Rain Ready Program

City of Ottawa Rain Ready Pilot Project to Help Reduce Runoff

In Spring 2021, the City of Ottawa launched Rain Ready – a pilot program to help homeowners capture more stormwater on their own properties, diverting runoff from city sewers and keeping gardens green.

Why harvest and manage stormwater?

Studies from 2011 and 2019 both noted that poor water quality, erosion, flooding, and beach closures were originating downstream, in older Ottawa neighbourhoods that weren’t built with the current standard of stormwater ponds.

As of February 24, 2021, the retrofit areas include: Pinecrest Creek, Westboro and the Eastern Subwatershed areas. Residents within the identified priority stormwater retrofit areas will be eligible for professional assessments to offer suggestions for suitable retrofits.

Homeowners interested in proceeding with upgrades can qualify for financial incentives of up to $5,000 to cover the cost of installing permeable driveways, rain gardens or “soakaway pits” that absorb water, as well as redirecting downspouts.

The City of Ottawa will be launching an eligibility self-assessment tool, so add the Rain Ready website to your favourites and check back often, or connect with us to confirm if your address is eligible.

Ottawa Landscapers Receive Fusion Landscape Professional (FLP) Training

As part of the Rain Ready project, Ottawa-area landscapers will undergo a subsidized training program offered by Landscape Ontario. Fusion Landscape Professional (FLP) will train local landscapers to incorporate the newest stormwater mitigation solutions into their designs.

Harmony Gardens Landscaping’s ‘Rain Ready’ Role

Harmony Gardens Landscaping has been providing environmentally sustainable stormwater management solutions for years, and were one of the pioneers of permeable paver installation and incorporating low impact development (LID) into landscapes.

As a recognized leader in water conservation with rainwater management, we are thrilled to see part of our landscape construction and maintenance business become qualified for FLP Program Certification. We’re proud to add rainwater management to our services, already supported with our strong depth of knowledge and experience.

Be A Good Environmental Steward

To learn more about Ottawa’s Rain Ready pilot program, or to schedule your professional consultation under the grant, please connect with us.