Wellington Catholic
District School Board
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Education Development Charges (EDCs)

​The Education Development Charges for the Wellington Catholic District School Board are currently under review and are expected to be in place by August 2019. As part of the review process, the Board will be holding several meetings to inform and collect input from stakeholders, and the public at large.

Joint Notice of Passing

Signed EDC By-law


Two stakeholder meetings were held on October 24, 2018 and March 26 2019.  Please refer to the presentations below.

Please note the following slides were presented at a joint Board EDC stakeholder information session on March 26, 2019.  On March 29, 2019 the Minister of Education enacted a new Ontario Regulation (Ontario Regulation 55/19) that amended Ontario Regulation 20/98.  The new regulation effectively lifts the existing EDC rate freeze, replacing it with a prescribed phase in of proposed EDC rates.

A school board’s existing EDC rates could now be increased by $300 or by 5% of the existing rate, whichever is greater.  In addition, in the second year of the by-law and each subsequent year of the by-law, the rate could increase by a further $300 or 5% of the previous year’s EDC rate.


The amended presentation contains additional informaiton explaining the legislative chage and the impacts on the proposed rates for the Wellington Catholic District School Board and the Upper Grand District School Board.

Two additional meetings will be held as follows:​

Public Meeting #1
Wednesday April 24, 2019
County of Wellington Council Chambers
74 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON
7:00pm-9:00pm

          Public Meeting #2
          Wednesday May 15, 2019
          County of Wellington Council Chambers
          74 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON
          7:00pm-9:00pm​

Notice of Public Meetings EDC Agenda

Agenda - April 24_19 EDC Education Development Charges By-Law Review Joint Public Meeting

Agenda - April 24_19 EDC Education Development Charges Policy Review Joint Public Meeting

Stakeholder Notice of Legislative Changes 2019

EDC Policy Review Report - Wellington Catholic District School Board


The last review of Education Development Charges for the Wellington Catholic District School Board was in 2014. The EDC by-laws were passed on June 18, 2014 and came into force on August 24, 2014. The by-law has a term of five years.

On November 19, 2018, the Board approved the report titled EDC Updates and Policies​.

A final draft of the WCDSB & UGDSB EDC Background Study 2019 and Appendices has been completed.

This information summarizes the EDCs imposed by the Wellington Catholic District School Board and the Upper Grand District School Board. This information is intended only as a guide. Interested parties should review the approved by-laws and consult with the municipality in which the development approval is sought, to determine the applicable charges that may apply to specific development proposals.


Legislative Authority

Division E of Part IX of the Education Act enables a district school board to pass by-laws for the imposition of education development charges against residential and/or non-residential development if residential development in the area of jurisdiction of the board increases education land costs, and the development requires one or more of the actions set out below and described in section 257.54 of the Education Act:

  • the passing of a zoning by-law or an amendment to a zoning by-law
  • the approval of a minor variance
  • a conveyance of land to which a by-law passed under subsection 50(7) of the Planning Act applies
  • the approval of a plan of subdivision
  • a consent
  • the approval of a description under the Condominium Act, 1998 
  • the issuing of a building permit under the Building Code Act, 1992, in relation to a building or structure.

Only one Education Development Charge is leviable for a development under the provisions of the by-law, and is payable at the time of building permit issuance, even if more than one planning approval is required.


Purpose of Education Development Charges

Education development charges are used to fund the acquisition of school sites, and related costs to accommodate growth-related pupil needs. Please refer to the 2014 EDC Background Study Study and associated Addendums for more detailed information about the charges.


EDC By-law Process

The Wellington Catholic District School Board held a Public Meetings on May 21, 2014 and the by-law was subsequently passed on June 18, 2014.

The effective implementation date for the Board’s by-law is August 24, 2014.


EDC Rates – Wellington County

The 2014 EDC by-law imposes a single uniform residential development charge rate against development of all lands with the County of Wellington.

Wellington Catholic District School Board: /New Residential Dwelling Unit: $317.00

Upper Grand District School Board: /New Residential Dwelling Unit: $1567.00 

There is no non-residential charge on development for the Wellington Catholic District School Board.

In addition to the statutory exemptions required by the Education Act, publicly funded hospitals are the only discretionary exemption set out in the by-laws.

In accordance with section 19 of the University of Guelph Act, 1964, S.O. 1964 c. 120, properly vested in the University of Guelph and any lands and premises leased to and occupied by the University are exempt from education development charges under these by-laws so long as the same are actually used and occuped for University or University related purposes, those purposes being set out in section 3 of the University of Guelph Act, 1964, as amended.


Timing of payment of Education Development Charges

Education development charges are payable to the municipality approving the development, upon the date that a building permit is issued.


By-law inspection

EDC by-laws, adopted by the Wellington Catholic District School Board and the Upper Grand District School Board can be found through links at the top of this page. By-laws are also available for inspection during regular business hours, at both the Board’s offices:

WCDSB – 75 Woolwich Street, Guelph

UGDSB -500 Victoria Road North, Guelph

The Clerk’s Office of each area municipality also have a copy of the EDC by-laws.