Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program
With increasingly frequent severe weather events, it is essential that homeowners take appropriate action to reduce the risk of basement flooding.
The City offers owners of single-family, duplex and triplex residential homes a subsidy of up to $3,400 per property to install flood protection devices. Eligible work includes: Installation of a backwater valve.
Installation of a sump pump.
Severance and capping of a home’s storm sewer or external weeping tile connection.
Disconnecting the downspouts from your property’s eavestrough system is not eligible for a subsidy.
Installation or replacement of backwater valve.
Installation of alarm for backwater valve.
The available subsidy is 80 per cent of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $1,250 regardless of the number of devices installed at the property, including eligible labour, materials, permit and taxes.
A Building Permit is required to install a backwater valve. The valve must pass inspection by the City of Toronto building inspector, in order to be eligible for the subsidy.
You must also consent at the time of the building inspection or at the request of the City:
To provide City access to the backwater valve to verify that installation has been completed in accordance with the requirements and conditions of the Program.
To the City taking photographs, video and digital images of backwater valves.
See what backwater valves look like and how they work.
Installation or replacement of sump pump.
Installation of alarm for sump pump.
Installation of back-up power for sump pump.
The available subsidy is 80 per cent of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $1,750 regardless of the number of devices installed at the property, including eligible labour, materials, permit and taxes.
Note: Be sure to maintain basement flooding protection devices according to manufacturer instructions. Keeping these devices in good working order is an important step in protecting your home against basement flooding. See what sump pumps look like and how and they work.
Foundation drain (weeping tile) pipe severance and capping
Disconnection of foundation drains (weeping tiles) from the City’s sewer system by severing and capping the underground sewer connection.
The available subsidy is 80 per cent of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $400 including eligible labour, materials and taxes.
You must be the registered owner of a single-family residential, duplex or triplex property within the City of Toronto.
The property must not have exceeded the lifetime maximum subsidy amount for each eligible installation.
The subsidy is available only to existing homes, not homes in the planning stages or under construction The downspouts from the property’s eavestrough must be disconnected from the City’s sewer system or you must have applied to the City for an exemption.
All front yard paved areas of the property, including parking pads, must comply with the City’s Zoning By-law requirements.
You must submit your application within one year of completion of the installation of the flood protection device.
Your contractor(s) and any sub-contractor(s) who performed the installation of flood prevention device(s) must possess a valid license from the City of Toronto for the installation work, at the time of installation.
Original invoices from the licensed contractor(s) and any sub-contractor(s) who performed the installation of the flood prevention device(s) must be provided with your application.
You must not have any outstanding taxes or debts owed to the City of Toronto at the time your application is processed.
Submitting an application does not guarantee a subsidy. Subsidies are issued on a “first-come, first-serve” basis, and are subject to annual funding approved by City Council.