Toronto Basement Flooding Subsidy Program

backwater valve and sump pump installation

Backwater valve, or backflow valve installed on a drain lateral usually inside of the house. It prevents sewage from flowing back into the house during severe weather conditions.
With an increasing number of storms and torrential rains hitting the cities in Canada each year, basement flooding has become a major concern for many homeowners. To attend to this problem, the City of Toronto has come up with a plan to help these homeowners protect their basements from overflowing.

Toronto Basement Flooding Subsidy Program

The Toronto Basement Flooding Subsidy Program has been introduced by the city to help people take measures to prevent basement flooding. Under this program, owners of single-family, duplex, and triplex residential homes are offered a subsidy of up to $3,400 per property to install flood protection devices in their basements. These include

  • Backwater valve installation
  • Sump pump installation
  • Severance and capping of a home's storm sewer or external weeping tile connection.

You can contact any professional emergency drain repair service for these installations.


Sump Pump & Sump Pit
Sump Pumps were introduced after building code changed to disconnect weeping tiles from city storm drains, and sump pump supposes to collect excessive rainwater near the house foundation. Sump pump does not help in improving drainage around the house foundation. It acts as a last resort if the basement starts to get flooded.
Who is eligible?

Although the problem of basement flooding is common to most homes, the authorities have set some limitations on who can avail the benefits of the Toronto Basement Flooding Subsidy Program.

To be eligible for the subsidy, the following conditions must be met:

You have to be a registered owner of any of the three types of properties mentioned above – single-family, duplex, or triplex residential homes.

The subsidy is not available for homes that are still under construction or in the planning stage.

The professional drain repair service that you choose for the work must be licensed by the City of Toronto for the specific kind of work they will do.

You must not have any debts or taxes overdue with the City of Toronto.

Do-it-yourself installations are not eligible for subsidy and installation must only be done by a licensed professional drain repair service. Authorized to carry out a full drain replacement, trenchless pipe repair, emergency drain repair, emergency drain cleaning, etc.

The downspouts from your property's eaves trough 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 your property, including parking pads, must comply with the City's Zoning By-law requirements.

The application for subsidy must be submitted within one year of completion of the installation of the flood protection device.

Original invoices from the licensed drain repair service who performed the installation of the flood prevention devices must be submitted with your application.

Lastly, just furnishing the application does not guarantee a subsidy. The subsidies will be provided on a first-come-first-serve basis, subject to annual funding approved by City Council

If you fulfil all of these criteria, you can definitely think of installing the system at your property. But make sure that you offer the contract for the installation only to a licensed sewer or drain repair service to be eligible for the subsidy.