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Downspout Disconnection Rebate Program

Note: Due to COVID-19, the processing of rebate applications will be delayed. Applications received will be kept on file for future processing.

You are eligible for the Downspout Disconnection Rebate Program if:

  1. You are in the eligible program area (see list below)
  2. You have not received a subsidy from the Region of Peel through previous downspout disconnection or basement flooding remediation programs

How to participate

  1. Confirm eligibility by checking if you are in the program area

    City of Brampton program area: City of Mississauga program area: Town of Caledon, Bolton program area:
  2. Decide which program you want to apply for

    a) Downspout Disconnection Subsidy Program

    The Region of Peel is offering rebates of:
    • $25 each for one or two downspouts disconnected
    • $100 for three or more downspouts disconnected

    With a maximum of $100 per home

    OR

    b) Downspout Disconnection Financial Assistance Program

    The Region of Peel offers eligible low-income seniors or low-income residents with a disability, financial reimbursement for downspout disconnection of all downspouts on the property up to a maximum amount of $1,000.

    Click on the link to see if you are eligible for the Downspout Disconnection Financial Assistance Program, Downspout Disconnection Financial Assistance Program.

  3. Disconnect your home's downspout(s) ensuring that you:
    1. Cap the pipe where it enters the ground
    2. Attach an elbow to the downspout
    3. Direct water onto a splash pad or well away from your foundation

    Make sure that water from disconnected downspouts is not directed to your neighbour's property or a public walkway. Having a downspout flow onto driveways, walkways or sidewalks can cause water to pool or ice to form and may create a slip hazard.

    How to disconnect your downspouts:

  4. Complete the application form (PDF, 75KB) and submit it:
  5. Downspout Disconnection Subsidy Program
    2 Copper Road
    Brampton, ON L6T 4W5
    Please keep a copy for your records.

  6. Once your application has been received, a staff person from the Region will do a visual assessment of the disconnected downspouts at your home
  7. Once your application has been approved, a cheque will be mailed to you within 6-8 weeks of the assessment

Capping your standpipe

Permanent capping of the sewer standpipe is a requirement for rebate eligibility. Capping prevents stormwater from entering the system after downspout disconnection but also is a safety measure to ensure debris and small animals do not enter the opening.

Standpipes can be constructed of plastic or clay and will have different diameters, which will be specific to your property.

Caps and plugs come in a variety of styles and sizes which are available at many hardware stores or plumbing supply stores. Measure the diameter of your standpipes before visiting the store to purchase caps or plugs. Property owners can use:

  • A rubber cap secured by a hose clamp or a PVC or nylon cap
    Rubber cap secured by a hose clamp  PVC or nylon cap
  • A wingnut secured nylon expansion plug or a low pressure plug
    Rubber cap secured by a hose clamp  Rubber cap secured by a hose clamp

Caps or plugs can be permanently secured using silicone adhesive or contact cement which will be dependent on the material type of the standpipe.

Capping your standpipe

Revised: Monday May 25 2020

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