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Storing and Handling Fuel, Fertilizer, and Chemicals

Fuel, fertilizer, and chemicals can be hazardous to the environment if not stored and handled properly. The purpose of this program is to help landowners protect ground and surface water resources by properly containing and safely storing fuel, fertilizer, pesticides, and other chemicals.


Landowners within the Lake Simcoe watershed may qualify for grants of 50 per cent of the cost of an installed and approved fuel or pesticide / chemical storage or handling facility, to a maximum payment of $2,000.

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.


Project Details

  • Applicants are responsible for obtaining all necessary municipal, provincial and other permits and approvals that may be required for the completion of their projects.
  • Projects must develop a proof of spills response plan.

What projects are eligible?

Fertilizer and Chemical Storage and Handling

  • Chemical storage buildings, chemical mixing / sprayer washing structures, and fertilizer handling facilities
  • Storage buildings must be able to contain any spills that may occur within the building. No floor drains are permitted, building must have minimum 2" (5cm) curb at entrance and be vented and screened to the outside atmosphere
  • Buildings must be used exclusively for chemical storage and have appropriate warning signs
  • Buildings and handling practices must meet or exceed legislative requirements.

Fuel Storage and Handling

  • Priority will be given to those projects within 100m of surface water; projects that include non ULC approved equipment will have a reduced priority
  • Fuel storage spill containment, including cement pads, curbs, dikes, bollards, and double wall vacuum tanks. Fuel storages must meet or exceed legislative requirements.
  • Only replacement of above ground storage tanks.

What costs may be covered?

  • Materials & contractor labour / engineering / permit fees.

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • Purchase of single-walled fuel tanks
  • Home heating fuel oil tanks Portable fuel storage tanks (i.e.: truck or trailer mounted)
  • 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: Use the Application Checklist to ensure you are completing/submitting all required documents. Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.

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