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Proposed stormwater charge

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A stormwater charge is based on the impact a customer has on the stormwater system. It is a charge that is dedicated to paying for only stormwater management. More information is available at www.toronto.ca/stormwatercharge including:

  • Full details and information about the proposed stormwater charge
  • An online survey to allow for public feedback
  • Examples of how the proposed stormwater charge could impact water bills
  • A full list of the categories and tiers for the proposed stormwater charge
  • A full listing of the public consultation dates and locations

Toronto City Council will be considering a stormwater charge in the spring of 2017. If approved by Toronto City Council, the stormwater charge would come into effect in 2019.

What is stormwater?
Stormwater is rain and melted snow.

Why is stormwater an issue?
When not absorbed into the ground, it runs off properties onto streets, down storm drains and through a complex network of pipes that carry it into local waterways or, in some cases, wastewater treatment facilities. Generally, the more hard surfaces a property has the more stormwater it adds to the stormwater system.

What is the challenge?
An increase in extreme storms, combined with more hard surfaces in the city is resulting in more water making its way into the stormwater system. Too much water can overwhelm the system leading to flooded basements and poor water quality in local waterways, including Lake Ontario.

Get involved, attend a public consultation, the dates and locations may be found on the City of Toronto website. Complete the Stormwater Charge survey - 2017.