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Development Charges

Many municipalities in Ontario use development charges to ensure that the capital cost of providing services to new development is borne by the development receiving the benefit.

At its meeting of November 23, 2015 (Report 2015-80-PU), City Council approved to retain Watson and Associates to undertake a Development Charges Background Study to be completed for the City of Cornwall in accordance with the Development Charges Act, 1997.

Over the last year, Administration has worked with Watson and Associates to pull together the information required to complete the report. All City departments have been consulted in the compilation of the study.

At its meeting of June 12, 2017, City Council received the report from Watson and Associates and directed Administration to proceed with the next steps as legislated through the Development Charges Act, 1997.


Background Study

The Background Study on development charges has been completed by Watson and Associates and is now available for review.

Click here to access the Background Study


Meeting Notice 



On Monday, March 5, 2018, the Council of the Corporation of the City of Cornwall will hold a public meeting, pursuant to Section 12 of the Development Charges Act, 1997, as amended, to present and obtain public input on the Municipality’s proposed development charges by-law and underlying study.

All interested parties are invited to attend the Public Meeting of Council and any person who attends the meeting may make a representations relating to the proposed by-laws and background study. The meeting is to be held:

Monday, March 5, 2018

7:00pm (EST)

The Council Chambers

360 Pitt Street, Cornwall, ON K6J 3P9

In order that sufficient information is made available to the public, the D.C. Background Study was made available online at the City’s website ( on December 24, 2017. Copies if the proposed by-laws and the background study were also made available as of January 3, 2018 from the City Clerk (613-930-2787 ext. 2316) and Deputy Clerk (613-930-2787 ext. 2219) at the above location.

Interested persons may express their comments at the Public Meeting or in writing, addressed to the City Clerk, at the above address prior to Friday, February 23, 2018 and such written submission will be placed before Council for the meeting.

Have your say!

We would like to hear from you on the subject of development charges. If you wish to submit written comments on this matter, please forward them to Tracey Bailey

By mail:

Department of Financial Services
100 Water Street East, PO Box 877
Cornwall, Ontario
K6H 5T9

Or by email: Click here

Please note that in order to be considered during the preparation of the final report, your written comments must be received no later than Friday, August 11, 2017.  All submissions received become part of a public record.


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