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

For more information about how the Region invests in the community using
development charges, please read the Investing in Our Community
Infrastructure fact sheet.

The Region recently completed a Development Charges Background Study for Transit and Waste Management services as well as a proposed  Draft By-law to Amend By-law 14-046 Regarding Development Charges - Transit Services and Waste Management Services.

A statutory public meeting will be held in Regional Council Chambers on September 13, 2016 at 4 p.m.

Public Meeting Agenda

Public Meeting video

Public Meeting Minutes

Administration & Finance Committee will consider Report COR-FSD-16-32 on November 22, 2016

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.


Annual Adequacy of Regional Development Charge Collections Review:


Report #

2016 COR-FSD-16-10
2015 COR-FSD-15-17


Development Charge Transaction Report:


Report #

2015 COR-FSD-16-08
2014 F-27-50
2013 F-14-040
2012 F-13-033
2011 F-12-029
2010 F-11-038