Development Charges

Under the Development Charges Act and its associated regulations, the Region of Waterloo collects Development Charges to recover growth-related capital costs from new development.

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.


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

  • Region of Waterloo Library
  • Waterloo Regional Police
  • Emergency Medical Services
  • Airport
  • Transit
  • General Government
  • Operations Facilities
  • Transportation
  • Water
  • Wastewater

On June 27, 2014 the Council of the Regional Municipality of Waterloo passed By-law 14-046 respecting Regional Development Charges effective August 1, 2014.