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Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program


Report flooding to Halton Region

Updated: July 22, 2024 at 12:30 p.m.

Before you clean up your home:

  1. Call Halton Region at 311 (24 hours a day, 7 days a week) or email, regardless of the source. Halton Region Public Works staff are working as quickly as possible to review the property history, discuss the situation with the property owner, and continue follow-up as required. All inquiries will be processed.
  2. Contact your insurance provider to report damage and take pictures.

When cleaning up after flooding:

  • Wear proper protective equipment and clothing when removing water and handling items damaged during the flood.
  • Mould can grow on wet surfaces in as little as 48 hours. If you notice mould growth anywhere in your home after the flood, remove the source of moisture and clean the affected area.

Resources for flood recovery and prevention

Download print-ready resources on safe clean up, our ex-gratia grant, and basement flooding subsidies. Share them with your neighbours and community!

Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program

Flooding can happen when you least expect it. Halton Region has invested millions of dollars in optimizing the wastewater sewer system throughout the region. These improvements help ensure that the Region’s wastewater sewer system is more resilient to impacts of climate change, including more frequent and severe localized wet weather.

Our Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program makes it easier and more affordable for residents to undertake home improvements that can help reduce the risk flooding. Find out what subsidies are available:

Note: In order to qualify for the weeping tile disconnection & sump pump installation subsidy, you must use a contractor included on Halton’s list of Approved Contractors. For downspout disconnection, backwater valve installation, or sewer lateral lining or repair subsidies, you may use a contractor of your own choosing. To find contractors who may provide services required for these additional subsidies, try searching online under wording such as downspout, backwater valve or sewer repair contractors.

Learn more about the program and our subsidies

Downspout and weeping tile connections

The graphics below show the correct and incorrection connections for downspouts and weeping tiles.

Animation illustrating proper basement flooding prevention.
Animation illustrating improper basement flooding prevention.

Flood prevention tips

  • Ensure your yard slopes away from your house, not towards it.
  • Ensure that eavestroughs (gutters) and downspouts are clear and drain properly.
  • Keep floor drains inside your home clear.
  • Ensure window wells are free of debris.
  • Install weather protection sealant around basement windows and the base of ground-level doors.
  • Assemble an emergency kit - flooding can happen when you least expect it.