Planning Study – Consumption and Treatment Services

On April 10, 2018, Cambridge City Council passed an interim control by-law for one year to allow for a planning study to be undertaken for the three core areas. The by-law was extended to March 26, 2020. The planning study is being presented at the February 11, 2020 Planning and Development Committee Meeting at Historic City Hall starting at 7:00 pm. You can view the report here. UPDATE: At the Council meeting on February 18, 2020, Cambridge Council deferred a decision on the Consumption and Treatment Services Planning Study Options until the next Council meeting after the Ward 7 Councillor takes their oath of office (sometime after April 21, 2020)

What are Consumption and Treatment Services (CTS)?

These are sites that allow people who are struggling with addiction issues to use drugs in a medically supervised health facility that is sterile and safe. It also enables them to access treatment and support services, as well as to receive immediate medical assistance in case of a drug overdose.

Why did the City do this planning study?

The City’s Official Plan and Zoning By-laws do not currently include policies or regulations for consumption and treatment services and/or other similar services. The interim control by-law, under the Planning Act, puts a hold on any sites being established until land-use rules can be developed. The hold applies to the three core areas of Hespeler, Preston and Galt (with buffer areas of 500 metres).

The planning study provides Official Plan policy and zoning recommendations for consumption and treatment services and/or other similar services. The planning study reviews Federal and Provincial criteria for the siting of consumption and treatment services, along with other land use compatibility considerations.

It is important to note that the planning study specifically looks at municipal zoning and does not determine the potential locations for a consumption and treatment services site. The process of evaluating potential locations for a possible consumption and treatment services site is being completed by a separate City-led project team.

Public input

A drop-in session was held December 16, 2019 from 4-8 p.m. at Cambridge City Hall to provide information on the Planning Study. After the drop-in session, the City began to develop land use rule options for consideration. These options will be presented at the Planning and Development Committee Meeting on February 11th at 7:00 p.m. If you wish to address the Planning and Development Committee, and be added to the agenda as a delegation on this item, please contact the City Clerk's Office at (519) 623-1340, Ext. 4742, by 1:00 p.m. on the Monday before the meeting in order to complete a Delegation Request Form. This form can be completed online by following the path:

Drop-in session highlights from December 16, 2019


Download the presentation slides

Display boards

The City’s interim control by-law remains in place until March 26, 2020 which prevents a site being established in any of the three core areas of Hespeler, Preston and Galt (and within a buffer area of 500 metres). 


It is important to note that the planning study is not part of the Feasibility Study that the Region of Waterloo Public Health recently undertook. The City of Cambridge is now seeking potential suitable site(s) for further exploration. For further information on that initiative, contact Sue Weare, Project Manager at: or 519-623-1340 ext. 4767.