Welcome to the City of Cambridge!

If you have decided to relocate to Cambridge, you have made the right choice. The city of Cambridge is all about people, places and prosperity!

Location and history

A mid-size city with a quaint small town feel, Cambridge is located within the Region of Waterloo and has a population of 134,900. Cambridge's founding communities have such a rich history that locals refer to themselves as being from Hespeler, Galt or Preston. Despite the fact that these communities (along with Blair Village) amalgamated in 1973, the locals still refer to themselves by their neighborhood and each community gives its own unique contribution to the city of Cambridge.

Our three city centres have a historic feel, due in part to the Scottish masons who constructed many of the limestone buildings now occupied by shops, restaurants and business services in our core areas. Local heritage structures are important to our community and we take steps to protect, preserve and promote them.

Learn more about the following Business Improvement Areas (BIAs):

Culture
The City of Cambridge offers many cultural opportunities, such as live music and theatre. The Cambridge Centre for the Arts has activities and programs for all ages. You'll never run out of things to do in Cambridge, even during the winter months or on rainy days. The City is alive with culture all-year-round. Visit the Events Calendar or view the latest Activities Guide to see what's happening!
Lifestyle

Cambridge is home to more than 100 parks covering more than 365 hectares of land. With the Grand River offering great opportunities to enjoy life and stay active, such as canoeing, kayaking and fly fishing along with more than 70 km of trails for biking and hiking. Cambridge is a great location for living an active healthy lifestyle. Cambridge has many recreational activities and facilities.

Finding a reasonably priced home in Cambridge is easy! It's not like Toronto, which is only an hour away, where prices are soaring. You can find your dream home here and still afford to support your family or the lifestyle you choose. Visit realtor.ca to search for your next home.

Jobs and education

The City of Cambridge offers a complete educational infrastructure for residents, including:

  • 40 tax-supported elementary schools
  • 7 secondary schools
  • Adult education schools

View a map of our school locations.

Cambridge is part of the Waterloo Region District School Board and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board.

The City of Cambridge is also a short distance from a number of well-known post-secondary schools, including:

The University of Waterloo's School of Architecture is located in the Cambridge community, in an old Silk Mill on the Grand River. There are more than 40,000 students in post-secondary schools within the Waterloo Region, which means that businesses have many skilled and well-educated people to choose from when hiring in the area.

Looking for employment?

Check out Cambridge's Business Directory for a detailed list of current companies with operations within the City of Cambridge. You can also search for jobs through the Government of Canada website.

Looking to start your own business?

City staff and the Waterloo Region Small Business Centre can help you through the process of starting your own business in the area.

Recently moved here?

Have you recently moved to Cambridge? Here are some helpful links to help get you settled:

Learn more about Cambridge, including demographics, economic and labour force profiles, development highlights, business resources and more from our Community Profile.