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Eligible projects

The Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program provides funding for projects in nutrient management, soil protection, water management, land stewardship, education and innovation. Learn what is supported under each project type.

Manure storage and treatment

Manure storage and treatment [ PDF 139 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 50 per cent up to $15,000

Project Description:

Manure storages (earthen, concrete, or steel) or treatment constructed as per Nutrient Management Act requirements.

Learn more about a completed project: Weeberlac Holsteins - Manure Storage.

Project Details:

  • All storage facilities are required to meet the Nutrient Management Act. Applicants are responsible for determining requirements for their proposed storage. Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural affairs (OMAFRA) staff are available to assist in this regard.
  • Applicants are required to submit a copy of their OMAFRA Record of Approval and for their project.
  • All storages must meet the National Farm Building Code for safety fencing.
  • Solid waste/manure storages with roof or runoff containment.
  • Concrete or steel liquid wastewater/manure storage tanks (with or without covers).
  • Earthen wastewater/manure storages and runoff storage.
  • Clean water diversion including eavestroughs, berms, and ditches to minimize addition of clean precipitation to the storage (applicants may be eligible for a separate grant for Clean Water Diversion).
  • Manure treatment systems (e.g. bioreactors, constructed wetlands, and composting).
  • Permanent transfer piping to transfer manure into long-term storage
  • Surfacing yards and walls around yards to direct contaminated precipitation into a runoff storage
  • Upgrading storages to increase the capacity of existing storage to a minimum of 240 days, provided all project guidelines are met
  • Covering an outdoor storage to prevent additional liquid input from precipitation
  • Livestock access to manure storage area must be restricted.

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 supplies and materials
  • 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:

  • Waste pumping, spreading and hauling equipment
  • Expansions due to increased production/herd size (exceptions may be made for pre-existing water quality issues)
  • New storages as a result of a new business
  • Slats or solid floors over in-house storages including support beams, posts and roofs
  • Barn gutters
  • Snow or electric fencing
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Nutrient management/precision farming
  • Washwater treatment
  • Clean water diversion

Washwater treatment

Wash water treatment [ PDF 136 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 50 per cent up to $5,000

Project Description:

Treatment systems for wash water from milkhouses, fruits and vegetables, and greenhouses.

Project Details:

Eligible projects include:

  • Wash water storage in an existing or proposed storage system if:
  • The storage meets Nutrient Management Act requirements.
  • Milkhouse parlour wash water directed to a treatment trench system must prevent the first rinse cycle from discharging to the treatment trench.
    • Wash water treatment via bio-filters or constructed wetlands.
    • Manure dewatering systems (e.g. flocculators)
    • Collection of leachate from the storage of a natural product such as agricultural silos only.
    • Modifications to greenhouse irrigation systems to recycle wash water or recover nutrients
    • Water conservation features may be funded provided other program standards are met

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 supplies and materials
  • Contract labour and professional fees.
  • Permanent transfer piping from the milkhouse parlour or processing facility to a suitable storage/treatment system
  • Permanent sump pumps plus all associated electrical connections
  • 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:

  • Construction or installation of milkhouse parlours or processing structures
  • Repair and maintenance of existing piping or nutrient recovery systems
  • Portable sump pumps
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Manure storage and treatment
  • Nutrient management/precision farming
  • Clean water diversion

Nutrient management plan/precision farming

Nutrient management plan/precision farming [ PDF 142 KB ]

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.

Funding:

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

Project Description:

Nutrient Management Plans for farm operations and turf management plans for businesses (e.g. golf courses). Purchase of GPS units or other technology for tractors and spreaders to aid in nutrient application.

Learn more about a completed project: Marvellane Farms - Precision Farming/Well Decommissioning.

Project Details:

Preparation of Nutrient Management Plans:

  • Nutrient Management Plans must meet requirements of the Nutrient Management Act, when applicable.
  • A nutrient management plan that is not subject to the Nutrient Management Act should include the following components:
  • Testing of soil, manure and other soil conditioners for available nutrients using provincially accredited laboratories.
  • Identification of residual nitrogen sources based on previous crop or vegetation.
  • Relation of added nutrients (fertilizer, manure, biosolids, etc.) to soil test results and nutrient requirements of vegetation.
  • Assessment of nutrient application methods and timing (including supplemental fertilizers) for optimal nutrient utilization by growing vegetation while minimizing leaching, runoff and volatilization.
  • Calibration of nutrient spreaders to ensure that the application rate and placement is accurate.
  • Identification and mitigation of environmental risk associated with managing nutrients (such as surface and groundwater protection through the implementation of buffer zones, private wellhead protection, separation distances etc.).
  • Proper containment of nutrients while being stored.
  • Contingency plans for use in the event of an unintended discharge of nutrients.
  • Agricultural applicants must provide adequate land base for nutrients produced on the farm.

Support for tractor and spreader devices:

  • GPS units and other precision application equipment used to reduce excess nutrient application on cropland.
  • GPS units must be used to collect nutrient-related information including yield monitors and computer mapping software.
  • New spray technologies (e.g. nozzles) to reduce spray drift.

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
  • Materials and supplies
  • Labour and professional fees
  • Sampling and analysis at accredited labs of soil, manure, and other soil contaminants
  • Purchase of nutrient management software and registration fees for software training
  • Determination of management zones for precision-applied nutrients, pesticides, fertilizers, insecticides and herbicides
  • Field mapping of soil characteristics
  • GPS system
  • Data storage in GPS and production of maps
  • Computer software specific to managing data collected for precision farming
  • 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:

  • Crop scouting fees
  • Fertilizer or other soil conditioners
  • Purchase or rental of nutrient application equipment or services
  • Purchase of application equipment
  • Purchase of computer hardware
  • Annual software licensing fees
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Manure storage and treatment
  • Washwater treatment
  • Clean water diversion

Watercourse fencing

Watercourse fencing [ PDF 138 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 90 per cent up to $7,500

Project Description:

Fencing to restrict livestock access to watercourses, including alternate watering sources.

Project Details:

  • Eligible projects will result in complete restriction of livestock from watercourses
  • Only fencing along a watercourse will be considered for funding. Fencing along property boundaries will not be considered.
  • A minimum buffer strip width of three metres (10 feet) or as required by permit, whichever is greater, from the top of the bank must be maintained as part of an approved livestock restriction project.
  • Temporary fencing may be considered eligible but will require a signed agreement mandating the applicant install a fence prior to livestock being introduced to the pasture every year and to maintain the fence while livestock are present in the pasture.
  • Crossings are eligible only if both sides of the stream bank are fenced off.
  • Alternative Water Devices
  • Watering devices are eligible for funding only where livestock are fully restricted from the watercourse.
  • Alternative water devices include nose pumps, stock tanks in the field, wind and solar powered pumping units. Other systems may be considered.
  • Any work on municipal drains must be approved by the City of Ottawa Drainage Superintendent prior to initiation. Applicants must provide a copy of the approval document.

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:

  • Primary hydro lines
  • Well drilling
  • Replacement fencing and fencing along property boundaries
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Erosion control
  • Watercourse buffers
  • Land retirement incentive

Erosion control

Erosion control [ PDF 141 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 90 per cent up to $7,500

Project Description:

Erosion control projects along water bodies, including stream bank stabilization, grassed waterways and water and sediment control basins. A water body includes:

  1. Watercourse (a naturally occurring drainage channel which includes rivers, streams and creeks);
  2. Municipal and private drains, or
  3. Lakes.

Learn more about a completed project: Rocky Top Charolais - Streambank Stabilization/Buffer Strip

Assistance is available from your local Conservation Authority to help with developing and implementing your project, contact the Landowner Resource Centre for more information by email or at 613-692-3571 ext. 1136 or 1-800-267-3504.

Project Details:

  • Erosion control along stream banks including seeding, tree/shrub planting, rip-rap, and bio-engineering (e.g. live crib walls) techniques.  Care should be taken to select plantings that will not encourage beaver activity.
  • Applicants are encouraged to use natural methods whenever possible; Conservation Authority staff can help assess suitability for bio-engineering methods and help landowners implement these methods.
  • Replacement of retaining walls with a more environmental option will be considered on a case-by-case basis.
  • Streambank projects must establish and maintain a minimum 3m watercourse buffer to be considered for funding.
  • Water and sediment control basins and drop inlets, grassed waterways, or sediment pond at end of grassed waterways. Approved stream crossing for equipment will be considered to address existing erosion issues.
  • Livestock must be restricted from the site after the erosion project is implemented.
  • Large or complex projects should be designed by professional engineers.
  • Projects are encouraged to use conservation tillage practices and/or cover crops on adjacent fields, if applicable.
  • Any work on municipal drains must be approved by the City of Ottawa’s Drainage Superintendent prior to initiation. Applicants must provide a copy of the approval document.

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:

  • Permits and approvals
  • Purchased materials
  • Contract labour and professional fees (including engineering design costs)
  • 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:

  • Landscaping for aesthetic purposes
  • Commercial stock, non-native species, fruit trees or Christmas trees
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Land retirement incentive
  • Tile outlet erosion control
  • Watercourse buffers
  • Cover crops

Tile outlet erosion control

Tile outlet erosion control [ PDF 138 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 75 per cent up to $2,500 per year.

Project Description:

Streambank erosion protection at tile outlets; does not include cost of tile outlets or tile runs.

Project Details:

  • Funding is available to repair existing tile outlets only; tile outlets associated with new tile drainage installations are NOT eligible.
  • All structures must include rigid outlet pipe, rodent gate, and proper rock protection with filter cloth underneath.
  • All projects must be properly designed in accordance with the specifications included in the OMAFRA publication 832 entitled “Agricultural Erosion Control Structures – A Design and Construction Manual.” A link to the list of certified Land Improvement Contractors of Ontario (LICO) is available on the LICO web site.
  • The City of Ottawa Drainage Superintendent must approve work completed along a municipal drain. Applicants must provide a copy of the approval document.

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
  • Contract labour and professional fees
  • Equipment rentals related to repair of the tile outlets
  • 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 of tile outlets and costs associated with tile drain installation
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Tile drain control structures
  • Erosion control
  • Watercourse buffers
  • Cover crops

Cover crops

Cover crops [ PDF 75 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Annual performance incentive of $50 per acre per year, maximum 20 acres, maximum 3 years or end of Program

Project Description:

Seeding of over-winter cover crops to reduce soil erosion between crop rotations.

Project Details:

  • Establishment of over-wintering cover crops on fields adjacent to a watercourse.
  • The cover crop must be verified by program staff before winter, or before tillage to ensure that the cover crop is providing at least 30% ground cover. Failure to contact staff and verify crop will result in non-payment of the grant.

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.

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Tile drain control structures
  • Tile outlet erosion control
  • Land retirement incentive
  • Watercourse buffers
  • Natural windbreaks

Clean water diversion

Clean water diversion [ PDF 136 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 50 per cent up to $5,000

Project Description:

To reduce the amount of contaminated runoff from buildings and yards by diverting clean rain and snow melt water away from sources of contamination and directing any contaminated runoff to an appropriate storage or treatment.

Project Details:

  • Clean water diversion structures such as berms, eavestroughs, and ditches that direct clean water away from a contaminant source.
  • Surfacing of livestock yards to collect or redirect runoff to an appropriate storage or treatment.
  • All clean water diversion projects must discharge clean water away from any source of contamination, and not pose other hazards such as soil erosion.
  • Berms, tile outlets and ditches must be properly protected against erosion.
  • Contaminated runoff that is being directed to an existing or proposed waste storage, the storage must meet regulatory requirements.
  • Applicants must provide a plan for disposal of the collected leachate if applicable.

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 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 for applicants based on the proposed project. Applicants must provide a detailed written accounting of all in-kind contributions submitted as part of the total cost for the proposed project. In-kind costs associated with completing the Program application, project planning, supervision, or administration, are not eligible for funding.

Ineligible Costs

  • Household eaves troughs
  • New structures
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Manure storage and treatment
  • Washwater treatment
  • Nutrient management/precision farming

Tile drain control structures

Tile drain control structures [ PDF 135 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • 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.

Learn more about a farmer’s experience with controlled tile drainage.

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)

Chemical or fuel storage

Chemical or fuel storage [ PDF 140 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • 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

Well decommissioning

Well decommissioning [ PDF 136 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 90 per cent up to $3,000 per well

Project Description:

Proper decommissioning (closing) of abandoned, unused, unnecessary or 'dry' wells by a licensed contractor.

Learn more about a completed project: Marvellane Farms - Precision Farming/Well Decommissioning and Well Decommissioning (Vars).

Project Details:

  • Project can be located anywhere within the City of Ottawa.
  • Work must be completed by a well contractor licensed under the Ontario Water Resources Act to perform well decommissioning.
  • A copy of the water well record that is submitted to the Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change must be provided for each well that is decommissioned.
  • Applicants can make one application for decommissioning up to three wells.

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.
  • 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:

  • Upgrading or repair of wells
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Septic system repairs/replacement – existing system must be located within 50m of a watercourse or within a City of Ottawa Wellhead Projection Area A, see project guideline for more information.

Watercourse buffers

Watercourse buffers [ PDF 139 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 90 per cent up to $7,500

Project Description:

Planting vegetation (including trees and shrubs) along watercourses to protect erosion-prone stream banks and/or reduce impacts from cropping practices.

Assistance is available from your local Conservation Authority to help with developing and implementing your project, contact the Landowner Resource Centre for more information by email or at 613-692-3571 ext. 1136 or 1-800-267-3504.

Project Details:

  • A minimum buffer strip width of 3 metres (10 feet) is required from the top of any bank. Wider widths are encouraged.
  • Planting native species will generally be required as part of the grant approval. It is recommended that a planting plan be developed in conjunction with local Conservation Authority staff or a private consultant for establishment of trees and/or shrubs.
  • Care should be taken to select plantings that will not encourage beaver activity.
  • The site must be maintained according to the approval project and verified by Program representatives to be eligible for annual performance incentive.
  • Applicants are responsible for the care and maintenance of vegetation, including trees.
  • Livestock must be excluded from the site.
  • Any work on municipal drains must be approved by the City of Ottawa Drainage Superintendent prior to initiation. Applicants must provide a copy of the approval document.

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:

  • 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:

  • Commercial stock, non-native species, fruit trees or Christmas trees
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Watercourse fencing
  • Land retirement incentive

Natural windbreaks

Natural windbreaks [ PDF 135 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 75 per cent up to $6,000

Project Description:

Planting trees or shrubs to form windbreaks to reduce soil loss from wind erosion.

Project Details:

  • Planting native species will generally be required as part of the grant approval. It is recommended that a planting plan be developed in conjunction with local CA Conservation Authority staff or a private consultant.
  • Care should be taken to select plantings that will not encourage beaver activity.
  • Applicants are responsible for the care and maintenance of the windbreak.

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:

  • Permits and approvals
  • Purchase of materials 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:

  • Commercial stock, non-native species, fruit trees or Christmas trees
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Cover crops
  • Land retirement incentive
  • Watercourse buffers

Forest and wetland management plan

Forest and wetland management plan [ PDF 80 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 75 per cent up to $750

Note: Approved projects are not required to provide proof of a 3rd or 4th Edition Environmental Farm Plan or complete the Healthy Home Guidebook as a pre-requisite for receiving grant funding.

Project Description:

Support for the development of forest, woodlot, or wetland management plans, for improved management and to support  eligibility for provincial tax incentives.

Project Details:

  • Management Plans developed by a professional, including, but not limited to:
    • Property mapping
    • Inventories
    • Forest harvest plans
    • Management guidelines
  • To meet requirements for Provincial tax incentive programs, such as, the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program, Management Plans must be developed by a member in good standing of Ontario Professional Foresters Association or Ontario certified Managed Forest Plan Approver in good standing.
  • Renewal of 10 year Management Plans under the Managed Forest Tax Incentive Program
  • Additional information on wetland management can be searched online at: Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry and Ducks Unlimited

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:

  • professional services and consulting fees

Ineligible Costs:

  • Taxes
  • Costs associated with future reporting requirements for Provincial tax incentive programs

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Land Retirement Incentive

Land retirement incentive

Land retirement incentive [ PDF 76 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Annual performance incentive of $150 per acre per year, maximum 10 acres, maximum 3 years or end of Program

Project Description:

Retirement of marginal (e.g. low crop productivity) or fragile (e.g. erosion prone) lands adjacent to watercourses or wetlands.

Project Details:

  • Planting native species will generally be required as part of the grant approval. It is recommended that a planting plan be developed in conjunction with local Conservation Authority staff or a private consultant for establishment of trees and/or shrubs.
  • Care should be taken to select plantings that will not encourage beaver activity.
  • The site must be maintained according to the approval project and verified by Program representatives to be eligible for annual performance incentive.
  • Applicants are responsible for the care and maintenance of vegetation, including trees.
  • Livestock must be excluded from the site.
  • Any work on municipal drains must be approved by the City of Ottawa Drainage Superintendent prior to initiation. Applicants must provide a copy of the approval document.

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.

 Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Cover crops
  • Natural windbreaks
  • Watercourse buffers

Educational initiatives

Educational initiatives [ PDF 140 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 75 per cent up to $5,000

Project Description:

Initiatives and demonstration projects that promote best management practices eligible under the Ottawa Rural Clean Water Program.

For innovative projects not currently eligible under the ORCWP, please refer to the Innovative Projects Guideline.

Project Details

  • Only not-for-profit organizations are eligible for this project type. The ORCWP will not fund for-profit companies or government agencies.
  • Projects that are predominately research in nature will not be funded.
  • The ORCWP will not fund projects targeting audiences exclusively outside of the City of Ottawa.
  • Applicants must provide a plan identifying the need for the initiative, the target audience, goals and objectives, activities, communication and promotion plan, itemized cost estimates, and timelines.
  • Applicants are encouraged to seek multiple funding partners. Applicants must identify all funding (potential and received) from other partners at the time of submission.
  • Establishment and promotion of demonstration projects for the best management practices promoted by ORCWP.
  • Demonstration projects must have a clear promotional plan, and respond to requests for visiting groups, as feasible
  • Applicants are encouraged to develop materials and events that address the needs of various stakeholders, including agricultural, residential, commercial and industrial.
  • Projects must not duplicate work being done by other agencies or organizations.
  • Production of new materials, reprints, and distribution of existing materials, development and implementation of new events and support of existing or recurring events.
  • All communication materials funded by the ORCWP must be produced in both official languages (English and French).
  • All grants are required to identify the ORCWP as a funding partner in any projects/printed material.
  • Applicants requesting funds for educational initiatives will not be required to complete an Environmental Farm Plan or Healthy Home Guidebook.
  • Applicants will be required to complete a brief report at the end of the project.

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:

  • Materials and supplies
  • Permits and approvals
  • Contract labour and professional fees, including temporary staff such as summer students (costs must be exclusively for the education initiative or implementation of the demonstration project)
  • Translation
  • Printing and Advertising
  • Rental of halls and equipment for events
  • Permits and approvals
  • Reasonable in-kind contributions for applicant’s time or labour ($20/hr) and equipment ($50/hr) associated with the implementation of the proposed project or event

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

  • Meals and beverages
  • On-going operating costs
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Innovative Projects

Innovative projects

Innovative projects [ PDF 136 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 50 per cent up to $5,000

Project Description:

New or innovative projects and practices that have a clear benefit to water quality. Projects will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Project Details:

  • Projects would be considered on a case by case basis, it is incumbent of the project applicant to demonstrate that the proposed project will protect or improve water quality.
  • Projects that are predominately research in nature will not be funded.
  • Applicants are encouraged to seek multiple funding partners. Applicants must identify all funding (potential and received) from other partners at the time of application.
  • Projects must not duplicate work being done by other agencies or organizations.
  • All grants are required to identify the ORCWP as a funding partner in any projects communication material.
  • Applicants are encouraged to contact the Landowner Resource Centre as early as possible to discuss their project idea.

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:

  • Materials and supplies
  • Contract labour and professional fees (including translation)
  • Permits and approvals
  • 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:

  • On-going operating costs
  • Costs related to patenting a product
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Educational Initiatives

Septic system repair/replacement

Septic system repair/replacement [ PDF 140 KB ]

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.

Funding:

  • Maximum grant: 50 per cent up to $1,000
  • Total maximum available funding for this project category is limited to $20,000 per year and will be allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, based on the date a complete application is received by the Program.

Project Description:

Repair or replacement of faulty septic systems; projects must be located within 50 metres of a water body or within a City of Ottawa Wellhead Protection Area (with a vulnerability score 10). A Water body includes:

  1. Watercourse (a naturally occurring drainage channel which includes rivers, streams and creeks);
  2. Municipal and private drains, or
  3. Lakes.

Project Details:

  • The existing system must be located within 50 metres of a water body or within a City of Ottawa Wellhead Protection Area (with a vulnerability score of 10) under the local Source Protection Plan (as per the Clean Water Act, 2006). See the link below to map of the Wellhead Protection Areas (coming soon).
  • Repair or replacement of faulty Class 4 (e.g. household tank and/or treatment trench) and Class 5 (holding tank) private systems.
  • Replacement of Class 1, 2, or 3 systems if they are upgraded to a Class 4 or 5 system.
  • Projects must be constructed in accordance with the Sewage System Permit issued by the Ottawa Septic System Office for Part 8 of the Ontario Building Code; copies of the Sewage System Permit and Completion Certificate will be required if project is approved.
  • If using a contractor or company, they must be certified holding a valid Building Code Identification Number under the Ontario Building Code.

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
  • 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:

  • Regular septic system maintenance (e.g. routine pump outs)
  • Taxes

Other Complementary Grants Available:

  • Well decommissioning
  • Watercourse buffers

WHPA Maps of Wellhead Protection Areas

Our interactive map outlines the locations of Wellhead Protection Areas in the City of Ottawa.