Basement Flooding

Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program

Help protect yourself against basement flooding
Selecting a contractor
Work that is eligible
Subsidy conditions
How to apply for a subsidy
Download the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program application form

 

Help protect yourself against basement flooding

Basements can flood for many reasons.

While the City of Toronto is working to make improvements to its complex system of underground pipes, sewers and catchbasins, these improvements alone cannot completely protect a home from basement flooding.

With the increasingly frequent and severe weather, it is essential that homeowners take the appropriate action to reduce the risk of basement flooding on their own private property.

To assist, the City offers owners of single-family, duplex and triplex residential homes a financial subsidy of up to $3,400 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.

 

Selecting a contractor

Before work starts, verify that your contractor has a valid City of Toronto business license by contacting Municipal Licensing & Standards (MLS) at 416-392-6700 or checking online at toronto.ca/mls.

If your contractor does not have a valid City of Toronto license, you will be denied funding for the work completed.

Different types of contractors are licensed to perform different types of eligible work:

Contractor License

Backwater Valve

Sump Pump

Pipe Severance and Capping

Plumbing Contractor (T94)

x

x

x

Plumbing and Heating Contractor (T92)

x

x

x

Drain Contractor (T87)

x

x

x

Building Renovator (T85)

 

x

x

Please review the Subsidy Conditions. Your application must meet all Subsidy Conditions to be eligible.

Homeowners are strongly encouraged to conduct due-diligence before hiring a contractor. It is recommended you obtain a minimum of two quotes as well as references before hiring a City of Toronto licensed contractor.

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Work that is eligible

A: Backwater valve

Eligible work:

  • Installation of backwater valve
  • Replacement of existing backwater valve
  • Installation of alarm for backwater valve

Available subsidy = 80% 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.

B: Sump pump

Eligible work:

  • Installation of sump pump
  • Replacement of existing sump pump
  • Installation of alarm for sump pump
  • Installation of back-up power for sump pump

Available subsidy = 80% 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.

C: Foundation drain (weeping tile) pipe severance and capping

Eligible work:

  • Disconnection of foundation drains (weeping tiles) from the City’s sewer system by severing and capping the underground sewer connection

Available subsidy = 80% of the invoiced cost up to a maximum of $400 including eligible labour, materials and taxes.

Disconnecting the downspouts from your property’s eavestrough system is not eligible for a subsidy under this program.

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Subsidy conditions

  1. The property must not have exceeded the life-time maximum subsidy amount for each eligible installation.
  2. To be eligible for the subsidy:
  • You must be the registered owner of 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 downspouts from your property’s eavestrough must be disconnected from the sewer system unless you have received an exemption from the City of Toronto.
  • If the property has a paved front yard parking area (“parking pad”), it must comply with the City’s Zoning By-law requirements.
  • You must submit your application within one year of completion of work as indicated on your invoice.
  • A permit must be obtained and inspection passed by a City of Toronto building inspector for a backwater valve.
  • Your contractor must possess a valid City of Toronto business license for the eligible work.
  • Original invoices must be provided.
  • You must not have outstanding taxes or debts owed to the City of Toronto at the time your application is processed.

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How to apply for a subsidy

For Backwater valve installation, proceed to Step 1

For all other eligible subsidies proceed to Step 3.

Download the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program application form

1. Obtain a permit from the City of Toronto Building Division.

Permits can be obtained at the following locations:

Toronto City Hall
100 Queen Street West
416-392-7539
Wards: 14, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32

North York District
North York Civic Centre
5100 Yonge Street
416-395-7000
Wards: 8, 9, 10, 15, 16, 23, 24, 25, 26, 33, 34

Etobicoke York District
2 Civic Centre Court
416-394-8002
Wards: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 11, 12, 13, 17

Scarborough District
Scarborough Civic Centre
150 Borough Drive
416-396-7322
Wards: 35, 36, 37, 38, 39, 40, 41, 42, 43, 44

2. Request an inspection for the completed installation.   

Backwater valve installations require an inspection by Toronto Building division. Please be sure to schedule an inspection before enclosing or covering the work. This will ensure the inspector is able to confirm whether the installation meets the applicable Building Code requirements.

3. Complete the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program application form.

Download the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program application form

4. Include original invoice(s).

Include original invoice(s) with your application. Invoice(s) must show an itemized cost breakdown of all work applicable to this subsidy and the invoice must be clearly marked “paid in full”. If your contractor uses a licensed sub-contractor, please also include original invoices from the sub-contractor.

5. Mail the completed application form with the required documentation to:

Basement Flooding Protection
Subsidy Program
City of Toronto
PO Box 15266 STN B RM B
Toronto, ON M7Y 2W1

Application Summary:

City staff will review your application and determine whether you are eligible for a subsidy. If your application is incomplete or you have not included the proper documentation, it will not be processed and all documents will be returned to you. If your application is denied, you will be notified by mail.

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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.