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Markham's Flood Control Program

Markham's stormwater management and drainage systems are key components of the City's infrastructure that help protect the environment and reduce the risk of flooding to private property. Recent studies have identified capacity limitations in older drainage systems that would require significant investments to upgrade.

While most of the City's stormwater management activities are adequately funded through existing sources, a long-term sustainable funding source for flood control projects did not exist. Staff, after extensive consultation with Markham residents and businesses at Community Meetings, recommended the implementation of the Markham Flood Control Program, and the associated funding, to come from the Stormwater Fee.

Flood image on Woodbine and Denison, August 2005

What is Markham’s Flood Control Program?

The Flood Control Program is a long term, City-wide initiative to improve storm drainage capacity and limit surface and basement flooding risks in urban areas. Improvements will provide a more consistent level of service across Markham and help protect both public and private property. The program will also make critical infrastructure more resilient to climate change and extreme weather.

While the City’s program will improve the effectiveness of its drainage systems over the long term, businesses and residents are encouraged to take action to reduce the risk of flood damage on their own properties. This can often be achieved through maintenance of their private drainage system, or where appropriate, implementation of improvements or practices that can reduce flood risks and damages. For tips on what you can do to reduce the risks of flood damage on your property – see our article [PDF] in the fall 2014 issue of Markham Life, a good source of current information on Markham projects, programs and plans.

How will Markham’s Flood Control Program be funded?

To help fund the program, the implementation of a City-wide Stormwater Fee was adopted by Council on November 26, 2013. This Fee will pay for flood control improvement works that lower flood risks and provide a more consistent level of service across the City.

Who Will Pay the New Fee?

To help fund the program, a City-wide Stormwater Fee will be charged to all properties. These fees, combined with Canada Gas Tax funds, will provide dedicated funding for both approved and future storm infrastructure improvement projects City-wide.

How Much is the Stormwater Fee?

The annual rate for residential properties, effective January 2015 is $47 per property unit. The residential fee will be charged once a year through your Markham Tax Bill. Non-residential properties will be charged in 2016.

Community Information Meetings & Council Presentations

Recognizing the importance of drainage services and the potential impacts to residents and businesses, Community Information Meetings were scheduled to provide background on Markham's Stormwater Management Strategy and flood control needs. The sessions provided an opportunity for feedback on adopted flood control policies and funding sources.

Schedule of Past Community Meetings

Consultation with the public and stakeholders about City-wide Stormwater funding options:

  • Tuesday, March 26, 2013
    7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    Centennial Community Centre
    The Penalty Box Lounge
    8600 McCowan Road
  • Wednesday, March 27, 2013
    7:30 – 9:30 p.m.
    Thornhill Community Centre & Library
    North Hall
    7755 Bayview Avenue
  • Tuesday, April 2, 2013
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Angus Glen Tennis Centre
    Upper Lounge
    3990 Major Mackenzie Drive East
  • Thursday, April 4, 2013
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Cornell Community Centre & Library
    Rehearsal Hall
    3201 Bur Oak Avenue
  • Thursday, April 11, 2013
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m.
    Rouge River Community Centre
    Auditorium
    120 Rouge Bank Drive

Presentation Materials used at the meetings above:

Meeting minutes are included in the meeting summary below (see June 10, 2013 General Committee report)

Flood Control Program – Stormwater Fee Implementation Business Community Meeting

  • May 22, 2014
    7:00 – 9:00 p.m. (presentation at 7:30 p.m.)
    Markham Convergence Centre
    7271 Warden Ave.

 

 

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