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 SCDSB and the Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board passed new by-laws on Oct. 16, 2023.