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Cambridge Ontario

Cambridge belongs to the Regional Municipality of Waterloo in Southern Ontario. As per the 2011 census, the population estimate was 126,748. The famous Black Bridge Road is in this region. The 2 main arterial roads that run across the city are Highway 8 and 24. Highway 8 connects Shantz Hill Road, Coronation Boulevard, King Street, and Dundas Street to Waterloo and Kitchener on the west side. It connects on the east side to Hamilton. Highway 24 connects Water Street, Ainslie Street, and Hespeler Road on the northeast with Guelph and on the south side with Brantford. Grand River Transit is the major provider of public transportation and was formed by merging Kitchener Transit with Cambridge Transit.

We performed a survey to calculate car insurance rates for major insurance companies in Cambridge using a sample driver and vehicle profile. We also compared the prices for car insurance in some neighborhoods in Cambridge.

Who Has the Cheapest Car Insurance Quotes in Cambridge

RankAuto Insurance CompanyAnnual Rate
1The Cooperators$1,571
2Travelers (Chieftain Product)$1,596
4Desjardins Insurance$1,638
5Gore Mutual$1,717
10Wawanesa Insurance$2,214

Most Expensive Auto Insurer in Cambridge


We conducted a survey with sample profiles to compare car insurance prices from major insurance companies in Cambridge as per the above table. Echelon Insurance had the highest quote for car insurance with an annual cost of $3155. The difference in premiums between their quote and the lowest quote was by $1584 and that was a variation in the price of $50%. The RSA Insurance quoted the next highest rate with an annual cost of $2749. The difference between their quote and the rate by Echelon was $406.

Cheapest Auto Insurer in Cambridge

As per the above table, The Co-operators had the lowest quote for car insurance at an annual cost of $1571. Closely, the next lowest quote was for Travelers (Chieftain Product) at an annual cost of $1596. The variation in price was just $25.

Car Insurance in Cambridge Neighborhoods

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Car Insurance Rates for Neighborhoods in Cambridge

The table above shows that there are 2 price ranges for the major neighborhoods in Cambridge. The Blair and Hespeler areas had the lowest rate for car insurance at an annual cost of $1035. The Galt and Preston areas had a higher quote of annual cost at $1213. The variation in prices was $178 which was substantial to choose one area over the other if someone was to newly move into Cambridge.

Road Safety Plans For Cambridge

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The city of Cambridge has a master plan underway to manage the transportation network in an improved manner over the next 25 years. This transportation plan will focus on public transit, vehicles, cyclists, pedestrians, trucking, traffic control, commuting, and system support. The aim is to improve and maintain the Cambridge transportation network for the growing population and traffic. The city plan will be coordinated with the updated Waterloo Region master plan for long-range benefits as follows:

  • Encourage use of alternatives fuels
  • Enhance and develop techniques for traffic control
  • Travel options for GO commuter service and ION Rapid Transit service.

Driving Tips To Get To Cambridge

Cambridge city is conveniently located on the major Highway 401 and connects to the Greater Toronto Area and many international borders with the U.S. The following driving tips will help you get to Cambridge with easy access from 3 major routes.

Highway 401: Drive about 10km on Hespeler Road along highway 24 to the downtown side of Galt and then turn in the right direction to continue on Dickson Street.

Brantford: Take the route on highway 24 on the north and continue to downtown Galt by following Water Street on the north and then turning into the right direction to Dickson Street.

Hamilton: Start from highway 8 on the north side to Beverly Street and then turn into left and then into Dickson Street on right.

Cycling Initiatives for Road Safety

The Region of Waterloo is responsible for the maintenance and repairs of traffic lights and traffic signs in the city and the regional roads of Cambridge.  The city promotes active transportation and encourages campaigns for a bicycle-friendly community. There are many projects that are aimed at creating awareness for on-road cycling in having healthy, economic, and environmental benefits. In order to do this, the engineering department for transportation maintains and implements all facilities on streets with signs and markings for safe on-road cycling. This campaign takes care of about 230 km of paved shoulders, bike lanes, signed routes, and wide shared use lands for on-road cycling. There are projects aimed at 50km along with the Speed and Grand rivers and natural off-road cycling trails.

Busiest Intersections in Cambridge


  • Hespeler Road between Munch Avenue and Pinebush Road
  • Hespeler Road on King Street in central Waterloo and University Avenue in Waterloo
  • Fountain Street and King Street
  • Eagle Street and King Street
  • Can-Amera Parkway and Franklin Boulevard
  • Elgin Street, Saginaw Parkway, and Franklin Boulevard
  • Pinebush Road and Franklin Boulevard
  • Bishop Street and Hespeler Road
  • Franklin Boulevard in Savage Drive and Clyde Road

Waterloo Regional Police

The Regional Police of Waterloo actively surveys traffic issues that are a common concern for Cambridge. They have initiated programs to improve road safety by educating and enforcement of road users. The traffic branch was launched in 2002 as a traffic enforcement team of 5 officers. They work full time to monitor traffic issues related to violations of speeding, aggressive driving, and seat belt usage. They have ongoing projects for increasing awareness and enforcement of road safety. Waterloo Regional Police also investigates all traffic collisions leading to serious injuries and fatalities. They also follow up with collisions where offenders fail to remain at collision spots.

Summary of Motor vehicle Collisions in Waterloo Region (2014 – 2015)

Category20142015% Change
Fatal Collisions14140%
Personal Injury Collisions18361880-2%
Property Damage Collisions79378534-7%
Hit & Run Collisions18121917-6%

The above table had data gathered by the Regional Police of Waterloo for 2014 to 2015 as part of the Annual Report prepared for 2015. It is evident from the data that there is an increase in the total number of collisions from 2014 to 2015 by 10533 incidents. There has been no change to statistics for fatal collisions. There was a decrease in personal injury and property damage collisions by 2% and 7% respectively. The numbers for hit and run collisions also showed reduced numbers by 6%.

 * Methodology

For the survey, we assumed that the auto insurance premiums are for a 35-year-old man as a sample driver. He owns his car Honda Civic model 2012. The credit rating is good and he has basic liability coverage. The annual mileage ranges from 5,000 to 8,000 with no traffic tickets in the last 5 years.

Insurance quotes shown here are examples only. The lowest cost insurance provider depends on numerous factors related to the car, driver, location, and driving conditions. There’s no guarantee that the lowest rate provider in these examples produces the lowest rate for every driver.


About the Author: Ashley Miller

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