Education Development Charges (EDCs) are used by school boards to fund site acquisition and other site related costs to accommodate for students from new residential development. Residential and non-residential development in the Region of Halton are subject to both Education Development Charges by Halton District School Board and
Halton Catholic District School Board. The local municipality collects Education Development Charges on behalf of both school boards at the time of building permit issuance.
2018 EDC By-law
After significant discussion with the Ministry, the EDC Background Study dated March 12, 2018 was approved on June 28, 2018. However, the Ministry’s approval was conditional upon the Board agreeing that a new education development charge by-law based on this background study would be for a maximum term of up to one year and impose education development charges of
- $4,364.00 per dwelling unit and;
- $1.11 per square foot of gross floor area for residential and non-residential developments.
The Board approved the new 2018 EDC By-law, which include these charges on June 29,2018 and they come into effect on July 4, 2018.
These EDCs are the same as the rates that were imposed under the Board’s 2013 EDC by-law, as amended, when it expired last weekend on June 24, 2018.
Two public meetings were held on April 18, 2018 at J.W. Singleton Centre to consider the proposed By-law and inform the public generally about the Board's EDC proposal. The PowerPoint presentation from these meeting is now available to be viewed.
The third public meeting was held on May 16, 2018 at 7:00pm at J.W. Singleton Centre. The PowerPoint presentation is available to be viewed or downloaded.
2018 Education Development Charge By-Law (June 29, 2018)
Education Development Charge Policy Review Report (2018)
Education Development Charge - Background Review Report (2018)
For a full list of documents regarding the EDC By-law and past amendments, please see the Resources menus below.
Current EDC rates for the Halton Catholic District School Board (HCDSB) can be found on their website.
Frequently Asked Questions
What are Education Development Charges (EDCs)?
How are EDCs calculated?
Are there exemptions to the EDC By-law?
How long can the EDC By-law be in effect?
Can an EDC By-law be amended?
Yes. The EDC By-law can be amended only once per year.
Are EDCs collected by school boards applied to new school construction?
No. Money collected can only fund the acquisition of school sites and related costs. The construction of new schools in generally funded through capital grants from the Ministry of Education.
Will the recently approved EDC By-law amendment affect my taxes?
No. EDCs do not impact property taxes. The EDC By-law amendment will only affect new residential and non-residential development which have or will be submitted for building permits.
Documents provided under Resources may not be available in accessible format. For assistance, or if you require further information on Education Development Charges, please contact the Planning department and we will direct your inquiry to the appropriate staff member.
2017 Amendment to the 2013 EDC By-law Resources
Notice of Passing of an Amending EDC By-law
Education Development Charges (EDCs) Pamphlet
Education Development Charges (EDC) By-law, 2013, as amended in 2017
Board Report 17061 - Education Development Charge By-law Amendment (2017)
Notice of Proposed Amendment to EDC By-law
Proposed EDC Amending By-law (2017)
Consideration of an EDC Amendment - Background Report