WHEREAS, provincial underfunding for the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) has often exceeded $109 million;
WHEREAS, the budgetary constraints on the TDSB has resulted in a growing backlog of facilities’ maintenance and repair of over $3 billion;
WHEREAS, Education Development Charges (EDCs) are fees from developers of new residential units and used by school boards to fund growth-related education land costs;
WHEREAS, the requirements of current legislation does not allow the TDSB to collect Education Development Charges while the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) can, and EDC revenues may only be used for the purchase and upgrading of new land;
WHEREAS, the TDSB urgently needs more funds to finance infrastructure requirements to accommodate new growth and the use of schools as community hubs;
WHEREAS, the TDSB could generate at least $300 million in EDC revenues to support essential school infrastructure needs and support our students;
WE, the undersigned, petition the Legislative Assembly of Ontario as follows:
That the members of the Legislative Assembly amend Provincial legislation to allow the Toronto District School Board (TDSB) to access Education Development Charges revenues and to enable the TDSB to apply EDC funds to school capital and site-related costs.