Cambridge residents of all ages and stages -- including those with lower income or disabilities -- can find emergency, social, health, and basic needs services with these resources.
Community Services, Region of Waterloo
Find social services for children, seniors and people who need help finding a job, affordable housing, or income assistance.
isearchmycommunity.ca Information Database
isearchmycommunity.ca offers free, easy-to-search information on community services, including basic needs, crisis, legal, education, health, immigration, recreation, individual/family support, youth, seniors, childcare, and much more. It is maintained by the Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries.
Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)
This program helps low-income families and individuals pay heating and hydro bills.
Public Health, Region of Waterloo
Find a doctor, walk-in clinics, food recalls, local public health advisories, regional health statistics, and more from this informative site.
Social Development Centre Waterloo Region
Prepares and distributes information about issues facing vulnerable groups in Waterloo Region.
Emergency Help in Waterloo Region
Mental Health Emergencies & Referrals (Here 24/7)
3-9 Wellington St.
Cambridge, ON N1R 3Y4
Call 1-844-437-3247 anytime to access addictions, mental health and crisis services in Cambridge and the regions of Wellington, Dufferin, and Waterloo.
Distress Centre - Waterloo-Wellington Canadian Mental Health Association
Call the General Distress Line at 519-745-1166 for supportive listening during an episode of emotional distress.
Food Bank of Waterloo Region
Details programs throughout Waterloo Region that offer food assistance, including hampers and meal programs.
Region of Waterloo Housing Services Pocket Card 2017 [PDF] This helpful pocket card lists all the drop-in meal programs and emergency shelters available in Cambridge, Kitchener and Waterloo.
Emergency Shelter 2018
Emergency Shelter programs are designed for people with no other safe place to stay. They provide a bed, access to three meals a day and support to develop an individualized housing plan.
Street Outreach Programs 2015 [PDF]
Fixed and mobile supports for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness.
Other Local Community Services
Social Planning Council of Cambridge and North Dumfries
Provides free, confidential referral services as well as information about the community groups and agencies serving Cambridge and North Dumfries. Search their Region of Waterloo Community Services Database or take a look at their directories aimed at specific needs, including Cambridge Employment Resources 2016 [PDF].
211 is a three-digit phone number and website that provides access to more than 56,000 community, social, and health services in Ontario, including Cambridge and Waterloo Region. Calls are free, anonymous and confidential. The service is available 24 hours a day, every day of the year, and in more than 150 languages.
Cambridge Rentals and Public Housing
Information on tenant rights as well as apartment safety, security, and rentals in Cambridge.
Service Canada Centre
350 Conestoga Boulevard, Unit C2, Cambridge, ON
519.621.7150 (Employment Insurance: 1.800.206.7218)
Provides information and assistance with federal programs and services, including Employment Insurance, Canadian Pension Plan, and job search resources. Public phone; free parking.
Find the ServiceOntario office closest to you to renew your health card or driver's licence, change an address on your ID and more.