Who should pay for growth-related costs in our community?

Servicing a growing community, such as Waterloo Region, costs money. Who should pay for it? Taxpayers? Businesses? Developers? We are reviewing the Region’s Development Charge By-law right now and we want to know what you think.

How should we pay for new infrastructure (roads, buses, water treatment plants, ambulance service among others) needed to accommodate new residents and businesses?

Should the existing residents pay in the form of user rates and property taxes? Or should the new development, benefitting from the new infrastructure, pay in the form of development charges or some combination of both?

Why are we asking for

Servicing a growing community, such as Waterloo Region, costs money. Who should pay for it? Taxpayers? Businesses? Developers? We are reviewing the Region’s Development Charge By-law right now and we want to know what you think.

How should we pay for new infrastructure (roads, buses, water treatment plants, ambulance service among others) needed to accommodate new residents and businesses?

Should the existing residents pay in the form of user rates and property taxes? Or should the new development, benefitting from the new infrastructure, pay in the form of development charges or some combination of both?

Why are we asking for public input now?

The development charge by-law must be updated every five years. Our update is due in July 2019. We need to decide who and what amount we charge for development by then.

Before you provide input, please review the information below to help you understand Development Charges. Or watch the short video on this page.

What is the Regional Development Charge?

The purpose of the Regional Development Charge is to recover a portion of the cost for infrastructure that will be used by new houses and non-residential buildings. Municipalities are allowed to collect development charges under the Development Charges Act (DCA). Development Charges (DCs) are effectively taxes on new residential and non-residential development and are paid by Developers. Developers may choose to absorb the charges themselves or pass on some of the costs to new home buyers.

Development Charges are collected to fund new Regional infrastructure relating to water and wastewater, roads and bridges, transit and emergency services. The cities and townships also collect development charges to fund a portion of the growth-related cost of their locally provided services.

The calculated total Regional Development Charges for a single family house in one of the tri-cities could range from approximately $40,000 - $55,000 for both local and Regional services (pending the outcome of the by-law updates). This is higher than Woodstock, Brantford, Guelph and London. It's lower than DCs charged in Hamilton and the Greater Toronto Area whose DCs range from just under $55,000 to almost $120,000.

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    We want your feedback on how the Region of Waterloo should pay for new infrastructure to accommodate new residents and businesses. Your input will help inform the Region’s development charge by-law which is under review. 

    Feedback can be provided online by completing the following questions or by attending a public meeting on May 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. at 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener (Council Chamber).

    It will take approximately five to 10 minutes to answer the questions. You have until May 21, 2019 to provide your input.


    We want your feedback on how the Region of Waterloo should pay for new infrastructure to accommodate new residents and businesses. Your input will help inform the Region’s development charge by-law which is under review. 

    Feedback can be provided online by completing the following questions or by attending a public meeting on May 8, 2019 at 4 p.m. at 150 Frederick Street, Kitchener (Council Chamber).

    It will take approximately five to 10 minutes to answer the questions. You have until May 21, 2019 to provide your input.


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