Starting January 2017, Guelph residents and businesses pay for stormwater services through Guelph Hydro bills instead of property taxes.
Like many other municipalities, Guelph is faced with the problem of aging infrastructure, climate-driven changes and increasing hard surfaces. Our existing stormwater management system needs upgrades, especially as we face more severe storm events.
The stormwater service fee, approved by Council on March 21, 2016 after more than two years of study, provides dedicated funding for this critical service.
The City is exploring options for a credit program. Learn more and look for opportunities to get involved
What does stormwater management cost?
We need more than $6 million to manage our stormwater system each year. This includes operations, upgrades and maintenance.
Historically, only about $2 million has been budgeted through property taxes each year.
That leaves a $4 million funding gap for a service that helps protect our community from flooding and pollution.
The stormwater service fee will provide dedicated funding for stormwater services, and help us close the funding gap.
Note: These dollar amounts appear in the 2012 and 2015 Sustainable Infrastructure Report and Infrastructure Scorecard, and will change over time.
Did you know?
- Environmental Commissioner of Ontario: Urban Stormwater Fees: How to pay for what we need
- Smart Prosperity Institute: New Solutions for Sustainable Stormwater Management in Canada
- RBC Blue Water Project: 2014 Canadian Water Attitudes Study [PDF 4.8MB]
- Insurance Bureau of Canada: Preparing for Water Related Damage
- Grand River Conservation Authority:Water & Floods
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