Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program

What is the Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program?

The program provides subsidies to encourage homeowners to take action to help protect their homes and their neighbours’ homes against basement flooding.

Halton Region has been working to reduce the risk of basement flooding within the region. Through Staff Report PW-18-16, Regional Council approved the enhancement of the region-wide Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program. The Region will subsidize changes to your property that will help protect against flooding. These changes will prevent rain water and groundwater from entering the wastewater system, which will reduce the risk of basement flooding.

There are four subsidy programs being offered:

  • Downspout Disconnection Subsidy
    This subsidy covers 100 per cent of eligible costs associated with the disconnection of downspouts from the sewer systems, up to a maximum $500.
  • Weeping Tile Disconnection & Sump Pump Installation Subsidy
    This subsidy covers 100 per cent of eligible costs, including permit fees, up to a maximum of $5,000.
  • Backwater Valve Installation Subsidy
    This subsidy pays the homeowner 50 per cent of the eligible costs, including permit fees, up to a maximum of $675.
  • Sanitary Lateral Lining and Repair Subsidy
    This subsidy pays the homeowner 50 per cent of the eligible costs, including permit fees, up to a maximum of $2,000.
Work Completed Details Previous Subsidy New Subsidy
Downspout Disconnection Work completed by homeowner or contractor hired by homeowner 50 per cent up to max of $250 100 per cent up to a maximum of $500
Weeping Tile Disconnection & Installation of Sump Pump Work arranged by homeowner. Weeping Tiles are disconnected from the wastewater system and all downspouts have been disconnected, where possible. 50 per cent up to max of $1,800 100 per cent up to a maximum of $5000
* must use a contractor on the Authorized Contractors List
Sanitary Lateral Lining and Repair Work arranged by homeowner. Lateral is in substandard condition N/A 50 per cent up to a maximum of $2000
Installation of Backwater Valve Work arranged by homeowner. Requires proof that weeping tiles are disconnected. 50 per cent up to max of $675 50 per cent up to max of $675

How to apply for the Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Programs

  1. Download, or pick up an application (PDF file) and read the terms and conditions (PDF file) thoroughly.
  2. Hire a qualified contractor or complete the work yourself. Please note that the disconnection of weeping tiles and sump pump installations must be completed by a contractor found under Halton’s List of Authorized Contractors (PDF file).
  3. Apply yourself, or have your contractor apply to your local municipality for a permit to conduct work, if required.
  4. Once the work is completed, arrange for an inspection and obtain documentation from your local municipality ensuring the work meets the Ontario Building Code standards. Please provide a before and after picture of your downspout disconnections, as inspectors are not required for downspouts.
  5. Submit a completed application package and include the following documentation
    • Completed Halton Region application form
    • Signed and initialed Halton Region waiver form
    • Invoices of work completed and/or receipt(s) for materials from contractors and homeowners
    • Copy of a Permit from your local municipality
    • Confirmation of inspection completion from local municipality, if required.

Work must be completed and paid in full prior to applying for the subsidy. Please mail or drop off your completed application form, required documentation and a signed waiver to the following location:

    The Regional Municipality of Halton
    Public Works, Wastewater Services
    c/o Systems & Outreach Administrator
    Woodlands Operation Centre
    1179 Bronte Road, Oakville ON, L6M 4G3

You can also print, sign and scan the application form and waiver and send them to BasementFloodingSubsidy@halton.ca.