Education Development Charges

An Education Development Charge (EDC) is a way for school boards to collect funds from growth-related development to purchase land for new schools and to pay for site work required to prepare to build the school. School boards do not receive funding from the Ministry of Education to acquire new sites, but are able to collect funds through EDCs if certain requirements are met.  
Education Development Charges are used exclusively for school site acquisition and preparation. Municipal Development Charges fund growth related infrastructure and services such as roads, sewers, policing, libraries, fire, transit, and other public services.   
School boards are responsible for setting the EDC rates. The Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) rate is $1,311 per residential dwelling unit and $0.35 per square foot of gross floor area for the non-residential charge.  
The EDC by-law for the SCDSB came into effect on November 4, 2013. The SCDSB and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board passed new by-laws on October 29, 2013. 

2018 Education Development Charges By-law


The Board is currently undertaking a new EDC By-law to replace the 2013 By-law, that came into effect on June 24, 2013.

Education Development Charge Study Cover Letter
2018 Education Development Charges By-Law Draft​
Education Development Charge Policy Review Report (2018)
Education Development Charge - Background Study (2018)
NEW Education Development Charge - AMENDED Background Study (August 2018)

Notice of Information Meeting - September 10, 2018

On September 10, 2018, the Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board will hold a joint information meeting. Read the notice

Information from previous public meetings

The Simcoe County District School Board and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board held joint public meetings in May and June 2018 to review the current educational development charge policies and to gather public input regarding these policies.​


Details regarding first public meetings
Presentation - Public Meetings, May 1, 2018
Updated information regarding June public meeting
Notice of Public Meeting - June 5, 2018
Presentation - Public Meeting, June 5, 2018