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Education Development Charges

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.

2024 EDC Review

The Board is in the process of reviewing its Education Development Charge. As part of that process the Board would like to engage with local stakeholders to provide information about the EDC process, some general timelines, and have an opportunity for interested parties to make any comments or ask any questions.  The information sessions will be organized by the Boards’ consultant and Board staff, with their EDC legal counsel also in attendance. 

Stakeholder Information Sessions:

  • First information session was held virtually on December 18, 2023 at 1pm-2:30pm 
  • Second information session being held virtually on March 7, 2024 at 2pm-3pm

Public Meetings: Full Details-Public Notice 

  • Policy Review & Successor By-Law Public Meeting being held in person on March 21, 2024 at 7pm
  • In Consideration of By-Law Adoption Public Meeting being held in person on April 18, 2024 at 7pm
Documents Pertaining to Education Development Charges

***Please note that on March 22, 2024 a minor revision was made to the attached Form E (total elementary students for the UGDSB) in response to comments received from Ministry of Education staff. The revision does not impact the calculation of the EDC nor the resulting quantum.

2019 EDC Information

This following information summarizes the EDCs imposed by the Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic 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.

Current EDC Rates

The 2019 EDC by-law imposes a single uniform residential development charge rate against development of all lands with the County of Wellington (including Guelph).

Current 100% Residential Rate Calculated 100% Residential Rate Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4 Year 5
    May 20, 2019 to May 19, 2020 May 20, 2020 to May 19, 2021 May 20, 2021 to May 19, 2022 May 20, 2022 to May 19, 2023 May 20, 2023 to May 19, 2024
617 619 617 619 619 619 619