Education Development Charges
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.
Public Meeting #1
|Public Meeting #2
Wednesday May 15, 2019
County of Wellington Council Chambers
74 Woolwich Street, Guelph, ON
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.
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.
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
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.