Welcome to the Planning Department
We are responsible for student accommodation and property.
We are also responsible for direction of school support – Make sure to direct your property taxes to WCDSB when you register for school or move. Please click here to complete your Direction of School Support form. If your spouse/co-owner is not Catholic, you may have to complete a Catholic School Support Lease as well.
Student accommodation includes boundaries, enrollment projections, identifying sites for new schools, obtaining funding for capital projects (such as new schools and additions), portable allocation, and public processes related to school closures and boundary changes. Visit our Accommodations page to learn more about on-going reviews, maps, and our Long Term Accommodation Plan (LTAP).
Property includes buying and selling land, agreements with third party operators (e.g. child care centres), partnerships (e.g. community centres, libraries), and obtaining funding for land purchases including Education Development Charges.
Education Development Charges By-Law 2016
Effective June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2021.
Please note that the by-law may be amended on an annual basis.
- New Residential Rate: $653 per unit
- New Non-Residential Rate: $0.32 per square foot
All permits issued on or after June 1, 2016 will be subject to these rates – this includes all permits certified by the WCDSB that are not paid prior to May 31, 2016.
Contact for EDC’s: email@example.com or call Manpreet Sian at 519-578-3660 ext. 2355.
Facility Partnerships refers to arrangements for regular and consistent use of a WCDSB facility where such uses are operating during the normal school day (i.e. Monday to Friday; 6 am to 6 pm). For more information about using space after 6 p.m., please click here.
A partner may rent space within an identified existing school (or other board facility) or partner with WCDSB to co-build a new facility.
For more information about the process, please read the following policy documents.
When space is available in existing schools or there are co-building opportunities, WCDSB will notify all approved partners. Approved partners will then be invited to submit an expression of interest.
Future Co-building opportunities
Below are the WCDSB’s Capital Project summaries for new proposed schools.
|Site Name||Location||Approx. Size||Target Opening Date|
|Doon South Elementary School||Doon South, Kitchener||350||TBD|
|East Kitchener Secondary School||Fairway Road North and Old Zeller Drive||1200||2022|
|Rosenberg Elementary School||Bleams Road and Gehl Place||400||TBD|
|Wilmot Township Elementary School||TBD, Wilmot||TBD||TBD|
For any information about the opportunities listed above please contact Manpreet Sian, Capacity Planning Analyst, at 519-578-3660 ext. 2355 or Manpreet.Sian@wcdsb.ca.
Walk to School & Reduce Traffic Around Schools
We are committed to making the trip to school safer and more enjoyable for everyone. We actively work with Student Transportation Services of Waterloo Region (STSWR) to promote walking and reduce traffic congestion (and hazards) around our schools.