Municipal Subsidies available for backwater valves and sump pump devices!

"Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program"


What financial support will the City of Toronto, ON provide through the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program?


  • Available Subsidies: The City offers a Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy of up to $3,400 per property. The City of Toronto, ON offers a subsidy of up to 80% of the invoiced cost, up to a maximum of $1,250 to help offset the cost of installing a backwater valve and up to 80% of the invoiced cost to a maximum of $1750 for the installation of a sump pump. Learn more about backwater valves and sump pumps under the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program.  

Includes all cities within Toronto: Scarborough, North York, York, and Etobicoke.

Source: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/managing-rain-melted-snow/basement-flooding/basement-flooding-protection-subsidy-program/



The purpose of installing a Backwater Valve/Backflow Device:


Among other reasons that cause flooding issues, one of the more common problems that causes basement flooding is when the water backs up through the city sewer system. This back up of water can either be caused from storm sewers or a combination of sanitary and storm sewers. Regardless, no Homeowner wants this hazardous and toxic waste water to be flooding into their residence and destroying their home. In general, water damage can be a costly fix however, water damage from these types of sewage floods can be extremely hazardous and be a very damaging and expensive fix. 



A common question that is asked is "how can you stop this from occurring?" 


You can help prevent this type of event from occurring by installing a backwater valve. The backwater valve will allow water to drain from your home accordingly and its purpose is to stop any water that attempts to backup from the city sewer system into the drain that is connected to a Homeowners residence. This is done by the backwater valve design. The backwater valve is designed to close the sewer line during periods of heavy rain fall to prevent water from entering a Homeowners residence. It is recommended that when the backwater valve is closed, the Homeowner should not use any of their plumbing fixtures such as their sinks, toilets, washing machine and dishwasher because water will not drain properly and will backup into their home.



Please review the information listed below to verify the eligibility requirements. (One of Canadian Sanitary Systems Sanitary Advisors can assist in inquiring with the City of Toronto to confirm your eligibility for this subsidy program). 


Backwater Valves/Backflow Devices should be installed by an experienced licensed plumber. The installation of a backwater valve requires a building permit. Canadian Sanitary Systems will obtain the permit that is required.  The valve must also 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 valve(s).


The backwater valve also needs to be maintained and regularly inspected according to product specifications. Installing an alarm that will alert the Homeowner when the backwater valve is activated is recommended as it is another safety precaution to take to help prevent the unwanted backup of sewage water wastes from flooding the basement and entering the Homeowners home.


Source: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/managing-rain-melted-snow/basement-flooding/basement-flooding-protection-subsidy-program/



What financial support will the City of Toronto, ON provide for Sump Pumps?


The City of Toronto, ON offers a subsidy of up to 80% of the invoiced cost, up to a maximum of $1,750, to help offset the cost of installing a sump pump. Learn more under the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program.



The purpose of installing a Sump Pump Device:


Homeowners will install a properly-sized sump pump to help pump water collected by the weeping tile system to an area outside. During the installation, it is important to make sure the sump pump empties onto a permeable surface at least 2 meters from the foundation wall. Sump pumps can lose power during severe storms, so Homeowners may wish to consider a battery back-up. Sump Pumps also need to be inspected and maintained according to product specifications to ensure optimal performance. After the installation of a Sump Pump, it is best to have a City inspector inspect the workmanship.


Source: https://www.toronto.ca/services-payments/water-environment/managing-rain-melted-snow/basement-flooding/how-to-prevent-basement-flooding/?accordion=backwater-valves



CANADIAN SANITARY SYSTEMS - Providing a more safe and sanitary environment for both Homeowners and Businesses.


Canadian Sanitary Systems is committed to applying customer satisfaction, legal compliance and a forecast that is in the best interest for sustainable business to client relations. We ensure that the National Plumbing Code requirements are met and that the Sewage and Building Code regulations are followed.


As a premier company dedicated to providing premier customer service, it is important to us to deliver unparalleled workmanship on every installation which is why we only hire top quality Plumbing professionals who have been experts in the industry for many years.​ 


CANADIAN SANITARY SYSTEMS is here to help keep your residence or business safe and sanitary. We will ensure that residential Homeowners will receive the maximum grant that you are entitled to receive. We offer a range of payment methods for our services to meet your financial needs and to ensure durable and cost effective workmanship.

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THE PURPOSE OF THE BACKWATER VALVE

This short video will inform you of the purpose of the Backwater Valve.


Source: ICLRinfo  Published on 22 May 2012