Welcome to the Planning Department

We are responsible for student accommodation and property.

Accommodation

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

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.

Direction of School Support

To direct your school support to WCDSB, please check the Support Catholic Education webpage.

Education Development Charges (EDCs)

The Education Act and Ontario Regulation 20/98 provides school boards, across the province of Ontario, with the authority to imposed Education Development Charges (EDCs).  EDCs provide a source of funding for growth-related education land costs which are not funded by capital grant allocations under the Province’s capital funding model.  The Waterloo Catholic District School Board has had an EDC By-law in place since 2001. In order to renew their by-laws each board must follow certain processes and guidelines as required by provincial legislation. Generally by-law are reviewed every 5 years, however, boards may review certain inputs, such as land value, and update their eligible charges annually.

The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) and the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) have education development charge (EDC) by-laws in place across the Regional Municipality of Waterloo. Lower tier municipalities collect EDCs on behalf of both school boards at the time of building permit issuance.

Current rates are as described in the 2022 amendment.

Frequently Asked Questions

Do I Have to Pay a Fee?

Some types of land uses, like hospitals, government buildings or farms do not have to pay EDCs. For a complete list of land uses that do not have to pay, please refer to the 2021 WCDSB EDC By-law however, please refer to the 2022 amendment for current rates.

Unlike some municipalities, the board does not have area-specific exemptions (e.g., core area redevelopment).

Demolition or Redevelopment Credits

Demolition or destruction of a building provides credits for redevelopment. Redevelopment must be on the same site. Credits expire after two years on residential units and five years on non-residential floor area.

Residential Additions and Conversions

The board does not charge EDCs on basic additions to homes which do not add additional dwelling units to a building, such as adding a sun room. However, under certain circumstances EDCs may apply if adding additional dwelling units. If convert a home within 12 months of moving in (i.e., single detached to duplex), EDCs apply. For more information, refer to the 2021 WCDSB EDC By-law however, please refer to the 2022 amendment for current rates.

Non-Residential (Industrial) Additions

The board may not charge EDCs on additions to existing industrial buildings if the gross floor area increases by less than 50 per cent. If increasing by more than 50 per cent, a charge applies only to the amount over 50 per cent.

Expansion exemptions do not apply to detached non-residential buildings on the same site. For more information, refer to the 2021 WCDSB EDC By-law however, please refer to the 2022 amendment for current rates.

For assistance email: edc@wcdsb.ca

2023 Annual Review

School boards may review the prescribed maximum EDC rate to ensure that inputs such as the price of land are consistent with the assumptions made in the original EDC Background Study. The EDC legislation permits school boards to increase the quantum of the EDC rate once in a one-year period via an amendment.

A stakeholder meeting attended by municipal and land development representatives was hosted by Watson on March 28, 2023. At this meeting, stakeholders were provided background information on Education Development Charges, limitations on the board’s ability to increase its rate and factors contributing to the review of land values and maximum eligible rates in 2023.

Further information will be presented to the WCDSB Board of Trustees on Monday, April 24, 2023.

April 24, 2023 Board of Trustee Agenda

WCDSB EDC Rates in Effect as of June 1, 2022

On Monday, May 9, 2022 the Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board approved an amendment to the board’s Education Development Charge By-law (2021).  WCDSB residential and non-residential rates were established as of June 1, 2022.

WCDSB 2022 EDC Amending By-law OCR Signed 2022.05.09

WCDSB Notice of Passing of EDC By-law Amendment 2022.05.11

The schedule of Education Development Charges imposed by the By-law with respect to designated categories of residential development and designated residential uses of land, buildings and structures and non-residential development and the designated non-residential uses of land, buildings and structures have been calculated in accordance with the Regulations, as follows:

Residential Charge Per Dwelling Unit

June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023 – $1,253 per unit;
June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024 – $1,553 per unit;
June 1, 2024 to May 31, 2025 – $1,739 per unit; and
June 1, 2025 to May 31, 2026 – $1,739 per unit.

Non-Residential Charge Per Square Foot

June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2023 – $0.52 per square foot ($5.60 per square metre);
June 1, 2023 to May 31, 2024 – $0.62 per square foot ($6.67 per square metre);
June 1, 2024 to May 31, 2025 – $0.72 per square foot ($7.75 per square metre); and
June 1, 2025 to May 31, 2026 – $0.72 per square foot ($7.75 per square metre).

2021 Education Development Charges Background Study and By-law

NOTICE OF PROPOSED AMENDMENT TO EDUCATION DEVELOPMENT CHARGES BY-LAW BOARD MEETING TO BE HELD IN PERSON ON MAY 9, 2022 AT 6:00 P.M.

On May 10, 2021, the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) and Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) passed Education Development Charge (EDC) by-laws which came into force on June 1, 2021. At that time the boards committed to reviewing EDC inputs such as land value assumptions annually. The regulation permits school boards to increase the quantum of the EDC rate once in a one-year period via an amendment.

On May 9, 2022, board staff will present reports to their respective Board of Trustees recommending that the Boards enact amending by-laws to reflect revised charges. Such by-laws would come into force on the fifth day after they are passed. New rates would come into effect on June 1, 2022.

May 9, 2022 – Special Board of Trustees’ Meeting Agenda

Notice of Intention Amend 2021 EDC By-law (WCDSB) April 11 2022

Board Report WRDSB WCDSB 2022 EDC Amendment 2022.04.11

WRDSB WCDSB EDC AMENDMENT 2022 STAKEHOLDER PRESENTATION

WCDSB / WRDSB EDC Amendment Stakeholder Meeting Recording 2022.04.14

In accordance with Section 5.1 of the Board’s Operational and Procedural By-law, delegations wishing to address a committee or the Board are required to e-mail alice.figueiredo@wcdsb.ca  by 9:00 a.m. the Wednesday prior to the meeting. Each delegation will be allowed ten minutes.


New By-law Effective June 1, 2021

On Monday, May 10, 2021 the Board of Trustees of the Waterloo Catholic District School Board approved a new Education Development Charge By-law (2021).  New residential and non-residential rates will be in effect as of June 1, 2021.

The schedule of Education Development Charges imposed by the By-law with respect to designated categories of residential development and designated residential uses of land, buildings and structures and non-residential development and the designated non-residential uses of land, buildings and structures have been calculated in accordance with the Regulations, as follows:

Residential Charge Per Dwelling Unit

(a) June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022 – $953.00; and,
(b) June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2026 – $1,049.00.

Non-Residential Charge Per Square Foot

(a) June 1, 2021 to May 31, 2022 – $0.42 per square foot ($4.52 per square metre); and
(b) June 1, 2022 to May 31, 2026-$0.43 per square foot ($4.63 per square metre).

Please note, the Board of Trustees directed staff to annually review land values and provide a report to the Board if land values support an amendment to the Education Development Charge By-law (2021) to increase residential and non-residential charges.

Appeals

Any person or organization may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal under Section 257.65 of the Act, in respect of either By-law, by filing with the Secretary of the Board on or before the 9th day of July 2021, a notice of appeal setting out the objection by the By-law(s) and the reasons supporting the objection, along with the required fee payable by certified cheque or money order to the Minister of Finance.

Background

2021 EDC By-law Review Public Consultation

The WCDSB and WRDSB conducted virtual joint statutory public meetings prior to the approval of the by-law.

  • Meeting #1 – April 19, 2021, 7:30pm – Joint Public Meeting (WCDSB/WRDSB) – Live Stream Link
  • Meeting #2 – April 19, 2021, 8:00pm – Joint Public Meeting (WCDSB/WRDSB) – Live Stream Link
  • Meeting #3 – May 10, 2021, 7:30pm – Joint Public Meeting – By-law Passage – Agenda & Live Stream Link

Meeting #1 – Policy Review Public Meeting

The purpose of the first meeting will be to review the current EDC policies of both Boards and to solicit public input.

Meeting #2 – Successor By-Law Public Meeting

The purpose of the second public meeting is to consider the continued imposition of EDCs in the Region of Waterloo, the successor by-laws and to inform the public generally about the EDC proposal of each Board.

Meeting #3 – Consideration of By-Law Adoption

The purpose of the third public meeting is to consider the enactment of successor EDC by-laws in the Region of Waterloo.

Contact for EDCs: edc@wcdsb.ca

Education Development Charges By-Law 2016 (expiry May 31, 2021)

Effective June 1, 2016 to May 31, 2021.
Please note that the by-law may be amended on an annual basis.

Rates:

  • 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.

EDC Information Pamphlet