2019 Development Charge Background Study and By-law Information

The City of Hamilton imposes Development Charges (DCs) under the provisions of the Development Charges Act, 1997, as amended. The DC Act requires that a background study be undertaken to calculate the DC no less than every 5 years.

The existing DC By-law 14-153 expires on July 5, 2019.

Development Charges Background Study – Addendum May 2019

An addendum to the DC Background Study has been prepared; please see the below Information Update for more details.

Development Charges Background Study

As of March 13, 2019, the City is pleased to release the 2019 Development Charges Background Study.

Interested persons may express comments or enquiries to staff to DCBackgroundStudy@hamilton.ca.

In addition, the City will be holding a Public Meeting on April 18, 2019 commencing at 9:30 am and 7 pm. Interested persons may express their comments at the Public Meeting or in writing, addressed to:
Angela McRae, Legislative Coordinator, Audit, Finance & Administration Committee
City Clerk’s Office
71 Main Street West, 1st Floor
Hamilton, Ontario, L8P 4Y5

or by email to Angela.McRae@hamilton.ca, prior to 12 noon on April 17, 2019. Written submissions will become part of the public record.

Policy Information

Historically, Hamilton’s DC has been calculated on a City Wide basis. As approved through Report FCS18034 (Appendix A), staff has been directed to utilize an area specific approach (combined system vs separated system) for the Stormwater component for the 2019 DC Background Study.

Council has provided direction on the DC Exemption Policy included in the Proposed DC By-law attached to the 2019 Hamilton DC Background Study as Appendix K. A summary of the direction is included in the DC 19-002 minutes of the February 19, 2019 DC Stakeholders Subcommittee (see link in the Schedule section of the webpage).


Theses DC Stakeholders Subcommittee meetings have been held/scheduled:

  • March 1, 2018
  • June 14, 2018
  • July 5, 2018 - CANCELLED
  • August 2, 2018 - CANCELLED
  • September 13, 2018
  • January 28, 2019
  • February 19, 2019

Access all DC Stakeholders Subcommittee meetings and all presentation material.

Contact us

For questions or inquiries related to the 2019 Development Charges Study, contact us at DCBackgroundStudy@hamilton.ca.