The City of Toronto is constantly working to improve its complex network of underground pipes, sewers

and catch basins. Unfortunately, but these improvements are not enough to guarantee that basement flooding won’t happen.

Climate change results in more frequent, more severe storms and homeowners should do what they can to reduce the risks of basement flooding. The City’s Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program makes it easier for single-family, duplex or triplex residential home owners to implement preventative measures by means of a subsidy of up to $3200,00 per property for installing flood protection fixtures such as sump pumps, backwater valves, capping the home’s storm sewer connection, pipe severance, and more.

These are the subsidies available:

Backwater valves:  The subsidy equals 80% of the invoiced costs, up to a maximum of $1,250. Costs include the permit, materials, eligible labor, and taxes.

Sump pumps: The subsidy equals 80% of the invoiced costs, up to a maximum of  $1,750. Costs include the permit, materials, eligible labor, and taxes.

Backwater valve + sump pump: The subsidy equals 80% of the invoiced costs up to a maximum of $2,800. Costs include the permit, materials, eligible labor, and taxes.

Pipe severance and capping: The subsidy equals a maximum of $400 of the invoiced costs.

Back-water valve installation Subsidy program in Vaughan

The City of Vaughan will determine whether you are eligible for a subsidy, provided your property meets

all of the follow requirements:

– It must be registered within the City of Vaughan as a single-family residential, duplex or triplex property.

-The subsidy applies to existing homes only and not to new homes that are still in the planning stages or currently being built.

-All eaves trough downspouts should be properly disconnected from the City’s sewer system.

-The installation should be handled by a plumber who is currently licensed by the City of Toronto.

-The property owner must obtain a plumbing permit from the Building Standards Department and arrange for inspection.