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Community Benefit Charge By-law review

On June 22, 2022, City Council passed a Community Benefits Charge By-law 0134-2022. The by-law comes into force on June 23, 2022.

About the Community Benefits Charge

The CBC is a new fee that will help the City pay for the capital costs of high-density development.

Currently development charges are the City’s primary revenue tool for funding growth. This new charge will help ease the financial pressure that high-density development places on our infrastructure.

This charge will apply to the construction or redevelopment of buildings with 5 or more storeys and 10 or more residential units.

The charge is based on the value of the development land the day before the building permit is issued. Property developers must pay this charge before receiving a building permit.


In 2019 and 2020, Bills 108, the More Homes, More Choice Act, and 197 the Covid-19 Economic Recovery Act, rewrote Section 37 of the Planning Act. These legislative changes enable municipalities to collect community benefits charges.

Before collecting these charges, the City must pass a Council-approved by-law that’s supported by a strategy.

For more information about the strategy, read the Draft 2022 Community Benefits Charge Strategy (March 4, 2022 version).

The draft Community Benefits Charge Strategy was presented at a Statutory Public Meeting on April 6, 2022 for feedback and comments. The corporate report is available below.

The draft 2022 CBC By-law is available (May 16, 2022 version)

The draft Strategy and By-law, with minor technical amendments, were presented for General Committee consideration on June 15, 2022. The corporate report is available below and includes the amended information. Council approved the amended Strategy and By-law on June 22, 2022. The corporate report is available below.

Corporate reports

The following corporate reports are related to the Community Benefits Charge By-law Review:


View the following presentations from the stakeholder consultation meetings:

For questions or comments please contact Shahada Khan, Manager, Development Financing and Reserve Management at

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