Chemical or fuel storage

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program (ORCWP) provides funding for projects that protect surface water and groundwater quality. To find out more, please consult the program description.


  • Maximum grant: 50 per cent up to $1,000

Project Description:

Storages for fuel or chemicals to reduce potential for spills; must meet regulatory requirements and/or industry standards.

Project Details:

  • Storage buildings for safe storage of fertilizers, pesticides, herbicides, fungicides or fuel
  • Storage protection structures (e.g. bollards)
  • Mixing/sprayer washing structures
  • Spill containment for storages and mixing areas. Chemical storage buildings must be able to contain any spills that may occur within the building.  No floor drains are permitted in storage buildings.  The building must have a minimum 5 cm (2”) curb at entrance, and be vented and screened to the outside atmosphere.
  • Spill warning device
  • Anti-backflow device
  • Spill kit containing absorbency materials to ensure immediate clean up of accidental spill
  • Purchase of double-walled fuel storage tanks to replace single-walled tanks 
  • Buildings must be used exclusively for chemical storage and have appropriate warning signs.
  • Must satisfy Ontario Building Code and other chemical and combustible storage requirements, including Technical Standards & Safety Authority (TSSA) standards.
  • Storage and spill containment must meet or exceed Ontario’s Pesticide Act standards (if applicable) and the Ontario Water Resources Act.
  • Fuel storage and spill containment must meet or exceed Ontario's Gasoline Handling Code standards and the Ontario Water Resources Act. Pumps and hoses must be ULC approved. Spill containment must provide a minimum of 110% containment for tanks exceeding 5,000 litres.
  • Development of an emergency plan for accidental exposure and spills is recommended.      

NOTE: Each applicant is responsible for ensuring that the project meets all legal requirements, including City by-laws, provincial and federal acts/regulations, and Conservation Authority permits/approvals.

Eligible Project Costs:

  • Required permits and approvals
  • Purchased material and supplies
  • Contract labour and professional fees
  • Reasonable in-kind contributions for applicant’s labour ($20/hr) and equipment ($50/hr) associated with the implementation of the proposed project

The Program reserves the right to limit the eligible amount for in-kind contributions based on the proposed project. Applicants must provide a detailed written accounting of all in-kind contributions when the application is submitted. In-kind costs associated with completing the application, project planning, supervision, or administration, are not eligible for funding.

Ineligible Costs:

  • Portable fuel storage structures
  • Single-walled fuel storage tanks
  • Fuel storage tanks for household heating purposes
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Well decommissioning