The Mayor and Council are the source of authority in the City of Cambridge. They make the laws and policies which the administration carries out. The Mayor and Council work together as a governing body and functions best when the Mayor provides leadership to Council and when Council aims to work within the consensual model of government.

View a list of current members of City Council.

City Council

City Council plans and makes decisions concerning the municipality. Our Council includes the Mayor and eight Councillors. All residents of the City of Cambridge vote to elect the Mayor who serves on Cambridge City Council, Waterloo Regional Council and Energy + Inc. Councillors represent each of the eight wards in Cambridge. Voters in each Ward elect the Ward Councillors who serve on City Council.

Learn more about elections.

Council meetings

Cambridge City Council generally meets once a month on Tuesdays at 7 p.m. in the Council Chambers at 46 Dickson Street on the third floor of Historic City Hall. For the most up to date information please view our Council and Committee Calendar. Together, Council members set policies to govern within Cambridge. Areas under their supervision include:

Standing Committees of Council

There are two standing committees that report to Council - the General Committee and the Planning and Development Committee. All planning, development and infrastructure matters flow through the Planning and Development Committee, with final approval at the monthly Council meeting. The General Committee handles all other matters, with final approval of Council.

Our Council and Committee Calendar provides upcoming meeting dates, as well as meeting agendas and minutes.

Learn more about our committees and boards.