Other Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidies
Downspouts are the pipes connected to your eavestroughs that collect water from your roof and direct it to the ground or to a drain below ground.
Why is it important to disconnect downspouts?
Downspouts that discharge into the ground and empty into the wastewater system (sanitary sewer) can directly contribute to basement flooding by overloading the wastewater system with rain water during heavy rainfall.
It is important to ensure all downspouts discharge overland, a suitable distance from the house foundation. Disconnecting downspouts can significantly reduce the amount of rainwater that gets into the sewer system, which will reduce the risk of sewer backup and basement flooding.
A downspout that is attached to your house and enters into the ground.
A downspout that is attached to your house and discharges to the lawn or other permeable surfaces at a suitable distance away from the outside wall.
Halton Region’s Downspout Disconnection Subsidy covers 100% of costs incurred for materials and invoiced contractor labour charged to disconnect downspouts, up to a maximum of $500.
- This is a one-time subsidy per property.
- The residence where the work is undertaken must be located in Halton Region.
- The residence where the work is undertaken must have municipal wastewater services (not on a septic system).
- All work must have been completed after July 1, 2016.
- Please review the full Terms and Conditions in the subsidy application form before beginning work to disconnect your downspouts.
- Before and after photos of the downspouts pre and post disconnection.
- A sketch that marks the approximate location around your home of each disconnected downspout. An example sketch is shown on page 4 on the application form.
- Number of downspouts that have been disconnected as part of this application, and number of downspouts, if any, that remain connected.
- Itemized invoice showing paid in full, specifically listing any materials and labour (if performed by a contractor*), and identifying specifics of each component of repair/work. This is especially important if you are applying for more than one subsidy.
- *If the work is completed by the homeowner and not a paid contractor, include receipts for materials only.
If the work is performed by the homeowner, labour and travel costs incurred by the homeowner are not included in the downspout disconnection subsidy.
- Details of work completed.
- Itemized specific costs to determine eligible costs, such as CCTV videos, inspections and specifics about repair/installation (examples: spot repair, backwater valve installation and building permit).
- Shows that the invoice is paid in full.
View example invoice
Apply to the program
- Download the Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program application form (PDF file) and the Enhanced Basement Flooding Prevention Subsidy Program waiver form (PDF file) .
- Submit completed Application Form and Waiver along with the required documentation, electronically. Ensure submission completeness by following the Check List included on page 3 of the Application Form. Errors or omissions will delay approval of the subsidy.
- Scan and email your completed submission to email@example.com
- Upload larger files, such as CCTV video, to our online Dropbox platform here: http://2big4email.halton.ca/en/uploadfiles.aspx
Additional options for subsidy submission include the following:
For assistance with using Dropbox
Please see Dropbox instructions and example below:
- Where Dropbox requests “Your Email”:
- Insert Applicant’s email address
- Where Dropbox requests “Subject”:
- Insert Applicant’s last name, followed by address
- Where Dropbox requests “Message”:
- Insert brief description of each file you are attaching such as "Invoice"
- Where Dropbox requests “Password”:
- This is not a required field. If you do create and include a password for your Dropbox account, please email the password to firstname.lastname@example.org to allow staff to view and process your submission. Without the password, staff cannot view your Dropbox files.
- Where Dropbox requests “Expire Date”:
- This is not a required field. If you add an expiry date, it will prevent Halton staff from seeing the file past the expiry date.
- Where Dropbox requests Recipient “Email”, please insert the following email address: email@example.com
See Dropbox online form example below:
- Mail to:
Halton Region Public Works
c/o Systems & Outreach Administrator
Woodlands Operations Centre
1179 Bronte Road, Oakville, ON L6M 4G3
- Drop off in person:
Place submission in the grey mail box located to the right of the sliding doors at the front entrance to Halton Regional Centre, located at 1151 Bronte Road, Oakville
Woodlands Operations Centre is currently closed to the public.