Development Charges

Under the Development Charges Act and its associated regulations, the Region of Waterloo collects Development Charges to recover, to the extent possible, the net growth-related costs of capital infrastructure required to service new development.

Regional services that are currently eligible to receive funding from Development Charges are:

  • Airport
  • General government
  • Library
  • Operations/Facilities
  • Paramedic Services
  • Police
  • Transit
  • Transportation
  • Waste Management
  • Water/Wastewater

The 2017 RDC Brochure lists the current development charge rates for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo (effective January 1, 2017). The RDC rates are indexed annually in accordance with Section 6 of the By-law. The 2018 RDC  Brochure lists the RDC rates effective January 1, 2018.

The Development Charges Act requires the Region to complete a Background Study every five years in order to determine what the charges should be set at in the Regional Development Charges By-Law. Currently, the Region of Waterloo has two By-laws that govern the collection of development charges.

Regional Development Charge By-laws

Related Development Charge Background Study

The Annual Adequacy of Regional Development Charge Collections Report presents analysis and commentary relating to the Region's development charge collections/reserve fund balances to assist in determining the adequacy of the RDC rates established under the current RDC By-law.


The Development Charges Transaction Report presents the annual summary of development charge transactions as required by the Development Charges Act.

2016 Development Charge Transaction Report

2015 Development Charge Transaction Report

2014 Development Charge Transaction Report

2013 Development Charge Transaction Report

2012 Development Charge Transaction Report