Basement Flooding Prevention

Home flood preparedness

Are you ready? Here are some suggestions that can help to protect your basement from flooding:

  • Never pour fats, oils or grease down your drains
  • Reduce home water use during heavy rain
  • Keep the storm sewer grates on your street clear of yard waste, leaves, garbage, ice and snow.
  • Clean and maintain your eavestroughs and downspouts at least once a year
  • Leave your basement unfinished
  • Store anything expensive, valuable or irreplaceable upstairs

Have you had water in your basement in the past? You need to take more significant steps to protect your home like having a plumber examine the issue. If you would like more options to explore, refer to the Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding.

If you currently live within the North-East Flood Remediation Study Area, you may be eligible for the Basement Flooding Prevention Grant Program. 

Basement Flooding Prevention Grant Program

The City of Brantford Basement Flooding Prevention Grant Program provides up to $2,000 to help you lower the risk of basement flooding if you're a homeowner living in the North-East Flood Remediation Study Area. Learn more about how you can reduce your risk from the Handbook for Reducing Basement Flooding. Visit our Stormwater page for more information about basement flood prevention.

Program eligibility

To qualify for the program, your house cannot be under a new construction warranty and you must:

  • Be the owner(s) of a residential property in the North-East Flood Remediation Study Area;
  • Live in the home and have current and paid property taxes at the time of application; and
  • Not have received a subsidy through the previous basement flooding programs.

Eligible work and grant amounts

The maximum grant per household is $2,000. The grants cover up to 80% of the cost.

Basement Flooding Risk Assessment

You can receive up to $250 to help pay for a professional evaluation regarding potential water entry points into your home and how to reduce risks. Make sure to include a copy of the report and any video evidence.

Only one quote is required for this item. You can apply with or before applying for other eligible works.

Disconnection of downspouts

You can receive up to $200 towards the disconnection of downspouts from the sewer system. Disconnection is a requirement to be eligible for any grants from the program. Please see the Property Standards By-law (465.22.4) for more information about sump pumps on your property.

Make sure to include pictures showing the downspout's condition before starting any work with your application and include a sketch of proposed work. After disconnecting, you must send us pictures of the completed work and a copy of the paid invoice.

Disconnection of weeping tiles from sewer and reconnection to sump pump

You can receive up to $1,800 for the disconnection of weeping tiles from the sewer system and reconnecting to sump pump with backup power, which discharges to a permeable outside surface. Please see the Property Standards By-law (465.22.4) for more information about sump pumps on your property.

We require a plumbing permit but its fee will be waived if you include the finished grant agreement when applying.

Installation of a backwater valve

You can receive up to $1,200 towards installing a backwater valve that meets the Ontario Building Code. You can install it on the storm sewer and/or sanitary sewer.

We require a plumbing permit but its fee will be waived if you include the finished grant agreement when applying.

Other remedial works

You can receive up to $2,000 in other recommended remedial works that address flooding issues. We will consider them for grant eligibility on a case-by-case basis.

Any replacements or repairs to your existing system or devices are not eligible under this program as these are part of the normal upkeep or maintenance of your property.

How to apply

You can apply for the Basement Flooding Prevention Grant  online. Please make sure to include an itemized, detailed quote with your application that has:

  • estimated costs for all work to be undertaken
  • separate line item costs for the eligible works, which include the costs of materials and labour
  • All contractors' City Business Licence Numbers

Please see our Grant Application Submission Checklist for more details. If approved, you'll receive a Commitment Letter that represents the agreement.

Finding contractors

We encourage you to research and hire a City of Brantford licensed contractor after checking references and asking questions throughout the process. Learn more about your rights when starting home renovations or repairs.

Licensed contractors

After you receive your Commitment Letter

Once you receive the signed Commitment Letter, you or your contractor must:

  • Apply for a plumbing permit and book an inspection for installation of any backwater valve or sump pump; and then
  • Continue with the recommended works.

Please note that utility locates are your responsibility as the homeowner. A contractor is responsible after they receive your authorization. Any preventative works that have been completed without an inspection and approval will result in cancellation of any approved grant amounts.

Payment process

We will pay 80% of the paid eligible invoice amount (maximum of $2,000 per household), after we receive:

  • Confirmation of payment of work completed by the contractor; or payment receipts for materials and equipment (excluding labour costs related to preventative works completed by the homeowner)
  • A satisfactory City verification of the downspout disconnection
  • A satisfactory City inspection of the sump pump or backwater valve installation
  • A completed Declaration of Work Completion form
  • Photo evidence of downspout disconnection(s) and capping of former discharge entry locations

Please email your documentation to or mail to:

Brantford City Hall
Public Works Commission
100 Wellington Square
PO Box 818
Brantford ON N3T 5R7

Please note that grant approvals are subject to funding availability on a first-come first-served basis. Approved grants are only valid for six months from the approval date and expire if:

  • Work is not completed
  • We do not receive confirmation of payment for work completed
  • Inspection or verification of eligible works is not satisfactory
  • Other forms are incomplete (e.g. Declaration of Work Completion form)

We have the authority to extend the grant period and make any other changes necessary for the program's success.