The City of Cambridge has a number of incentive programs to help grow the community. These programs help lower the cost of improving and developing aging or polluted areas.

Core area incentives

It is important for the City to help renew and grow Cambridge's downtown core areas. These areas are a part of our history and culture, and show the quality of life in our city. The City of Cambridge has three historic core areas - Galt City Centre, Preston Towne Centre, and Hespeler Village.

Approved in 1997, the Cambridge Core Area Revitalization Program revives the City's core areas while considering the needs and historic features of each area. The Program includes a number of projects and involves many groups in the community.

Fee exemption programs

The following fee exemption programs are part of the Cambridge Core Area Revitalization Program:

  • Sign permit fee exemption
  • Development charges exemption
  • Building permit fee exemption
  • Development application fee exemption

Contact us for details about the sign permit, building permit and development application fee exemption programs. 

Loan and grant programs

The Cambridge Core Area Revitalization Program includes the following loan and grant programs:

City-wide incentives

The City of Cambridge also offers a number of city-wide development incentives.

Heritage properties

For development or renewal of heritage properties, the City offers a development charge allowance as well as our Heritage Grant Program.

Contaminated sites

For development or renewal of contaminated sites, the City offers a development charge allowance and a Tax Increment Grant.

Employment land

For development or renewal of employment land, the City offers a development charge reduction.

For more information on this reduction, contact our Senior Economic Development Officer at (519) 740-4536 ext. 4535.