Tile drain control structures

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 $5,000

Project Description:

Installation of structures at tile outlets to control flow from the tiles during the growing season.

Project Details:

  • Commercial tile drain control structure(s)
  • Drainage headers to reduce the number of required control structures
  • Retrofitting of tile drain control structures into existing tile drainage
  • If tile drain control structures are installed on new tile drain systems, only the cost of the control structures and tile header is eligible for funding.
  • City of Ottawa Drainage Superintendent must be informed of work completed along a municipal drain.
  • Maintenance of the control structures is the responsibility of the landowner.

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 Costs:

  • Permits and approvals
  • Purchased materials and supplies
  • Equipment rentals related to installation of control structures and headers
  • Contract labour and professional fees related to installation of control structures and headers
  • 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:

  • Installation or repair of tile drainage system (e.g. tile runs and outlets)
  • Construction of ditches
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Tile outlet erosion control
  • Erosion control
  • Cover crops
  • Watercourse buffers
  • Demonstration project (under Educational Initiatives)