Living in Cambridge


Total population of Cambridge is 133,000
Catchment area is 145,000


Very centrally located in Southwestern Ontario, Cambridge straddles the 401 and is only one hour west of Toronto (40 minutes to the Pearson Airport). We’re an easy 40-minute drive to Hamilton and are “next door” to Kitchener and Waterloo (20 km). Cambridge is just minutes away from several world-class colleges and universities. Ideally situated in the heart of Grand River Country, it offers small town charm with all the big city amenities.

Business (click to see more)

Strategically located in Canada’s Technology Triangle, Cambridge is recognized for having a significant critical mass of science/technology-based companies. There are 5,500 businesses in Cambridge and over 500 of these are in the manufacturing sector. These range in diversity from traditional textile manufacturing to leading-edge science and technology firms. There are strong manufacturing support systems through various specialized machine shops, technology-based services and links to Conestoga College and surrounding universities. The City is proactively involved in industrial land development and community marketing.

Education (click to see more)

A full range of quality educational options are available in Cambridge:

  • Public Schools: 28 Elementary, 5 Secondary
  • French Immersion: 3 Elementary, 1 Secondary
  • Catholic Schools: 16 Elementary, 2 Secondary
  • Private Schools:

Adult Learning

  • Open Door Secondary School for Adults
  • Continuing Education Adult Learning Centre

Area Universities & Colleges

  • University of Waterloo, School of Architecture (Cambridge Campus)
  • Heritage Bible College, Cambridge
  • Conestoga College, Doon Campus

20 minute drive away

  • KW McMaster Satellite Medical School
  • University of Waterloo
  • Wilfrid Laurier University
  • University of Guelph

40 minute drive away

  • McMaster University, Hamilton

One hour commute from

  • University of Toronto
  • York University
  • University of Western Ontario

Employment (click to see more)

Cambridge has a labour force of 67,225 and the surrounding region has a labour force of 269,265. Over 1/3 of these workers are employed in manufacturing. Cambridge companies employing 700 or more workers are:

  • Toyota Motor Manufacturing Canada (4,000 employees)
  • ATS Automation Tooling Systems Inc. (1,800 employees)
  • Cambridge Memorial Hospital (1,203 employees)
  • Rockwell Automation Canada Control Systems (1,000 employees)
  • Babcock & Wilcox (1,000 employees)
  • Challenger Motor Freight (1,000 employees)
  • COM DEV International Ltd. (670 employees)
  • Canadian General-Tower Ltd. (730 employees)

There are many employment opportunities in this thriving city.

Transportation (click to see more)


  • Lester B. Pearson International Airport (Toronto – 40 minute drive)
  • Region of Waterloo International Airport (10 minutes)
  • John C. Munro International Airport (Hamilton – 40 minutes)


  • Via Rail Station Kitchener
  • Via Rail Station Guelph


  • Grand River Transit
  • Greyhound Bus

Major Highways Intersecting Cambridge

  • 401/Macdonald Cartier Freeway (East to Toronto, West to London)
  • Hwy 24 (North to Guelph, South to Brantford)
  • Hwy 8 (East to Hamilton, West to Kitchener-Waterloo/ Stratford)

Arts & Culture (click to see more)

Cambridge Tourism/Chamber of Commerce operates a Visitor Centre, “The Gateway”, at highways 401/24 that sees 65,000 visitors per year. Cambridge Tourism is actively involved in promoting the city as a tourist attraction on the strength of the city’s architectural appeal, riverside setting and famous nature attractions (African Lion Safari & Wings of Paradise Butterfly Conservatory). Tourists and locals also enjoy name brand outlet shopping, numerous antique shops, excellent restaurants, scenic trail systems, outdoor adventure and so much more. Cambridge was officially formed in 1973 with the amalgamation of historic Galt, Preston, Hespeler & Blair. The legacy of this union is four charming downtown districts and an abundance of services and amenities.


Major Festivals

  • Cambridge Mayor's Celebration of the Arts
  • Cambridge Arts Festival
  • Cambridge Highland Games
  • Mill Race Festival of Traditional Folk Music
  • Rock the Mill – youth music and arts fest
  • Cambridge Fall Fair
  • Waterloo County & Area Quilt Festival


  • African Lion Safari            
  • Cambridge Butterfly Conservatory
  • Hamilton Family Theatre Cambridge

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  • Hespeler Library
  • Clemens Mills Library
  • Preston Library
  • Queens Square Library

Other Arts and Culture Resources in Cambridge

  • Cambridge Galleries
  • The Cambridge Centre for the Arts
  • Cambridge Arts Guild
  • Cambridge Writers’ Collective
  • Galt Camera Club
  • Mill Race Folk Society
  • Addison Consort Singers

Recreation (click to see more)

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Cambridge offers an array of recreational facilities, dozens of organized sports clubs (for both adults and children) in addition to a well-developed trails system. The Grand and Speed Rivers flow through the city and provide a recreational focal point.

  • 50 Parks covering more than 1000 acres
  • 7 Municipal and 3 Private Arenas
  • 12 Community Recreational Centres
  • 5 Older adult centres
  • 7 Staffed neighbourhood associations
  • 5 Indoor and 4 Outdoor community Swimming Pools
  • 49 sports organizations, from archery to water-skiing
  • over 20 golf courses in area

Spiritual Care (click to see more)

Cambridge is a diverse community. People with origins from around the world enjoy the freedom and opportunity to maintain their culture and nourish their spirituality. Worship represented includes various Christian Denominations, Sikh, Muslim and Hindu.

Cultural Clubs (click to see more)

  • Armenian Community Centre
  • Aurora Lodge, Sons of Italy
  • Barbados Social and Cultural Club of Cambridge
  • Cambridge Chinese Association
  • Cambridge Muslim Association
  • Cambridge Newfoundland Club
  • Canadian Hindu Cultural Society
  • Canadian Macedonian Service Society
  • Centre Communautaire Francophone de Cambridge
  • Continental German-Canadian Club
  • Filipino Canadian Association of Cambridge
  • Greek Canadian Association of Cambridge
  • Hungarian Canadian Club
  • Iere Trinidad Social Organization
  • K-W Taiwanese-Canadian Association
  • Out-Umunna Cultural Association
  • Pakistan-Canada Association
  • Portuguese Club
  • Trinidad and Tobago Sports and Cultural Club
  • The United Kingdom Club
  • West African Canadian Cultural Organization

Worship Centres (click to see more)

  • Adventist: 1
  • Anglican: 6
  • Baptist: 8, including one Spanish
  • Brethren in Christ: 1
  • Christian & Missionary Alliance:
  • Cambridge Alliance Church
  • Guelph Cambridge Canadian Chinese Alliance Church
  • Christian Reformed: 2
  • Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints: 1
  • Church of the Nazarene: 2
  • Coptic Orthodox: 1
  • Evangelist: 1
  • Free Methodist: 1
  • Hindu: 1
  • Jehovah’s Witnesses: 2
  • Lutheran: 3
  • Mennonite: 3
  • Missionary: 1
  • Muslim: 1
  • Pentecostal: 3
  • Calvary Pentecostal Assembly
  • Casa De Oracao Odeus Vivo Do Ceu
  • Cornerstone Pentecostal Church
  • Presbyterian: 8
  • Roman Catholic: 9, including 1 French and 1 Portuguese
  • Salvation Army: 2
  • Reformed Presbyterian: 1, Reformed: 1
  • Seventh Day: 1
  • Spiritualists: 1
  • United: 9


  • Bethel Tabernacle of Preston
  • Cambridge Christian Centre
  • Cambridge Community Church
  • River City Church
  • Vineyard Christian Fellowship
  • Westside Bible Chapel

Core Areas

The City of Cambridge has many unique neighbourhoods and communites, and three of the unique places within the city are the historic core areas - Galt City Centre, Preston Towne Centre and Hespeler Village.

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Our Values

"A whole community approach to developing excellent relationships with new, existing and retired physicians; medical schools; our community partners; and Cambridge Memorial Hospital"

Our Mission

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The Doctor Recruitment Committee is a group of concerned citizens committed to the recruitment of family physicians and other primary health care professionals so that every resident of Cambridge and North Dumfries has access to primary health care.

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Contact Us

Donna Gravelle, Physician Recruitment Coordinator

c/o Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
750 Hespeler Road
Cambridge, Ontario N3H 5L8

(519) 240-8930
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