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Rain Garden Rebate Program

The 2020 Rain Garden Rebate program is currently full. Please check back for more details in 2021. 

Install a rain garden on your residential property and you may be eligible for a rebate of up to $500 for plants and other landscaping supplies. 

How does it work? To qualify for a rebate, participants must:

1) Complete Rain Garden online training. Duration: Approximately 2.5 hours. Contact to register. You will be asked to review rain garden resource materials prior to the webinar; these will be provided by EcoSuperior. 

2) Fill out a Rain Garden Rebate application form and submit to EcoSuperior by letter mail or email. EcoSuperior will then contact you to schedule a rain garden site visit to approve the project before installation and to answer any questions. Our staff will also take "before" photos during the visit. 

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 submit original receipts to receive a reimbursement of up to $500.

5) Let us know what you think! Fill out the online program evaluation survey, provided by EcoSuperior. 


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 2020 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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We are offering curbside pick-up through our online store.

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Phone: 807-624-2140

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