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 Bylaw and Development Charge 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 Development Charge rate will increase 1.8% on March 2, 2016 for both Residential and Non-Residential developments.

2018 Development Charge Study

Development charges are fees levied against new development to help cover the initial capital cost of infrastructure required to service growth. This infrastructure may include water, wastewater and stormwater pipes, roads and sidewalks.
The Development Charges Background Study is a requirement of the Development Charges Act 1997, and must be completed every five years. The City’s existing bylaw is set to expire on March 2, 2019 at 12:01 a.m.

Business is important to the City. The Stakeholder Group reviews, consults, and exchanges information regarding the Development Charges Background Study and its process to ensure Development Charges are levied in a fair and equitable manner. The Stakeholder Group reviews capital plans and assumptions that will inform the Development Charges study, and provides feedback relating to:

  • Local Service Policy;
  • Service standard calculation; and
  • Infrastructure needs/capital plan.

The Stakeholder Group is not a decision-making body and does not have the authority to vote, commit City resources or direct the work of employees.

Members of the Stakeholder Group:

  • Consider matters, issues or information provided by the Project Team relating to Background Study process, and provide feedback as requested.
  • Liaise with the organization they represent (if applicable) to bring forward advice, issues or comments from their organization and to return information and results to the organization from the stakeholder group.
  • Strive to operate in a consensus mode where participants openly discuss views and opinions and seek common ground
  • Embrace the City of Guelph’s Guiding Principles for Community Engagement and Community Engagement Framework when providing advice or recommendations and when interacting with the Project Team.

Stakeholder Group members are expected to serve for the full extent of the Development Charges Background Study project.


2013-14 Development Charge (DC) update

To ensure Guelph’s updated Development Charge 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 Development Charge rates.

Treasurer’s statements

157 KBTreasurer’s Statement 2016 2 MBTreasurer’s Statement 2015 3 MBTreasurer’s Statement 2014

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