2024 Education Development Charges By-Law Renewal

The Education Act provides a school board with the ability to implement an Education Development Charges By-law if there is residential development in the area of jurisdiction of the board that would increase education land costs. As per the legislation, education development charges (EDCs) may be levied against land undergoing residential and/or non-residential development.

The primary purpose in implementing an EDC By-law is to provide a board with a source of funding for growth-related education land costs, i.e. costs to acquire and prepare school sites to accommodate students generated from new development. The province’s ‘Student Focused Funding Model’ does not include a separate per pupil grant to fund the purchase of new school sites.

The Ottawa-Carleton District School Board has an existing EDC By-law in place.  This by-law came into force on April 1, 2019.  In accordance with provincial regulations, the current by-law is scheduled to expire on March 31, 2024.  In order to continue to fund the purchase of land required for growth-related new school sites through the collection of EDCs, the Board must implement a new by-law on or before this expiry date.

Accordingly, the Board has entered into a study and consultative process which will examine the possibility of passing a new EDC By-law in 2024.

As part of this process, two special public meetings will be held on January 16, 2024 prior to the regularly scheduled meeting of Committee of the Whole. These meetings will be convened in order to review the policies contained within the Board’s existing EDC By-law, and those which will help form the proposed new by-law in 2024.

A notice of the Public Meetings of the Board to be held in consideration of a new Education Development Charges By-law will be published in the Ottawa Citizen on December 15, 2023.

Special Public Meetings:

January 16, 2024 – 133 Greenbank Road, 6:00 pm

The first public meeting will be convened to review the policies contained in the Board’s existing Education Development Charges By-law.

January 16, 2024 – 133 Greenbank Road, 6:30 pm

The second public meeting will be convened to receive input and hear delegations regarding a proposed new by-law and the EDC Background Study prepared in support of its consideration.

The EDC Background Study will be presented at the meeting. It will be available to members of the public via our website on December 22. After this date, hardcopies of the study will also be available at the main reception (133 Greenbank Road) upon request.

Subsequent to receiving input from Trustees, stakeholders, and the public regarding the proposed new by-law, staff will bring forward a recommendation report forward for consideration to the regularly scheduled March 5, 2024 meeting of the Board’s Committee of the Whole. The meeting will commence at 7:00 pm at 133 Greenbank Road.

If approved by committee, the EDC By-law will be considered by Board at a Special Board Meeting on March 5, 2024. The meeting will commence at 10:00 pm at 133 Greenbank Road.

If approved by Board, the new By-law would be implemented effective April 1, 2024.

Please note that members of the public who would like to address the Board at a public meeting may do so as a delegation. Information regarding how to appear as a delegation.


Should you have any comments or questions regarding the proposed new EDC By-law, you may submit them via the following:

                       By E-mail:                                2024edcbylaw@ocdsb.ca
                       By Regular Mail:                      EDC By-law 2024,                                                                                                                                         c/o The Planning Department at 133 Greenbank Road,Nepean, Ontario K2H 6L3

Please be advised that by submitting written comments to the Ottawa-Carleton District School Board you acknowledge and understand that any personal information appearing on your message such as, but not limited to: name, address, email address - as defined by the Municipal Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act - may be disclosed publicly when your comments are circulated in connection with this issue.

Additional information

Report 24-002 New Education Development Charges By-law (2024-2029) - Required Public Meeting and Background Study
Report 24-001 Education Development Charges - Existing By-law Policy Review
Memorandum 24-001 Education Development Charges Background Study 2024
Report 23-083 Education Development Charges Policy Statement
Memorandum 23-072 Education Development Charges By-law, Background Study

Memorandum 23-032 ‘Education Development Charges By-law – 2024 By-law Renewal Update


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