Rain Garden Rebate Program
Install a rain garden on your residential property and you may be eligible for a rebate up to $500 for plants and supplies.
To qualify for a rebate, participants must:
1) Install a rain garden on a residential property in the City of Thunder Bay;
2) Attend a Rain Garden Workshop hosted by EcoSuperior OR download and complete the online tutorial (coming soon!). Click here to register for a rain garden workshop.
3) Fill out a Rain Garden Rebate application form, found in the Rain Garden Resource Package. EcoSuperior will provide a rain garden site visit to approve the project and answer any questions. Our staff will also take "before" photos.
4) If approved, install your rain garden.
5) Book a follow-up rain garden site visit with EcoSuperior to complete program evaluation forms.
6) Submit your receipts for approved expenses to receive reimbursement by cheque.
What expenses are eligible for the Rain Garden Rebate?
- Perennial plants (at least 50 percent must be wildflowers or native plant species)
- Soil amendments (sand, compost, low-clay topsoil)
- Gravel or rock
- Edging (flagstone or other pavers, metal, plastic)
- Other pre-approved expenses
The 2018 Rain Garden Rebate Program is funded by the City of Thunder Bay and the Province of Ontario. The program is delivered by EcoSuperior.
What is a rain garden?
A rain garden is a landscaped depression that will soak up rainwater runoff from the roof of a house or garage, or other hard surface like a parking area. The rainwater is absorbed into the soil instead of flowing into a storm drain that empties into our local streams. Rain gardens are often planted with wildflowers or other plants that provide homes and food for birds and insects.
Rain gardens absorb rainwater, so they can help:
Looking for ideas and inspiration to create your rain garden? Click here to visit our Facebook gallery for more rain gardens in Thunder Bay.
Local rain garden, shortly after installation.