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

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 RDC Brochure lists the current development charge rates for the Regional Municipality of Waterloo, (please note that RDC Rates will index 17.2% on December 1st 2022 in accordance with the Region’s Development Charge By-law. Further details are provided in Report COR-CFN-22-024 ).

Effective January 1, 2020, the Development Charges Interest Policy applies to the charging of interest, as permitted under sections 26.1 and 26.2 of the Development Charges Act.

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

By-law 14-046

June 2014

By-law 16-053 (Amends 14-046 for Transit & Waste Management)

May 2017

By-law 19-037 (Effective August 1, 2019)

April 2019 (Addendum)

Historic RDC Brochures

 

December 1, 2019

 

December 1, 2020

 

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.

Year

Report #

2021

COR-CFN-22-12

2020

COR-CFN-21-26

2019

COR-FSD-20-11

2018

COR-FSD-19-17

2017

COR-FSD-18-06

2016

COR-FSD-16-10

2015

COR-FSD-15-17

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

Year

Report #

2021

COR-CFN-22-05

2020

COR-CFN-21-16

2019

COR-FSD-20-05

2018

COR-FSD-19-11

2017

COR-FSD-18-02

2016

COR-FSD-17-07

2015

COR-FSD-16-08

2014

F-27-50

2013

F-14-040

2012

F-13-033

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