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OCSB Education Development Charges (EDC) Notice of Public Meetings

Policy Review Public Meeting and Successor By-Law Public Meeting
Tuesday February 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm, OCSB Boardroom

TAKE NOTICE that at the regular meeting of the Board on February 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm the Ottawa Catholic School Board (OCSB) will hold public meetings pursuant to Section 257.60 and 257.63 of the Education Act. The purpose of these meetings will be: 1) to review the current education development charge polices of the Board and to solicit public input, and 2) to consider the continued imposition of education development charges and a successor by-law and to inform the public generally about the Board’s EDC proposal.

A Policy Review Document setting out the Board’s policies for the current education development charge by-law and the Education Development Charge Background Study required under Section 257.61 of the Education Act (including the proposed EDC by-law) which sets out the Board’s education development charge proposal is now available for viewing.

Please note that pursuant to O. Reg, 438/18 imposed on October 12, 2018, a school board may not adopt EDC rates that are higher than the current in-force by-law rates. Therefore, the purpose of the public meetings is to convey what the EDC rates would have been had this Regulation not been adopted by the Province. It is anticipated that the Board will consider the adoption of a successor by-law imposing education development charges in the City of Ottawa on March 26, 2019.

Public Meeting In Consideration of By-Law Adoption
Tuesday, March 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm, OCSB Boardroom

TAKE NOTICE that at the regular meeting of the Board on Tuesday March 26, 2019, the OCSB will hold a public meeting to consider the enactment of a successor EDC by-law in the City of Ottawa.

Any person who attends these meetings may make a representation to the Board in respect of the policies and proposal. Written submissions, filed in advance of the meeting, will also be considered. These submissions should be received no later than seven (7) days prior to the meeting so that they may be distributed to Trustees prior to the meeting. All submissions received in writing and those expressed at the public meeting will be considered prior to the enactment of an education development charge by-law.

All interested parties are invited to attend the public meetings. Submissions and requests to address the Board as a delegation should be submitted to:

Hilary Close, Manager of Corporate Affairs, Phone: 613-224-4455 Ext. 2271

Comments or requests for further information regarding this matter may be directed to: Ms. Toni Marcon-Stewart, Planning Officer, Planning & Facilities, Phone: 613 224-4455 Ext. 2276

Planning and Facilities Department

The Planning and Facilities Department contributes to student and staff success and the quality of Catholic education in its stewardship of the Board’s facilities.

This department effectively provides enrollment projections, school planning strategies, new school site acquisitions, school boundary maps, new school design and construction, school renovations and additions, all aspects of facility maintenance, operations and renewal services as well as Community Use of Schools. Our dedicated team strives for excellence in the stewardship of resources and in all facets of the services provided to ensure a clean, safe and healthy environment for students, staff and school communities.

Education Development Charges (EDC) By-Law Renewal

The Education Act empowers a school board to enact a by-law implementing Education Development Charges (EDC) on residential and commercial development in its jurisdiction where such development would result in an increase in education land costs. The primary purpose in implementing an EDC By-law is to provide the board with a source of funding to purchase and provide municipal services to future school sites to accommodate students generated from new development who cannot be accommodated in existing facilities.

The City of Ottawa collects EDCs, on behalf of the Board, at building permit stage on new residential and non-residential development. The current rates are $466 per residential dwelling unit and $0.34 per gross square foot on new non-residential development. The OCSB’s existing EDC by-Law will expire on March 31, 2019. In order to continue to fund the purchase of land required for growth-related new school sites through the collection of EDCs, the Board must implement a new by-law on or before this expiry date.

As part of this process, two public meetings will take place at the regular meeting of the Board on Tuesday February 12, 2019 at 7:30 pm. The purpose of the first meeting is to review the current EDC policies of the Board and to solicit public input. The purpose of the second public meeting is to consider the continued imposition of EDCs as set out in Section 257.63 of the Act, and to inform the public generally about the proposed new by-law and EDC Background Study.

Please note that the OCSB is scheduled to consider the adoption of the proposed successor by-law at a Board meeting on Tuesday March 26, 2019 at 7:30 pm. If approved, the new by-law would be implemented effective April 1, 2019 and the current rates, as mentioned above, would apply.


Capital priorities – building schools for our students

On May 26, 2016 the Ministry of Education requested Boards to provide business cases for proposed capital priorities (new schools and additions) that need to be open and operational for the 2019-2020 school year. As well, the Ministry introduced a new capital initiative for the creation of new child care spaces in schools, including internal renovations. In June 2016, the Board approved “Capital Plan Update-Recommended Priorities for 2019-2020.”

It has been an OCSB practice to produce a comprehensive multi-year Capital Plan every 5 years that provides school-by-school enrollment projections and analysis of all planning areas within the Board. The last comprehensive report, Capital Plan October 2013, was completed as part of the October 2013 prioritization process. The objective of the Capital Plan is to maintain throughout the Board’s jurisdiction sufficient schools in appropriate locations to serve the current and future educational facility requirements of our student population.

Energy conservation and management in our facilities

We have a highly successful Energy Management Plan in place, helping us reduce energy use and save money. In fact, we were named the top performing school board in Ontario for three consecutive years! Our efforts to reduce energy use have saved $31,548,388 in avoided costs to date.

Keeping our schools safe and clean

The Maintenance and Operations division of the Planning and Facilities Department provides a full complement of quality maintenance, operational and custodial functions. Over 92 facilities totaling over 5.5 million square feet of educational space are served. That’s over 550 acres of space!

Green Certified cleaning products are used in our schools and Board facilities, changing our school culture and reducing our carbon footprint. These products that work to sanitize students’ desks and clean hallway floors are developed using renewable resources that are non-toxic and biodegradable. They also have very low fragrance levels and are extremely mild to the skin. The OCSB introduced the cost-effective products to help promote a healthy work environment for staff and students, and address the many individual and systemic concerns related to chemical use in society.

Read more about Asbestos Containing Materials in School Board Buildings.

Contact Us

Planning and Facilities Department
Phone: 613-224-4455 ext 2322
Fax: 613-224-2353

Community Planning and Facility Partnerships

Our Community Planning and Facility Partnership policy guides our efforts to share our school facilities with outside community partners. This benefits students and the community, as well as optimizes the use of public assets owned by the OCSB. The Ministry of Education released guidelines to assist school boards in establishing facility partnerships in new and existing school facilities.

Bidding on OCSB Construction and Renovation Projects

The Government of Ontario’s “Broader Public Sector” (BPS) Procurement Directive (2011) applies to our construction and tendering practices. For projects over $100,000 in value, firms must be pre-qualified in order to bid. Firms who wish to apply for pre-qualification status may do so on an annual basis – for information, please email us at The current list of pre-qualified contractors, under seven broad construction sectors, are as follows:

The Board’s Procurement Procedures Manual and policy can be found in the Purchasing Department’s section.