Centrally located in Southwestern Ontario, Cambridge straddles Highway 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.
Cambridge is one of Canada’s fastest-growing communities with one of the most dynamic and diversified economies in the country. Cambridge is a progressive community that offers the lifestyle, location and labour force to grow your business. It is strategically located along Highway 401 in southwestern Ontario, and is within a two-hour drive of seven million people. As one of the communities in Canada’s Technology Triangle, Cambridge is home to leading industries in manufacturing, automotive, high technology, environmental, pharmaceutical, professional services, financial services and hospitality/retail. It’s a place with vitality, innovation and quality of life. It’s all right here.
Greg Durocher, President of the Cambridge Chamber of Commerce, talks about the Cambridge economy.
Diverse Industrial Base
Strong Economic Growth
The Cambridge business community consists of 10,853 businesses in the manufacturing, service, warehouse, retail, professional services and other sectors. Small business continues to dominate the Cambridge landscape with 69% of firms having 1 to 9 employees and 24% having 10 to 49 employees. The manufacturing labour force is 22% of the total workforce reflecting the strength in manufacturing in Cambridge.
The City of Cambridge is rapidly becoming a hot spot for location filming in Ontario and has been recognized by the Location Manager’s Guild International with a global nomination for “Outstanding Film Office” – a first ever nomination for a Canadian office. There are many reasons Cambridge is becoming a “Hollywood” favourite, from the beautiful natural and built architectural assets, the heritage designated Grand River and the supportive community atmosphere.
2018 saw film inquiries increase by 49% over 2017, with project seeing an increase of 113%. In 2018 alone, Cambridge saw a local estimated economic impact of almost $2.3 million. Some of the projects