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Development charges by-laws and rates

City Council enacted the current Development Charges By-law on June 19, 2019. On May 12, 2021, the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal (LPAT) amended the by-law with new rates retroactive to the date the by-law was enacted by Council (June 19, 2019). The amended rates are posted below.

The Region of Peel and School Boards have their own development charges by-laws. The City collects development charges on behalf of the Region of Peel, GO Transit, the Peel District School Board and Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board.

Region of Peel development charges

GO Transit development charges

Peel District School Board development charges

Dufferin-Peel Catholic District School Board development charges

Every five years the City is required to update its Development Charges By-law by preparing a Development Charges Background Study. The study contains detailed information on how development charges will be used to fund upcoming capital projects.

2022 Development Charges and Community Benefits Charge By-law Review

The City is currently updating its 2019 Development Charges (DC) by-law (0096-2019) by preparing a new 2022 DC Background Study in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997.

Recent changes to the Planning Act have resulted in the need to develop a new Community Benefits Charge (CBC) by-law supported by a CBC Strategy.

The draft 2022 DC Background Study and By-law, and CBC Strategy and By-law will be presented at a Statutory Public Meeting in January 2022 for feedback and comments. These draft documents and by-laws are tentatively scheduled to be presented for Council approval in March 2022.

You can view the following corporate reports related to the DC and CBC By-law Review below:

  • Budget Committee, June 21, 2021: Item 7.1 – 2022 Development Charges Background Study and Community Benefits Charge Update
  • General Committee, March 31, 2021: Item 9.3 – Mississauga’s Population and Employment Forecasts for the Development Charges and Community Benefits Charge By-law Review and Item 9.4 – Development Charges Background Study and Community Benefits Charge Strategy Project Update

You can view the following presentations from the stakeholder meetings below:

As information becomes available it will be posted here. For questions/comments please contact Shahada Khan, Manager, Development Financing & Reserve Management at shahada.khan@mississauga.ca.

Historical Development Charges By-law Review

The City’s Parkland Conveyance By-law is being updated based on development in Mississauga and recent legislative changes to the Planning Act. Stakeholder consultation is underway at key project milestones to share details about the alternative rate methodology and gather feedback on the proposed by-law changes. The new by-law is expected to come before Council in early 2022.

To support the by-law, a Parks Plan is being drafted to review Mississauga’s city-wide parkland needs. The Parks Plan will also identify areas of the City that present or will present parkland deficit, satisfy the requirements of the Planning Act and provide a base for the parkland conveyance by-law to demonstrate the need to collect land and/or cash-in-lieu. Stakeholder consultation will be undertaken and included in the plan that is expected to come before Council by late 2021.

The City provided an update on both projects in a Parkland Conveyance By-law and Parks Plan Update report to Budget Committee on June 23, 2021. Please email park.planning@mississauga.ca to be added to the stakeholder list or with questions regarding the Parkland Conveyance By-law and Parks Plan.

Development charge rates

Rates are indexed semi-annually on February 1 and August 1.

On May 12, 2021 the Local Planning Appeal Tribunal amended the City’s development charge rates retroactive to June 19, 2019. Rate changes may result in the need to recalculate development charges payable.

On February 1, 2021, Go Transit and the City’s development charge rates changed as per scheduled indexing. Rate changes may result in the need to recalculate development charges payable and provide additional payment.

On December 10, 2020, Regional Council approved the Region’s new Development Charges By-law 77-2020. The Region’s development charge rates changed on January 22, 2021.

Current rates: August 1, 2021 to January 31, 2022 Development Charges Rates

Changes to the Development Charges Act

On January 1, 2020, changes to the Development Charges Act (1997) came into effect.

These changes altered when development charges are calculated and collected. They also include a ‘freezing’ of development charge rates at an earlier stage in the planning process, pursuant under Section 26.2 of the DCA, and ‘deferral’ of development charge payments for certain types of developments, pursuant under Section 26.1 of the DCA.

As part of these changes, the City and Region are allowed to charge interest on both ‘frozen’ and ‘deferred’ development charge payments.

On February 3, 2021, City Council adopted a corporate policy entitled Development Charges Interest Rates and Associated Payments.

On July 9, 2020, Regional Council approved the Development Charges Interest Rate policy and enacted By-law 21-2020. This policy and by-law applies to GO Transit development charges as well.