Water Sector Funding
To best manage the funding available to support the strongest initiatives, we follow a competitive funding approval process for capital projects in the energy, transportation, waste and water sectors. Applicants under these sectors must undergo an Initial Review to assess eligibility before they may submit a complete application.
The Initial Review form and updated applicant resources are now available. Find out more about the new eligibility criteria and prerequisites to apply for funding under the new offer. For more information on applying, please contact us.
While we will continue to accept applications year-round, funding approvals for capital project applications in the energy, transportation, waste and water sectors will be made twice a year, with the first review period in February 2016, followed by another in September 2016.
We do not fund purchasing, installing, replacing or repairing water mains as a standalone initiative. Your project must target end-use water consumption.
Community: Your project must demonstrate the potential to reduce potable water use by residents of a neighbourhood or community by at least 20 per cent.
Corporate: Your project must demonstrate the potential to reduce a municipal building's potable water consumption by 40 per cent.
- grey water systems
- rainwater collection
- fixture replacement programs
Stormwater management projects aim to mitigate the impact of first flush runoff. Your project must demonstrate the potential to eliminate all site runoff for the 90th percentile of all 24-hour rainfall events, by volume.
The 90th percentile rainfall refers to the number of rain events over 12 months where rainfall volume is lower than or equal to 90 per cent of the amount seen in all 24-hour rainfalls. For example, if the 90th percentile rainfall is 15mm, this means that roughly 90 per cent of the time, the amount of rain received during a 24-hour period is 15mm or less.
- rainwater collection and reuse
- green roofs
- rain gardens for bio-retention
- infiltration initiatives such as stormwater planters, infiltration trenches and permeable pavement
For neighbourhood stormwater management projects, which may involve multiple properties or sites, your initiative must demonstrate the potential to eliminate site runoff for the 50th percentile of all 24-hour rainfall events, by volume.
Your project to improve stormwater quality must aim to remove 80 per cent of total suspended solids (TSS) from runoff leaving a site.
For neighbourhood stormwater management projects, which may involve multiple properties or sites, your project must aim to remove 60 per cent of TSS from runoff leaving a site.
- a low-impact development project that captures and treats stormwater runoff through permeable pavement and bio-retention planters
New or retrofit wastewater projects are eligible if they demonstrate a new solution or approach to wastewater systems within a region, type of municipality, province or territory. These projects must offer knowledge value for other municipalities and must meet provincial regulatory requirements.
- constructing a wastewater treatment facility, designed using a new approach
- retrofitting an existing facility to upgrade treatment processes
- equipping an existing facility with alternative systems, such as an engineered wetland
Your project must demonstrate the potential to capture and treat all wastewater to at least secondary standards (or equivalent) for a target area. Projects defined as business-as-usual, such as simple tank replacement within the same system, are not eligible.
- replacing septic tanks with a more advanced septic treatment system
- constructing a decentralized wastewater treatment unit to service a group of septic systems