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February 19, 2021
Council this Week: Highlights from the Feb 24 County Council agenda

Development charges update, annual drinking water system reports, 10-Year Shelter Plan update and more

Download the full agenda for February 24, 2021
Watch live online on February 24 at 7:00 p.m.

Development charges study and update

A public meeting will be held as part of the February 24 County Council meeting to allow comments on the County’s updated development charges. Development charges are the fees paid by new development to help finance municipal infrastructure and services in residential, commercial and industrial areas. The County has been seeking community feedback since January 22 on the changes, which respond to recent revisions to provincial legislation. The changes include exemptions for housing intensification; installment payment options for rental housing, institutional and non-profit housing; and an increase in development charges for “soft services” (i.e., library, land ambulance, waste diversion and growth-related studies).

Read CS 2021-10 – Development Charges Study and Update – 2021

Annual drinking water system reports

County Council receives the 2020 Annual Water System Performance Summary reports next Council meeting. The reports show that the County treated and supplied 10.7 million cubic metres of drinking water to 21 communities through 17 drinking water systems last year.At the time of the Council report, eight of the County’s 12 municipal water systems have been annually inspected by the Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks (MECP) and received inspection ratings of 100 per cent (8 systems), 98 per cent (1 system), 96 per cent (2 systems), and 95 per cent (1 system). Inspections for the remaining five water systems have not yet been finalized by the MECP.

Through continued municipal water regulatory compliance, quality management systems and continuous improvement initiatives, Oxford County continues to provide a safe, reliable and sustainable supply of municipal drinking water for its residents and businesses.

Annual water system summary reports are a requirement under Ontario’s Safe Drinking Water Act. The 2020 reports will be posted to the County website by February 28 at

Read PW 2021-04 – 2020 Drinking Water System Performance | Attachment: Reports

Shelter Plan update

The County’s annual update on the 10-Year Shelter Plan comes forward at the February 24 Council meeting. The plan, a requirement for municipalities under the Housing Services Act, reports that in 2020:

  • 75 additional households received a rent subsidy;
  • 152 affordable housing units in various stages of completion are being added to the County’s supply; and
  • 4 households received financial assistance to purchase their first home.

Although the County has met its new housing target for 2020, the report emphasizes the profound impacts of the local housing crisis, in which people’s inability to find affordable, appropriate and stable housing compromises employment, food security, social and educational opportunities, and health.

Read HS 2021-05 – 2020 Annual Progress Report - 10 Year Shelter Plan | Attachment 1 | Attachment 2 | Attachment 3

Other reports and presentations

  • Public meeting and presentation: County of Oxford's 2021 Development Charges - Watson & Associates Economists
  • CS 2021-11 – Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ Municipal Asset Management Program Grant Submission

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