Drainage

Overview

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)
 
LEGISLATION


Drainage Act
 
Tile Drainage Act
 
Agricultural Tile Drainage Installation Act
 

Submissions & Correspondence

OFA submission on proposed Conservation Authorities Act amendments
(June 29, 2017)

OFA Pre-budget Submission 2017
(January 20, 2017)

Pre-budget Submission to Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs
(January 23, 2015)

Pre-budget Brief Letter to Minister of Finance
(January 27, 2014)

Pre-budget Submission to Standing Committee on Finance
(January 16, 2014)


News

Province invests $100 million to reduce bumps in the road
(May 2, 2013 - Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Drainage)

Setting an agenda for farming and food in Ontario
(April 26, 2013 - Farm Animal Care, 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)

Infrastructure tops OFA focus in provincial budget
(July 18, 2014 - Rural Economic Development, Drainage, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

OFA partners with municipal representatives to improve rural infrastructure
(July 25, 2014 - Rural Economic Development, Drainage, Natural Gas Infrastructure)

Cropland drainage practices detailed in BMP resource
(September 24, 2014 - Drainage)

Working with ROMA for improved infrastructure in rural Ontario
(February 3, 2017 - Municipal Government, Rural Economic Development, Telecommunications, Property Assessment and Taxation, Drainage, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities )

OFA disappointed provincial budget does not grow agriculture
(April 28, 2017 - Rural Economic Development, Agri-Food Research, Environmental, Energy, Education, Business Risk Management, Transportation, Telecommunications, Income Tax, Property Assessment and Taxation, Drainage, Natural Gas Infrastructure, Provincial Funding Transfers to Municipalities , Climate Change)


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