Development Charges

The City of Guelph recently completed its 2018 Development Charges Background Study.
Learn more about the DC Study


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 Bylaw and Development Charge rates at least every five years as required under the Ontario Development Charges Act.

Current Development Charge Rates

Treasurer’s statements

Treasurer’s Statement 2019Treasurer’s Statement 2018Treasurer’s Statement 2017Treasurer’s Statement 2016Treasurer’s Statement 2015Treasurer’s Statement 2014

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