Development charges

Development charges help the city pay for increased demand for municipal services resulting from growth. They are payable prior to a building permit being issued.

The development charge bylaw (PDF) applies to all new development and certain changes in use in the city, with the following exemptions:

  • new buildings on land owned or used by a municipality or board
  • the addition of up to two additional dwelling units to an existing structure
  • enlargement of industrial building by up to 50 percent of total floor space
  • new buildings for college, university or other academic uses, with some exceptions
  • new buildings for temporary uses

Watch: explaining development charges (3:40)

Fees

Rates are increased or decreased annually as of January 1 in accordance with the change in the non-residential building construction price index. For a full breakdown of charges and what city services they go toward, download the 2019 Development Charges info sheet (PDF).

 

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Residential          

Single and semi-detached units

$12,025

$12,085

$12,242

$15,098

$15,881

Multiple units (including townhouses, masionettes and terrace dwellings)

$7,930

$7,970

$8,074

$10,916

$11,482

Apartments with up to one bedroom

$5,466

$5,494

$5,566

$5,807

$6,108

Apartments with two-three bedroom

$7,108

$7,144

$7,237

$9,893

$10,407

Apartments with four-five bedrooms

$11,663

$11,721

$11,872

$20,905

$21,990

Lodging houses per bedroom for six or more

$3.645

$3,664

$3,712

$4,645

$4,885

Non-residential          
Per square metre of floor area  $67.29  $67.63  $68.51  $72.73  $76.49

Other charges

When applicable, the city also collects development charges on behalf of other levels of government: