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Education Development Charges

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Last updated on Wednesday, August 26, 2015.

Education Development Charges

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board (HWDSB) adopted its Education Development Charge (EDC) By-law on August 25, 2014. The approved by-law, similar to that of the Hamilton-Wentworth Catholic District School Board, applies to the City of Hamilton – the Board’s entire jurisdiction.

Under the EDC legislation, HWDSB is required to determine its growth-related needs resulting from new residential development over a 15-year future planning period (2014-15 to 2028-29).

Based on this assessment, the following rates were imposed when the by-law came into effect on August 30, 2014:

  • $1,039 per residential unit
  • $0.39 per square foot of gross floor area of non-residential development

EDCs are a primary source of funding site acquisition needs for a school board experiencing growth within its jurisdiction. The effective implementation date for the board’s by-law is August 30, 2014. The by-law has a term of five years and applies to building permit applications that have been submitted to the City of Hamilton after August 29, 2014 in relation to a building or structure for below ground or above ground construction. The By-law will expire on August 29, 2019.

EDC By-law 2013:

Hamilton-Wentworth District School Board – Education Development Charges By-Law

Education Development Charges 2013 – more information:

Approved Board Policies:

3.3 Education Development Charges: Alternative Accommodations for School Facilities

3.4 Education Development Charges: School Sites and Operating Budget

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