Budget 2019

Consultation has concluded


The budget is the City's plan for the coming period, expressed in dollars. The draft budget prepared by staff is the culmination of ongoing engagement on public priorities throughout the year starting with the strategic plan followed by master plans, public meetings, online engagement, and informal feedback. The budget is prepared taking into consideration both this community input and direction from City Council. The staff proposed budget is then taken to the City’s Budget and Audit Committee for review and comment, and then brought to Cambridge City Council.

On March 4, 2019, Cambridge City Council approved the 2019 operating budget with a 2.38 per cent tax rate increase representing an impact of $32 per average household with an assessment value of $310,000.

The City’s water utility budget was approved representing a combined increase for water and wastewater of 4.31 per cent or $48 for the year for the average household consuming 204 cubic meters of water annually. This increase is less than the projected increase due to a significant reduction in water loss through investment in the city’s water and sewer infrastructure.

Further, the City’s capital investment budget including $61.8 million in capital investment was also approved, aligned with the city’s strategic plan with a focus on the areas of Community Wellbeing, Arts, Culture, Heritage and Architecture, and Transportation and Infrastructure.

Special thank you those who participated in the 2019 budget process. For more information, visit www.cambridge.ca/budget.


The budget is the City's plan for the coming period, expressed in dollars. The draft budget prepared by staff is the culmination of ongoing engagement on public priorities throughout the year starting with the strategic plan followed by master plans, public meetings, online engagement, and informal feedback. The budget is prepared taking into consideration both this community input and direction from City Council. The staff proposed budget is then taken to the City’s Budget and Audit Committee for review and comment, and then brought to Cambridge City Council.

On March 4, 2019, Cambridge City Council approved the 2019 operating budget with a 2.38 per cent tax rate increase representing an impact of $32 per average household with an assessment value of $310,000.

The City’s water utility budget was approved representing a combined increase for water and wastewater of 4.31 per cent or $48 for the year for the average household consuming 204 cubic meters of water annually. This increase is less than the projected increase due to a significant reduction in water loss through investment in the city’s water and sewer infrastructure.

Further, the City’s capital investment budget including $61.8 million in capital investment was also approved, aligned with the city’s strategic plan with a focus on the areas of Community Wellbeing, Arts, Culture, Heritage and Architecture, and Transportation and Infrastructure.

Special thank you those who participated in the 2019 budget process. For more information, visit www.cambridge.ca/budget.

  • CLOSED: This survey has concluded.

    The City of Cambridge is committed to making a better place for you to live, work and play. Striking the right balance between delivering day-to-day services and expanding upon new initiatives can be a challenge. Help us by letting us know what your priorities are for 2019. 

    The City of Cambridge is committed to making a better place for you to live, work and play. Striking the right balance between delivering day-to-day services and expanding upon new initiatives can be a challenge. Help us by letting us know what your priorities are for 2019. 

    Consultation has concluded