The Drainage Act makes grants to municipalities for new municipal drain construction, or for maintenance and repair of existing drains on agriculturally assessed land. The grant rates are:
• 1/3 grant in Southern Ontario, or
• 2/3 grant in Northern Ontario
The Act also makes grants for employing a Drainage Superintendent.
The Tile Drainage Act provides fixed-rate (6% for 2004-2005), fixed-term (10 years) loans to farmers through their municipality for on-farm tile drainage for up to 75% of the cost of the work, to a maximum of $50,000 per year. The Agricultural Tile Drainage Installation Act licenses the tile drainage contractors, their employees and equipment.
OMAFRA Drainage webpage
The Drain Primer (DFO)
Tile Drainage Act
Agricultural Tile Drainage Installation Act
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Submissions & Correspondence
Pre-budget Brief Letter to Minister of Finance
(January 27, 2014)
Pre-budget Submission to Standing Committee on Finance
(January 16, 2014)
Letter to Minister Mitchell regarding Drainage Task Team
(February 2, 2011)
Province invests $100 million to reduce bumps in the road
(May 2, 2013 - Municipal Issues, Rural Economic Development, Drainage)
Setting an agenda for farming and food in Ontario
(April 26, 2013 - Ontario Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (OSPCA) Act, Rural Economic Development, Nutrient Management, Agri-Food Research, Energy, Taxation, Drainage)
Give government something to chew on this summer
(June 28, 2013 - Rural Economic Development, Energy, Drainage, Local Food)
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