Rights Code.
Staff Liaison: Heather Melo, Supervisor of Accessibility and Diversity
View the Accessibility Advisory Committee's meeting agendas and minutes.
The Archives Board promotes the collection, restoration, preservation and exhibition of items related to the social and economic history of the city of Cambridge, including:
The Board also:
Staff Liaison: Lynn Griggs, Corporate Archives Record Technician
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Archive Board.
|Arthur White Sports Bursary Fund Committee|
The Arthur White Sports Bursary Fund Committee provides financial assistance to:
The basic source of funds is from the interest earned from a capital fund, which held and invested as a Trust Account by the City of Cambridge. The City issues receipts for contributions to the fund, in accordance with Federal Income Tax requirements.
The Trustees have full authority in distributing the income of the fund. They also have the right to encroach on capital, subject to the conditions stated herein.
Learn about the awards and bursaries related to the Arthur White Sports Bursary Fund.
Staff Liaison: Nicole Cichello, Recreation Coordinator
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Arthur White Sports Bursary Fund Committee.
|Arts and Culture Advisory Committee|
The Arts and Culture Advisory Committee makes recommendations and advises Council on matters related to arts and cultural activities in the community. The Committee also prepares an annual report to Council about the past year's arts and culture activity, including changes recommended for the current terms of reference by October 31, of each year.
Encouraging cooperation between groups, institutions and individuals involved with arts and culture in Cambridge, the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee helps make decisions to enhance arts and culture opportunities to improve the quality of life for future generations.
Staff Liaison: Gwen Stott, Manager of Community Recreation Services
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Arts and Culture Advisory Committee.
|Boulevard Appeal Committee|
The Boulevard Appeal Committee hears and considers appeals of decisions made under the Boulevard By-Law. The By-Law regulates the construction, maintenance and protection of boulevards within the city. It deals with such items as planting flowers, cutting grass, and placement of concrete or gravel on the boulevards. The committee hears appeals from homeowners and affirms, rescinds or modifies the original decision.
Staff Liaison: Nicole Papke, Manager of By-Law Enforcement
|Business Improvement Area (BIA) Boards|
The City of Cambridge has a number of BIAs. A BIA is a Council-approved area made up of a community of businesses, as defined by each BIA's bylaw.
Through an elected Board of Managers, BIAs develop and carry out programs to improve, beautify, and market their area. They promote the businesses within the community and bring in customers. BIA programs may include:
BIAs ensure that their area is well known by the public as an attractive, pleasant place to shop, to be entertained, and to work and live.
View our BIA Handbook for more information
Staff Liaison: Trevor McWilliams, Business Liaison Officer
|Cambridge 50+ Recreations Centres Central Advisory Committee|
The Cambridge 50+ Recreation Centres Central Advisory Committee provides an opportunity for the four Cambridge Seniors Centres and tri-centre clubs and committees to communicate on matters related to older adults in the community and seniors services provided by the City. The Committee:
Staff Liaison: Gwen Stott, Manager of Community Recreation Services
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Seniors Central Advisory Committee.
|Cambridge City Green|
Cambridge City Green is a subcommittee of the CEAC. Working with communities, schools and business groups, Cambridge City Green volunteers help support various environmental projects in Cambridge.
This subcommittee also holds its own environmental events, including:
View our Events Calendar to learn more.
Interested in Cambridge City Green events? Join our mailing list to receive online information and updates of City Green activities.
Cambridge City Green and City of Cambridge Staff Liaison: Paul Willms, Sustainability Planner
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Cambridge City Green Committee.
|Cambridge Farmers' Market Committee|
The Cambridge Farmers' Market Committee advises Council on strategies and policies to support the Cambridge Farmers' Market and McIntyre Place. The Committee also oversees the implementation of the Cambridge Farmers' Market Strategic Plan.
Staff Liaison: Alix Aitken, Market Manager
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Cambridge Farmers' Market Committee.
|Committee of Adjustment|
The Committee of Adjustment is a citizens group appointed by Council and governed by the Planning Act . The Committee makes decisions on applications for the following:
To learning more about the Committee of Adjustment, the application process and meeting schedule please view the Committee of Adjustment Information Brochure.
Staff Liaison: Planner/Secretary-Treasurer to the Committee of Adjustment
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Committee of Adjustment.
Core Areas Revitalization Advisory Committee
The Core Areas Revitalization Advisory Committee (CARAC) advises Council on the development and implementation of policies and programs, and any issues affecting the revitalization of the City of Cambridge's three core areas.
The Committee also provides an opportunity for individuals and organizations to discuss and coordinate core area revitalization policies and plans.
Staff Liaison: Valerie Spring, Senior Planner - Reurbanization
View the CARAC's meeting agendas and minutes.
|Cultural Awards Committee|
The Cultural Awards Committee administers the distribution of awards and expenses of the Bernice Adams Memorial Fund which honours former Alderman Bernice Adams. The Fund provides assistance to individuals or groups within the communications, arts and culture fields.
The Committee recognizes special achievements of individuals or groups at the City of Cambridge's annual Bernice Adams Memorial Awards Event. Learn more by viewing our Events Calendar.
Staff Liaison: Nancy Movrin, Recreation Coordinator
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Cultural Awards Committee.
|Dog Muzzling Appeal Committee|
The Dog Muzzling Appeal Committee holds hearings and makes decisions regarding appeals of a muzzling requirement issued under the City of Cambridge Dog By-Law 172-13. The Committee can only confirm, modify or withdraw orders from the By-Law Office related to dog muzzling.
Staff Liaison: Ilidia Sa Melo, Deputy City Clerk and Manager of Information Management and Archives
View the Dog Muzzling Appeal Committee's meeting agendas and minutes.
|Economic Development Advisory Committee|
The Economic Development Advisory Committee advises Council on economic development strategies and policies. The Committee also offers a forum for discussion and coordination of economic development initiatives and programs with other community groups and agencies.
Staff Liaison: James Goodram, Director Economic Development
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Economic Development Advisory Committee.
|Environmental Advisory Committee|
The Cambridge Environmental Advisory Committee (CEAC) advises Council on ways to protect, maintain and enhance the natural environment. The CEAC coordinates community efforts through the City Green Strategy and Cambridge Stewardship.
Staff Liaison: Kathy Padgett, Senior Planner - Environment
View the CEAC's meeting agendas and minutes.
|Fire Hall Museum and Education Centre Board|
The Cambridge Fire Hall Museum and Education Centre performs research and provides programs to the public based on the history, development and present services of the Cambridge Fire department. The Fire Hall Museum and Education Centre Board uses resources (human and financial) to collect, preserve, study and interpret the heritage of fire services in the City of Cambridge, as well as fire and emergency services in general.
The Centre also provides public programs on safety and fire prevention.
Staff Liaison: Dan Schmalz, Corporate Records Analyst
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Fire Hall Museum and Education Centre Board.
|Grants Review Committee|
The Grants Review Committee reviews all applications from community non-profit organizations for municipal financial assistance. The Committee also recommends levels of funding, based on their assessment process, to General Committee of Council.
Staff Liaison: Tricia Lewis, Director of Recreation Services
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Grants Review Committee.
The Library Board manages, regulates and controls the Cambridge Public Libraries carrying on business as Idea Exchange under the terms and conditions of the Public Libraries Act. Members of this Board must be:
Staff Liaison: Helen Kelly, Idea Exchange Chief Executive Officer
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Library Board.
|Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee|
The Municipal Election Compliance Audit Committee (MECAC) reviews all applications filed in accordance with Section 81 of the Municipal Elections Act (MEA). Section 81 allows an elector to apply for a compliance audit of a candidate's election campaign finances, if they believe that the candidate has broken any regulations outlined in the MEA.
City Clerk procedures and MEA regulations must be followed when applying for an audit. Any application which does not meet the legislative deadline for submission will not be presented to the Committee for review.
MECAC is formed following the filing of financial statements after an election. The compliance audit for the current term of council is complete.
Staff Liaison: Michael Di Lullo, City Clerk
|Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee|
The Municipal Heritage Advisory Committee (MHAC) advises and assists Council on matters related to the Ontario Heritage Act (Part 4 and 5). The MHAC also assists Council with the implementation of policies and programs related to the Built Heritage Resources, such as the City of Cambridge's Official Plan.
Staff Liaison: Laura Waldie, Heritage Planner
View the MHAC's meeting agendas and minutes.
|Property Standards Committee|
The Property Standards Committee makes decisions regarding appeals related Minimum Standards By-Law regulations enforced by Property Standard Officers.
Staff Liaison: Nicole Papke, Manager of By-Law Enforcement
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the Property Standards Committee.
|Trails Advisory Committee|
The Cambridge Trails Advisory Committee (CTAC) advises Council on policy, planning, development and implementation of public trails and related off-road and on-road cycling facilities. The Committee's main goal is to implement the recommendations of the following plans:
The CTAC focuses on existing and proposed:
The Cambridge Cycling Focus Group, a sub-committee of the CTAC, represents recreational and touring cyclists in our community.
Staff Liaison: Brian Geerts (temporary liaison)
View the meeting agendas and minutes of the CTAC.
|Youth Advisory Committee of Council|
The Youth Advisory Committee of Council (YACC) works with the City of Cambridge Community Services department to raise awareness and organize positive youth action within our community.
The YACC also gives input about youth programs to help evaluate existing programs and establish new programs. The Committee actively seeks input and involvement from youth in the community.
Staff Liaison: Heather Melo, Recreation Coordinator
View the YACC's meeting agendas and minutes.