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News Release - Manitoba and Winnipeg

March 28, 2014


More Manitoba Homeowners can Protect their Property from Basement Flooding: Minister Chief, Mayor Katz

The Manitoba government, the City of Winnipeg and other rural municipalities are helping Manitoba families protect their homes from basement flooding by providing up to $3,000 or 60 per cent of their costs to install a sump pump and sewer backup value this year, Children and Youth Minister Kevin Chief, minister responsible for the City of Winnipeg, and Mayor Sam Katz announced today.

“Our homes are one of the most important investments we make for our families.  As homeowners we need to take advantage of this proactive strategy to protect our property and reduce the risk of basement flooding,” said Minister Chief.  “Nearly 3,000 Manitobans took advantage of the first subsidy program.  Extending this subsidy for another year will help even more families protect their homes against possible damage that can take thousands of dollars to repair.”

Under the Building Manitoba Fund, this municipally administered program will provide homeowners up to $3,000 or 60 per cent of their costs.  Homeowners can receive a maximum of $1,000 towards the installation of an approved in-line backwater valve and up to a maximum of $2,000 towards the installation of a sump pump and pit drainage system.

The province, the City of Winnipeg and other participating municipalities will cost-share the installation of sump pumps and backup valves. 

“The subsidy program is a proactive way for the City of Winnipeg to work with homeowners to protect one of their greatest assets,” said Mayor Katz.  “Basement floods can result in the loss of family items and many hours of inconvenience.  Protecting homes through a cost-sharing program is a sound investment of Winnipeggers and the city.”

Homeowners must hire a plumber currently licensed to perform the eligible labour, ensure appropriate permits are obtained and arrange for the necessary inspection of the work.  Homes required by code to have a sump pump/pit and backup valve at the time of construction will not be eligible for the subsidy.

Information on the program can be found at:

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