Basement Flooding Prevention Grant Program 

On Thursday March 1st, a Basement Flooding Prevention Grant program will be available to qualifying residents. This pilot program will provide financial assistance to homeowners living in the North-East Flood Remediation Study Area of the City who undertake works that reduce the risk of basement flooding. Residents can apply online beginning on March 1st, 2018.

Grant Application Process & Checklist

Basement Flooding Prevention Online Grant Application Form

Public Information Centre

A Public Information Centre was held for residents living in the north-east of Brantford who were interested in learning more about the Basement Flooding Prevention (Pilot) Grant Program that was approved by Council on January 30th.  Eligible residents learned how they could benefit from up to $2,000 in subsidies to help offset costs of undertaking eligible works that help prevent basement flooding. Grants can be applied for online beginning on March 1st on a first-come, first-served basis. For more information, please call the City at 519-759-4150, email questions to floodprevention@brantford.ca.

WHO: Homeowners living within the North-East Flood Remediation Study Area
WHEN: Monday February 26, 5:00 PM - 8:00 PM
WHERE: Branlyn Community Centre Meeting Room, 238 Brantwood Park Road

Click to open map of the applicable North-East Flood Remediation Study Area.

Click to open City Council Meeting Report approved January 30, 2018.

Program Eligibility

To qualify for the program, eligible homeowners must:

  • Be the owner(s) of the residential property in the North-east flood remediation study area.
  • Reside in the home (either single family, duplex, triplex home).
  • Have not commenced eligible works prior to grant program approval.*
  • Have current and paid property taxes at the time of application for the grant.
  • House must not still under a new construction warranty.
  • You have not received a subsidy from the City of Brantford through previous basement flooding remediation programs, (2010 grant program). 

* Only homeowners who applied for the Residential Compassionate Flood Grant Program are eligible to apply under this Grant Program for eligible works completed after August 11, 2017 and prior to approval of THIS grant program.

Eligible Works and Grant Amounts

The maximum allowable grant per household is $2,000. The grant amount per eligible remedial works is 80% of the cost to a maximum amount per eligible works in accordance with the following:

  1. Basement Flooding Risk Assessment - $250
    Applicants can pay for a professional evaluation of potential sources of water entry into the home and a customized report listing top ranked actions to reduce risks of basement flooding. A copy of the report findings and/or CCTV video evidence must be submitted. Only one quote is required for this item. This can be applied for in conjunction with or prior to making a second application for other eligible works to be undertaken.
  2. Disconnection of downspouts with capping of sewer access - $200
    Where downspouts are found connected to sewer, disconnection is a mandatory requirement to be eligible for any further grant amounts under this program.Disconnections must meet Property Standards Bylaw 465.22.4 Downpipes – Sump pump lines – Prevent – Nuisance. Downpipes and sump pump discharge lines shall be designed, provided and maintained so as to discharge water run-off away from the building and to prevent flooding, erosion and other nuisance to neighboring properties.  “Before” pictures showing the condition before undertaking the work and sketch of proposed work must be submitted with application. “After” pictures showing the completed work must be submitted along with paid invoice following disconnection.
  3. Disconnection of weeping tiles from sewer and reconnection to sump pump discharging to a permeable outside surface with backup power - $1,800
    Sump pump discharges to surface must not create nuisance drainage issues for neighbouring properties in accordance with Property Standards Bylaw 465.22.4 reference above. A Plumbing Permit is required however the fee will be waived. Please show the executed basement flooding grant agreement between the City and Property Owner to the Building Department to get the Plumbing Permit fee waived.
  4. Installation of a Backwater Valve - $1,200
    Backwater valves must meet the Ontario Building Code and may be installed on either the storm sewer or sanitary sewer, or both. A Plumbing Permit is required however the fee will be waived.
  5. Other remedial works, describe – Up to $2,000
    Recommended works by contractor that address a flooding issue not specified in this list of eligible works may be considered for grant eligibility on a case-by-case basis during the pilot testing phase of this program at the discretion of the General Manager for possible inclusion in future program. Grant amount to be determined at the discretion of the General Manager.

*Direct replacements or repairs to your existing system or devices are not eligible under this program as these are considered to be issues of upkeep or maintenance on your property.

Grant Effective Date

The program comes into effect March 1st, 2018. Online grant application submissions will be accepted from this date. Quotes can be obtained prior to applying for the program but no work can be completed before being approved for the program.

Related Page Information

Grant Application Process & Checklist

Basement Flooding Prevention Online Grant Application Form

Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Suggested Questions for Applicant to Ask Contractor

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