Public and Catholic School Boards To Hold Public Meeting June 5th for Educational Development Charges


The school boards have decided to postpone the decisions regarding educational development charges.

The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) the school boards have decided to postpone the decisions regarding educational development charges and will now offer another public consultation meeting on June 5, 2018.

As a result of the feedback received at the first public consultation meeting held on May 1, 2018, the school boards have decided to postpone the decisions regarding educational development charges and offer another public consultation meeting on June 5, 2018.

The Boards state the purpose of June 5th meeting will be to further inform the public generally about the education development charge proposals, to consider next steps, and to solicit public input.

The meeting will be held at the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board, Catholic Education Centre at 46 Alliance Boulevard in Barrie, beginning at 6:00 p.m.


Education Development Charges (EDCs) are a revenue source, for school boards that qualify, to purchase and develop land for new schools or expansion of existing schools.

Education Development Charges (EDCs) are a revenue source, for school boards that qualify, to purchase and develop land for new schools or expansion of existing schools. EDCs are meant as a funding mechanism for boards that are experiencing a growth-related accommodation need in their jurisdiction.

Watson & Associates, Economists Ltd., submitted a report to the Boards of Education on April 17, 2018 entitled Simcoe County District School Board & Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board Education Development Charge Background Study 2018.

“The current SCDSB EDC is $1,311 per residential unit and $0.35 per square foot of gross floor area (“GFA”) for the non-residential charge. For the SMCDSB, the residential charge is $448 per dwelling unit and $0.12 per square foot of GFA. The total combined charges for both school boards is currently $1,759 per residential unit and $0.47 per square foot of GFA. The proposed 2018 EDC rates have escalated fairly significantly for both school boards. The proposed charges for the two school boards total $5,064 per residential unit and $1.37 per square foot of GFA – this is an increase of 188% on the residential side and almost 192% on the non-residential side. The SCDSB proposed EDC is $3,591 per dwelling unit and $0.97 per square foot of GFA and the SMCDSB proposed EDC is $1,472 per dwelling unit and $0.40 per square foot of GFA.

While the proposed EDC increases are significant, it is important to note that the price of land in Simcoe County has escalated significantly since the Boards passed their current by-laws in 2013.”

The proposed significant jump in Education Development Charges had alarmed local developers, some saying a huge increase similar to what was being proposed could halt construction on specific projects and would most certainly trigger a rise in selling prices for consumers.

The idea of developments becoming more expensive comes at a time when construction of new homes is happening at a pace not before seen in Collingwood and when the Town of Collingwood and County of Simcoe are striving to create more affordable housing for the region.



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