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.

2021 Education Development Charges Review

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 that are set to expire on May 31 of 2021.

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.

Public Meetings

The WCDSB and WRDSB will conduct virtual joint statutory public meetings on the following dates.  Connection information will be posted online closer to the meeting dates.  Individuals wishing to appear as delegations before the Boards are requested to contact the board at edc@wcdsb.ca to pre-register prior to April 19th or May 10th to facilitate access to the virtual meeting platform.

  • 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 (WCDSB/WRDSB)

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

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

EDC By-Law

2016 Education Development Charges Background Study

Contact for EDCs: edc@wcdsb.ca

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.

Community Planning and Partnerships Guideline

APF012: Facility Partnerships

Approved Partners
To be considered, interested partners shall submit an application to first become an approved partner. Partnership applications should be submitted to planning@wcdsb.ca

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.

2020 Community Planning and Partnership Report

For any information about the opportunities listed above please contact planning@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.

Please visit the EcoZone website for information about walking programs.


Contact: planning@wcdsb.ca

Jennifer Passy
Manager of Planning
519-578-3660 X2253

Virina Elgawly
Planning Officer
519-578-3660 ext. 2359

Jordan Neale
Planning Technician
519-578-3660 X2355