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Decommissioning Unused Wells

The purpose of this program is to help landowners through the process of decommissioning their unused wells for the safety of their family and to prevent groundwater contamination.


Landowners within the Lake Simcoe watershed may qualify for grants of 100 per cent of project costs for eligible projects, to a maximum of $1,500. Additional funds may be available from other environmental grant funding sources. LSRCA Stewardship Technicians will ensure that you are made aware of all the grant funding programs available to you.

What projects are eligible?

  • Decommissioning of unused wells (dug, bored or drilled) by a licensed well contractor.

Project Details

  • Two (2) written quotations from Ontario-licensed well contractors are required with your application. Please ensure the contractor includes their license number on their quotation.
  • To find a licensed contractor in your area please use the Ministry of the Environment Directory of Licensed Well Contractors in Ontario, or by contacting the Wells Help Desk (toll free) at 1-888-396-9355.
  • All works must comply with the Ontario Ministry of the Environment (MOE) procedures for plugging or abandoning unused water wells in accordance with O.Reg. 903. Details of the procedure must be documented on the water well record, with a copy submitted upon completion to the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (LSRCA).
  • A copy of the well contractor's and/or well technician's license must be provided to the LSRCA when claiming the grant.

What costs may be covered?

  • Licensed contractor fees associated with the approved project.
  • Materials and labour associated with the approved project.

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • Drilling of new wells
  • Well pumps and water purification or treatment systems
  • Any costs associated with work undertaken by a contractor without a current license
  • Machinery or equipment owned and used by the applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • Labour of applicant, family dependents or the applicant's business
  • If you have an outstanding violation with the LSRCA, you may not be eligible for funding
  • Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify for funding assistance.

How to Apply

Please review the following documents. You are required to print and submit by mail or hand-deliver the completed checklist, application form and project profile, as a complete application package, to your area Stewardship Technician.

  1. Project Guidelines
  2. Application Checklist
  3. Applicant Information Form
  4. Project Profile Form

TIP: Refer to the Application Checklist to ensure you are completing and submitting all required documents for a complete application package. Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.

Please contact a Stewardship Technician to verify program eligibility and to answer any questions/concerns you may have about the program and/or the application process. This is a voluntary program and all calls are confidential.