Guelph updates development charges

Ontario Construction News staff writer

Guelph council has approved amendments to the city’s development charges bylaw, including new rates for development charges. The updated bylaw goes into effect immediately.

Key changes include:

  • Removing the 10 per cent soft service deduction. The city will now collect 100 per cent of development charges for parks and recreation, library, health, ambulance, waste diversion, and parking (until September 2022).
  • Removing parking services as an eligible development charge as of September 2022.
  • Updating service categorizes. For example, outdoor and indoor recreation services are now combined as parks and recreation services.
  • Providing non-profit agencies the option to pay their development charges in instalment over a longer time.
  • Adding and updating definitions.

“With this development charges update, we’re able to meet provincial legislative requirements to reconfirm the bylaw before September 2022,” said Greg Clark, manager, financial strategy and long-term planning.

“These changes allow us to collect funding for soft services such as park and recreation as development charges continue to be the main source of funding for future capital infrastructure growth, including water pipes, roads, sidewalks, transit, wastewater treatment and city facilities.”

Guelph’s updated DC bylaw and rates will generate about $1,200 in additional revenue per single detached residential unit built, and $1.26 per sq. m. of non-residential construction.

With parking services excluded from the development charges as of September 2022, development charge rates will decrease by 0.3 per cent for residential and four per cent reduction for non-residential construction at that time.

The bylaw now aligns with provincial legislation including Bill 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act.

Appeals can be submitted until Feb. 1 by email at or by mail to 1 Carden Street, Guelph, ON N1H 3A1.


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