2021 Education Development Charges Background Study and By-law
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.
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.
The Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) and the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) have education development charge (EDC) by-laws in place in the Regional Municipality of Waterloo.
EDCs are a revenue source, for school boards that qualify, to purchase and develop land for new schools. EDCs are meant as a funding mechanism for boards that are experiencing a growth-related accommodation need in their jurisdiction. In order to renew their by-laws each Board must follow certain processes and guidelines as required by provincial legislation.
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
Unlike some municipalities, we do not have any area-specific exemptions (e.g., core area redevelopment).
Demolition or redevelopment credits
Demolition or destruction of a building gives credits for redevelopment. Redevelopment must be on the same site. Credits last for two years on residential units and five years on non-residential floor area.
Residential additions and conversions
We do not charge EDCs on basic additions to homes, like adding a sun room. Sometimes if you add more units to a home, a charge applies. If you convert a home within 12 months of moving in, a charge applies. For more information, consult the 2021 WCDSB EDC By-law.
Non-residential (industrial) additions
We 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.
This does not apply to detached buildings on the same site. For more information, consult the 2021 WCDSB EDC By-law.
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.
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.
- 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
2016 Education Development Charges Background Study