Upgrading Septic Systems
The purpose of this program is to help landowners through the process of repairing, upgrading or replacing faulty or malfunctioning septic systems in order to protect ground and surface water.
Any landowner within the Lake Simcoe watershed with a faulty septic system on their property may qualify for 50 per cent funding, $2,500 for a conventional system or $5,000 for an advanced system. 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?
- Repair, upgrade or replacement of an existing private septic system which is faulty or malfunctioning, or is greater than 20 years in age.
- Projects must demonstrate a potential to improve local water quality.
- The system must be 100m or less from surface water - a lake, river, stream, or a ditch leading directly to surface water.
- All projects must provide supporting documentation prepared by a licensed septic system installer or a municipal representative, of why the existing system is failing or requires an upgrade.
- Acceptable "proof of age" documentation may include a letter from the municipal building department or health unit, original site plans, permits or installation records.
- Two (2) written quotations based on the existing structure, from licensed contractors, which reference their BCIN, are required with your application. To verify that a contractor's qualifications are current visit Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing (MMAH). After language selection, choose "Search Public Register" on the left hand side. Alternatively you can contact the Qualification and Registration Unit of the Building and Development Branch at (416)585-6666.
- Applicants are responsible for attaining all required permits from their municipality or Health Unit and the Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority (where required).
- Applicants are responsible for all project costs, to be paid up-front and in full prior to submitting for grant reimbursement.
What costs may be covered?
- Construction costs incurred by a certified septic system installer, including labour, materials and equipment associated with the approved septic system repairs, upgrades, or replacements
- Fees or professional services related to obtaining the certificate of approval or municipal permit
What isn't covered?
- System upgrades to facilitate household expansion, (i.e. addition of dishwashers, bathrooms or other devices that increase wastewater volume)
- 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.
- Project Guidelines
- Application Checklist
- Applicant Information Form
- 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.