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Thursday, October 06, 2005

Update - Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program

We have had a number of inquiries asking what the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program reimburses homeowners for, and here are some points to help clarify the subsidy program:

Does the program reimburse homeowners for flood damages?
No, the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program does not reimburse residents for any flood-related damages.

Can homeowners be reimbursed for damages?
Homeowners should call their insurance agency, the City can't answer questions related to a residents insurance policy.

How much is the subsidy?
Residents may receive a subsidy, up to a maximum of $3,200.

What is the subsidy for?
This is not a cash for flood-related damages. The subsidy is for the installation of flood-prevention devices such as: a back-water valve, a sump pump, downspout disconnection or pipe severance and capping.

What are the eligibility requirements?
Homeowner's are eligible in one of two ways: First, if they reported the basement flooding to the City, either to Toronto Water staff, or to their Councillor. Or, secondly, they may also be eligible if they can provide proof they advised their insurance company of the basement flooding in a timely manner.

Is there a deadline for this subsidy program?
Program applications and approval are available on a first-come, first served basis up until February 1, 2006.

For information about the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program or questions about the different flood prevention devices, please call 416-338-8888 and speak to a Toronto Water staff. The information is also available on the City's website at