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Lake Simcoe Region Conservation Authority

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Managing Milkhouse Waste

50% of costs, up to $5,000

​The purpose of this program is to eliminate water quality impairment from milkhouse wastewater discharge, directly, or indirectly to surface waters.


Landowners within the Lake Simcoe watershed may qualify for grants of 50 per cent of project costs for eligible projects, to a maximum of $5,000. 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

  • Projects must meet current Construction and Siting protocols and other requirements under the Nutrient Management Act, 2002 (Ontario Regulation 267/03). Systems shall adhere to local municipal by-laws and provincial Acts.
  • Systems utilizing a sediment tank and stone filled treatment trenches are required to have appropriate soil tests completed and be sized accordingly and must include a provision to prevent the first rinse cycle from being discharged to the tank. 
  • Systems proposed as part of a liquid manure storage facility must provide at least 240-day capacity for the wastewater produced.

What projects are eligible?

  • Priority will be given to projects that are within 100m of surface water
  • Storage within an existing or proposed manure storage system or in a separate unit
  • Processing in a sediment tank and stone-filled treatment trench system
  • Water reducing sinks
  • LSRCA will consider innovative projects if they meet the objective of the category.

What costs may be covered?

  • Engineering fees
  • Permanent transfer piping; including necessary pumps and creation of sumps, traps or drains
  • Low water use sinks or retrofits and water meters
  • Disconnection or plugging of existing tile drain outlets
  • Materials and labour associated with the approved project

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • Cost of building, expanding, or maintaining milkhouse and\or parlour
  • Portable sump pump
  • 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

Complete the Landowner Information Form and the Project Prof​ile Form to submit an application.

Be prepared to submit the following with your application:

  • Two cost quotations from qualified contractors
  • Project site plan

Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.

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