Learn about the financial assistance and water discounts available to you in the City of Thunder Bay.

The following tax and water credit programs are available to eligible groups:

 

The City also offers drainage rebates and rain barrell discounts. Learn more about these programs:

Drainage Rebate

The City of Thunder Bay offers financial assistance if you’d like to take flood prevention measures including:

  • Installing sump pumps;
  • Sewer back-up prevention valves; and
  • Weeping tile disconnections.

The rebate program is available to property owners whose homes are impacted by extreme weather events.

EcoSuperior

EcoSuperior delivers this program on behalf of the City and rebates are available while funding lasts each year. Check EcoSuperior's Drainage Rebate availability for more information.

What Does the Drainage Rebate Cover?

Through the Drainage Rebate, the City of Thunder Bay will cover the following.

New connections to the city storm sewer

Rebates are available for 50% of the invoiced costs up to $1500 for a new connection to the city storm sewer where foundation drainage is being redirected from the sanitary sewer.

Sump pump/leaching pit installation

This includes 50% of the invoiced costs up to $1,500, including labour, materials, permit and taxes.

Sewer back-up prevention valve

This includes 50% of the invoiced cost up to $1,750, including labour, materials, permit and taxes.

Disconnect weeping tile from sanitary sewer system

This includes 100% of the invoiced cost up to $500, including labour, materials, permit and taxes.

Qualifications

You may qualify for the rebate if your home is on the City of Thunder Bay water supply and you have a water account in good standing. We allow one application per household. You must own (not rent) a single-family home or duplex. Your home's downspouts must have been disconnected from storm and sanitary sewers. You must obtain applicable permits from City of Thunder Bay. A participating licensed plumber must install sewer back-up prevention valves. A qualified contractor must do other any work required.

Getting started

View these resources from EcoSuperior:

Contact EcoSuperior for more details

For more information, contact Jamie Saunders at EcoSuperior at 624-2658, email jamie@ecosuperior.org

Rain Barrel Discount

The City of Thunder Bay makes a limited number of $20 discounts available on a yearly basis for the purchase of rain barrels at EcoSuperior. EcoSuperior delivers this program on behalf of the City through the Rain Barrel Discount program.

Benefits of a rain barrel

A rain barrel will catch some of the rain runoff from your roof via a downspout, conserving the fresh, soft water for use in your garden, and reducing your need to water with for tap water. This benefits your plants and saves you money. It also helps the environment by reducing rain runoff travelling to the City's storm sewer system. Learn EcoSuperior's Rain Barrel Set-Up and Instructions.

Reducing rain runoff

As rain runoff moves across the ground/pavement, it picks up soil from the ground and contaminants from pavements. This puts a strain on the storm sewer system and eventually reaches Lake Superior. Reducing runoff reduces soil leaching and surface damage, and contamination of Lake Superior and its contributing creeks and rivers. Let's keep our water clean!

Who qualifies, and how do I purchase my rain barrel?

You can purchase rain barrels from EcoSuperior at 562 Red River Road. You may qualify for the $20 Rain Barrel Discount if your home is on the City of Thunder Bay water supply and you have a water account in good standing.

Bring a copy of your current water bill

Just present a copy of your current water bill when you visit EcoSuperior. Limit one rain barrel per household.

Call ahead

Please call EcoSuperior at 624-2140 before visiting, to check what's in stock and the availability of the $20 discount.

Not a City of Thunder Bay Water customer?

You may purchase a rain barrel from EcoSuperior at the discounted price of $65.

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