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Rain Garden Rebate Program

The 2019 Rain Garden Rebate program is now open. 

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) Attend a Rain Garden Workshop (SOLD OUT) or complete the Rain Garden Online Workshop and Quiz:

2) Fill out and submit a Rain Garden Rebate application form. EcoSuperior will provide a rain garden site visit to approve the project before installation and answer any questions. Our staff will also take "before" photos.

3) If approved, install your rain garden. **Must be on a residential property within the City of Thunder Bay.**

4) After completion, book a follow-up rain garden site visit with EcoSuperior and complete the program evaluation form.

5) Submit your receipts for elible expenses to receive a reimbursement of up to $500. 


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 2019 Rain Garden Rebate Program is funded by the City of Thunder Bay Infrastructure and Operations department and 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:

  • recharge our groundwater
  • protect neighbourhoods from flooding and drainage problems
  • keep our streams clean by reducing the amount of polluted stormwater that goes into streams from storm drains
  • provide habitat for birds, butterflies and insects.

Looking for ideas and inspiration to create your rain garden? Click here to visit our Facebook gallery for more rain gardens in Thunder Bay.



 Thunder Bay rain garden shortly after installation. 




562 Red River Road,
Thunder Bay, Ontario
P7B 1H3

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Phone: 807-624-2140
Fax: 807-622-0005

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