2023 development charges background study


The City of Guelph has updated its development charges bylaw under the authority of the Development Charges Act, 1997. Development charges help fund the capital costs to accommodate growth within the city. The bylaws in effect as of March 2, 2024, feature rates guided, as required, by a Development Charges Background Study undertaken by City staff with the retained consultant, Watson & Associates Economists Ltd.

Process timeline


  • July 2022: Data collection begins.
  • Fall 2022: Peer review group meetings begin.
  • November 28, 2022: Bill 23: More Homes, Built Faster Act received royal assent.



  • January 2024: Council considers the Development Charges Background Study and the new development charges bylaws for approval.
  • March 2, 2024: New development charges bylaws come into effect.