To assist homeowners, the City offers owners of single-family, duplex and triplex residential homes a financial subsidy of up to $3,200 per property to install flood protection devices including a backwater valve, a sump pump, and pipe severance and capping of the home's storm sewer or external weeping tile connection.
Work that is eligible:
Each property owner is required to have a Plumbing Contractor, licenced by the city of Toronto, carry out a site assessment to determine the suitability of isolating their property from the City's sewer system. Contact Municipal Licensing & Standards at 416-392-6700 to verify that your contractor has the appropriate City of Toronto plumbing licenses. The following items and works are eligible for a subsidy after proper installation:
A: Backwater valve
In consultation with a Plumbing Contractor or Drain Contractor licensed by the City of Toronto, homeowners may determine that a backwater valve on the sanitary sewage and/or stormwater connection could provide sufficient basement flooding protection.
Available subsidy = 80% of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $1,250 including eligible labour, materials, permit and taxes.
B: Sump pump
In consultation with a Plumber Contractor and/or a Building Renovator with an endorsement for concrete work licensed by the City of Toronto, homeowners may determine that a sump pump is required to manage the water normally collected by footing weeping tiles that drain to the sanitary, storm or combined sewer. Sump pumps need power to operate, so consider installing a back-up power source.
Available subsidy = 80% of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $1,750 including labour, materials and taxes.
C: Backwater valve + sump pump
Homeowners may determine that both a backwater valve and a sump pump are required (see details in previous section A and B). Available subsidy = 80% of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $2,800 including eligible labour, materials, permit and taxes.
Backwater valves and sump pumps need to be inspected and maintained to ensure optimal performance.
D: Pipe severance and capping
In consultation with a Plumber Contractor or Drain Contractor licensed by the City of Toronto, homeowners may determine that disconnecting foundation drains (weeping tiles) from the City's sewer system by severing and capping the underground storm sewer connection pipe is also required to protect the home from basement flooding.
Available subsidy = 80% of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $400 including eligible labour, materials and taxes.
When you are applying for more than one item under the subsidy program, you cannot apply any unused funds from one item to another.
Eligibility requirements and information: The City of Toronto will determine the eligibility of properties that meet the requirements listed below:
- The property must be registered as a single-family residential, duplex or triplex property within the City of Toronto.
- The subsidy is available only to existing homes, not homes in the planning stages or currently under construction.
- The property must have its eavestrough downspouts properly disconnected from the City sewer system, where possible.
- A Plumbing Contractor or Drain Contractor currently licensed by the City of Toronto, must be hired to install a backwater valve and/or perform severance and capping.
- A Plumber Contractor and/or a Building Renovator currently licensed by the City of Toronto must be hired to install a sump pump.
- A building permit and an approved inspection must be obtained for backwater valve installations.
- For properties with a parking pad instead of a driveway, all front yard paved areas must comply with the City's Zoning By-law requirements.
- All installations must be completed before the applicant applies for the subsidy.
- Invoice(s) must show a cost breakdown of all charges, the total amount paid and be clearly marked as "paid in full".
- The property owner or authorized legal representative must sign and date the application form.
- All documents must be originals. No photocopies will be accepted.
- Applications and supporting documentation must be received by the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program office within one year of the date of completion of the work, as listed on your original invoice(s).
- Subsidies for eligible work are subject to available funding and provided on a first-come, first-served basis.
- Subsidies are provided one time only for each eligible installation, per property, and on a no-fault basis