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Education Development Charge Review

Education Development Charge Review, 2018

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. In order to renew the EDC by-laws, each board must follow certain processes and guidelines as required by provincial legislation, including the review of policies and the development of a Background Study.  The Background Study fulfills certain requirements while providing background necessary to understand the school site needs and determine the education development charge.

The passage of an EDC by-law gives school boards the authority to impose and collect EDCs for the purpose of acquiring and developing school sites.  Each by-law has a maximum term of 5 years.

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School Board (SMCDSB) and the Simcoe County District School Board (SCDSB) are currently undertaking a joint review of our EDCs and related by-laws.   As part of the review process, a Education Development Charge Policy Review Report and an Education Development Charge Background Study have been prepared and are now available.  Also available is a Summary of the review and proposed charge.

Scheduled Meetings 

Previously Scheduled Meetings

Public meeting in consideration of EDC by-law enactment

Thursday, Oct. 25, 2018 at 6 p.m.

SMCDSB Catholic Education Centre,
46 Alliance Boulevard, Barrie


See the notice of public meeting for more information.

Policy Review Public Meeting

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @ 6 p.m.

SCDSB Education Centre, 1170 Highway 26, Midhurst


Successor By-law Public Meeting

Tuesday, May 1, 2018 @ 6:30 p.m. (immediately after the first meeting)


Public Meeting in consideration of by-law passage

Tuesday, June 5, 2018 @ 6 p.m.

SMCDSB Catholic Education Centre,
46 Alliance Boulevard, Barrie


More information on these public meetings can be found in the meeting notice. 

Public Information Meeting
Monday, September 10, 2018 @ 6 p.m.
SCDSB Education Centre, 1170 Highway 26, Midhurst 

See the notice of public meeting for more information.


Current Education Development Charges (EDC’s)

The Simcoe Muskoka Catholic District School has an EDC by-law in place which relates only to the County of Simcoe portion of our jurisdiction.   The Background Study that supports this by-law was completed in 2013.

Please refer to the EDC Pamphlet and the SMCDSB EDC By-law No. 4502-13 for additional information.