The Cambridge Economic Development Division provides services for businesses that are growing, moving to, or just starting out in the city of Cambridge. These services support three major goals:

  1. Encourage new investment in Cambridge.
  2. Support existing businesses with their expansion needs.
  3. Assist small businesses and new entrepreneurs to establish in Cambridge.

Encouraging new investment in Cambridge

To encourage new investment and business growth in Cambridge, the Economic Development Division:

  • Provides industrial land for sale, which is ready for immediate construction
  • Compiles strategic economic data to support business decision making
  • Assists prospective investors with site selection research
  • Publishes an inventory of land and buildings for sale or lease in Cambridge
  • Acts as a community salesperson and goodwill ambassador at tradeshows, events, and seminars
  • Act as a bridge between City Council and the business community, as well as between various City departments
Supporting existing businesses with expansion

To support expanding businesses in Cambridge, the Economic Development Division:

  • Does regular networking with the business community to identify the needs and challenges of improving the business climate
  • Brings companies together to create more opportunities and partnerships
  • Participates in partnerships, networks, and industry development
  • Provides information on programs and incentives available to businesses
  • Supports local business events and community initiatives
Assisting small businesses and new entrepreneurs to establish in Cambridge

To support businesses and entrepreneurs launching in Cambridge, the Economic Development Division:

  • Acts as a counsellor and facilitator to meet the needs of new and emerging businesses
  • Provides information and resources through the Small Business Centre
  • Supports the delivery of small business seminars

What to learn more about economic development in Cambridge? Visit the Cambridge Economic Development website.

Licenses, applications, and permits

For more information on most licenses and permits, you can visit our business licences, applications and permits section.

For more information on Municipal Business Licenses or registering your business name, visit the Small Business page.

You can access and complete all licenses and permits using the free BizPal service.