Development Charges

Municipalities in Ontario use Development Charges (DCs) to recover certain costs associated with residential and non-residential growth. Companies building houses, subdivisions, shopping centres, industrial parks and other developments help the City pay for the additional municipal services required—things like new water and wastewater systems, roads and transportation infrastructure, community centres, parks, trails, fire and police facilities.

The City estimates what new services will be needed to accommodate Guelph’s growing population, and uses this information to update its Development Charge By-law and DC rates at least every five years as required under the Ontario Development Charges Act.

Current Development Charge Rates

Pursuant to the Development Charge legislation, the City is authorized adjust the Development Charge annually to keep the current rate in-line with the rate of inflation. In accordance with the prescribed Stats Canada Index, the DC rate will increase 1.8% on March 2, 2016 for both Residential and Non-Residential developments.

2 MBTreasurer’s Statement 2015 3 MBTreasurer’s Statement 2014

2013-14 Development Charge (DC) Update

To ensure Guelph’s updated DC rates reflect the population forecasted in Ontario’s Places to Grow Act—43,000 new residents and 32,000 new jobs by the year 2031—the City conducted a background study, and gathered  input from the development community, the business community and the general public before setting new DC rates.

Discussions with developers


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