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 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.

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.


  • 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