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Upgrading Septic Systems

If you live in a high-risk area around a municipal water supply well or surface water intake, you may qualify for funding to help you repair, upgrade or replace your septic system. We may cover 50% of project costs, up to $2,500, for eligible landowners.

Not sure if you live in a high-risk area? View our map or contact us today.

What projects are eligible?

  • The system must be within a high-risk area around a municipal water supply well or surface water intake to be 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.
  • LSRCA will consider innovative projects if they meet the objective of the category

Project Details

  • Documentation is required that describes why the existing system requires an upgrade. This must be prepared by a licensed septic system installer or a municipal representative.
  • 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 septic contractors,  with reference to their BCIN, are required with your application. (To verify that a contractor’s qualifications are current, visit the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing. 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 obtaining all required permits from their municipality, Health Unit, LSRCA, and others where applicable.

What costs may be covered?

  • Permits
  • Professional design fees
  • Materials and labour associated with an approved project, when delivered by an Ontario licensed septic installer.

What isn't covered?

  • Taxes
  • System upgrades to facilitate household expansion (ie: additional square footage or 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 LSRCA, you will not be eligible for funding
  • Work required as a condition of a municipal planning or LSRCA permit will not be eligible
  • Work that proceeds prior to funding approval does not qualify 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.

How to Apply

Please review the following documents. Please print and submit the completed forms by mail, email or in-person, to your area Stewardship Technician.

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