Education Development Charges

The last review of Education Development Charges for the Upper Grand District School Board was in 2014. The new 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.

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.

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 Education Development Charges Background Study and associated addendums for more detailed information about the charges.

EDC by-law process

The Upper Grand 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 - Dufferin County

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

Upper Grand District School Board Residential /New Residential Dwelling Unit: $832.00

There is no non-residential charge on development for the Upper Grand 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.

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.

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

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

There is no non-residential charge on development for the Upper Grand or Wellington Catholic District School Boards.

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 Upper Grand District School Board and the Wellington Catholic 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:

UGDSB -500 Victoria Road North, Guelph
WCDSB - 75 Woolwich Street, Guelph

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

 Township of Amaranth Township of Centre Wellington  County of Dufferin 
Township of East Garafraxa Town of Erin Township of Guelph/Eramosa
 City of Guelph Town of Grand Valley Township of Mapleton
Township of Melancthon Town of Minto Town of Mono
Township of Mulmur Town of Orangeville Township of Puslinch
Town of Shelburne County of Wellington Township of Wellington North