2021 EDC Background Study and By-law
Notice of Adoption – New By-law Effective June 1, 2021
Please be advised that on Monday, May 10, 2021, the Waterloo Region District School Board (WRDSB) and Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) adopted new Education Development Charges By-laws, 2021. Copy of the reports and By-laws (unsigned) are available at:
The By-law is in effect for 5 years (expiring May 31, 2026); however, it may be amended on an annual basis.
There is a 40-day appeal period, ending on June 21, 2021.
Any person or organization may appeal to the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal under Section 257.65 of the Education Act, in respect of the By-law, by filing with the Secretary of the Board or before the 21st day of June 2021, a notice of appeal setting out the objection to the By-law and the reasons supporting the objection.
The following WRDSB Education Development Charge (EDC) rates apply to building permits in the Region of Waterloo:
- Residential Rate effective June 1, 2021 (year 1): $2,248.00 per unit
- Residential Rate effective June 1, 2022-May 31, 2023 (Year 2): $2,548.00
- Residential Rate effective June 1, 2023-May 31, 2026 (Years 3, 4, 5): $2,748.00
- Non-residential Rate effective June 1, 2021 (year 1): $1.51 per square foot
- Non-residential Rate effective June 1, 2022-May 31, 2023 (Year 2): $1.61 per square foot
- Non-residential Rate effective June 1, 2023-May 31, 2026 (Years 3, 4, 5): $1.66 per square foot
The WRDSB and WCDSB conducted public meetings under Sections 257.60 and 257.63 of the Education Act to address the imposition of EDCs against land undergoing development in the Region of Waterloo.
First Meeting – Policy Review Public Meeting, Monday, April 19, 2021, 7:30 PM
The purpose of the first meeting was to review the current EDC policies of both Boards and to solicit public input.
Second Meeting – Successor by-law Public Meeting, Monday, April 19, 2021, 8:00 PM
The purpose of the second public meeting was 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.
Third Meeting – Consideration of by-law Adoption, Monday, May 10, 2021, 7:30 PM
The purpose of the third public meeting was to consider the enactment of successor EDC by-laws in the Region of Waterloo.
Stakeholder Information Meeting – Thursday, March 18, 2021, 1:00 PM
The purpose of this information session was to present the methodology and process of the EDC, the general assumptions used to calculate the new charge and to provide the new draft proposed EDC rates. The WRDSB’s EDC consultant provided a brief presentation and the consultant along with the Board’s legal counsel and Board staff were available to hear comments or answer any questions.
EDCs are a levy on new residential and non-residential construction.
We use EDCs to buy land for new schools to help us grow.
The Education Development Charges By-Law, 2021 is effective from June 1, 2021, to May 31, 2026.
In 2020, the WRDSB and the Waterloo Catholic District School Board (WCDSB) retained Watson & Associates Economists Ltd., Keel Cottrelle LLP and Cushman & Wakefield to assist the school boards through the process of renewing their Education Development Charge (EDC) by-laws in the Region of Waterloo. The EDC team has prepared a new Education Development Charge Background Study (linked below) that allowed the Boards to adopt new EDC by-laws prior to the expiry of their existing EDC by-laws in June 2021.
Do I have to pay a fee?
Some 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 Education Development Charges By-Law, 2021.
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 sunroom. 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. We do not charge if you add:
- one to two new units to a single detached home
- the total gross floor area of the new unit(s) must be smaller or the same size as the existing unit
- one new unit to all other residential dwellings (e.g., townhouse, apartment, etc.)
- the total gross floor area of the new unit must be smaller or the same size as the smallest existing unit in the building
For more information, consult the Education Development Charges By-Law, 2021.
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 Education Development Charges By-Law, 2021.
More information on the EDC by-law is available in the following documents:
- Education Development Charges By-Law, 2021
- EDC background study, 2021
- Notice of the passing of 2021 Education Development Charges By-laws