In class: Stormwater Financing and User Fee Workshop – Mississauga, ON

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December 9, 2019 @ 8:30 am – 4:30 pm America/Toronto Timezone
Credit Valley Conservation - Head Office
1255 Old Derry Rd
Mississauga, ON L5N 6R4
Victoria Kring

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Stormwater user fees can provide dedicated, sustainable and increased funding for traditionally underfunded stormwater services and infrastructure. As a result, municipalities in Ontario and Canada are increasingly recognizing the benefits of adopting a user fee approach to fulfill their stormwater management needs and are increasingly adopting stormwater charges or user fees as their main source of funding.

This course will provide an overview of the rationale for implementing stormwater user fees and will guide participants through assessing and undertaking the options, steps and considerations required to develop a municipal stormwater user fee program.

Topics covered include:

  • How to identify and develop guiding principles to ensure defensibility of a stormwater charge
  • Assessing resources required and available to develop and administer a fee system
  • User fee options and considerations for different communities and property types
  • Assessing and considering public dynamics when developing a user fee
  • Consulting, engaging and educating the public, businesses, elected officials, municipal staff and other audiences
  • Developing user fee policies and by-laws
  • Operational and administrative considerations
  • Developing credit or incentive programs to encourage and recognize stormwater best management practices on private property

Participants will have a chance to discuss real world examples of stormwater user fees through a series of case studies from diverse municipalities. Instructors will share lessons learned from various jurisdictions that have implemented stormwater user fee systems and participants will be able to adapt their learnings to exercises specific their own municipality’s needs.

Learning Objectives:

Upon completion of the course participants will be able to:

  • Explain what stormwater user fees are and have a strong understanding of the rationale for adopting a user fee system
  • Understand different stormwater user fee structures and identify which ones are appropriate for their municipality
  • Assess the resources needed to implement a user fee system
  • Recognize which audiences need to be consulted or engaged when developing a stormwater user fee and some best approaches
  • Be familiar with various approaches to incenting stormwater best management practices on private property and assess which ones are appropriate for their municipality
  • Identify common barriers to implementing a user fee and how to address them


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Who should attend:

This workshop is designed for municipal staff or consultants involved in municipal stormwater services, project management and capital and operating budgets.


Kyle Vander Linden and Victoria Kramkowski

Guest Presenters: Pippy Warburton (AECOM) and Kevin Yaraskavitch (Town of Newmarket)

Additional Information:

Lunch and light refreshments will be provided.

If you have any additional questions or concerns please contact Victoria Kring at

Association ‘discount codes’ are not eligible for this course.

This training event was produced through the Climate Change Adaptation Platform, with support from Natural Resources Canada.

TRCA HST Registration number is 10808 8584 RT001

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