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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 conta​ct 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.
  • Applicants are responsible for obtaining all required permits from their municipality, Health Unit, LSRCA, and others where applicable.

Only complete applications will be considered for funding assistance.​

Please contact a Restoration Specialist 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.

Got Questions?

Frequently Asked Questions

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

Complete the Landowner Information Form and the Project Pr​ofile Form to submit an application.

Be prepared to submit the following with your application:​

  • Completed and submitted a Landowner Information Form
  • Site plan
  • Two cost quotations from qualified contractors (with BCIN – Building Code Identification Number referenced)
  • Documentation of condition of existing system prepared by a licensed septic system installer or municipal representative
  • Documentation of septic age (may include letter from municipal building department or health unit, original site plans, permits or installation records)
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