Fair Fees for Stormwater

Environment Hamilton has begun outreach to have Hamilton introduce a new fair fee for stormwater in our city - but we can't do it without your support. Read and sign the petition below!

More information can be found on our website here.

Dear Mayor Eisenberger and City Council,


I am calling on you to address the rising costs and risk of stormwater management in the City of Hamilton by listening to staff recommendations to reevaluate how we, as a city, pay for the costs of our stormwater management system.  As it stands now, households pay for rising stormwater management costs primarily through our water bills. Property owners contributing the most to stormwater runoff which strains our system, pollutes our environment and degrades our infrastructure pay little or none of the costs of dealing with the problem. This approach to stormwater fees has resulted in an underfunded system. Residents don’t see how much we are paying and why. I want fair fees for Hamilton to provide:


1. Transparency (see what we’re paying for)

2. Equity (everyone pays their fair share)

3. Sustainability (city can reliably fund and prepare for the future)

4. Incentives (encourage people to do better, reward those who do)

5. Stewardship (protecting environment and water quality)

I urge you to support Environment Hamilton’s call to adopt a fair stormwater fee system, following the lead of other Ontario municipalities.

Who's signing

Tom Langdon
Dan Hughes
Mike Dunne
Russell Filman
John Kelly
Barb Allen
Barbara Jepson
Dianna Matthews
Nishan Zewge-Abubaker
Mike Gill
Debbie Vance
Lyn Folkes
Barbara Phillips
329 signatures

Will you sign?

  • Tibor Bocz
    signed 2016-07-04 13:59:38 -0400
  • Tom Langdon
    signed 2016-07-04 13:30:54 -0400
  • Ron Jones
    signed 2016-07-04 13:30:30 -0400
  • Stephen Officer
    signed 2016-07-04 13:12:01 -0400
  • Mary DiBacco
    signed 2016-07-04 12:55:48 -0400
    definitely time for this………
  • Pat Ward
    signed 2016-07-04 11:36:33 -0400
  • Rosemary Anstey
    signed 2016-07-04 11:25:02 -0400
  • Harold Marquis
    signed 2016-07-04 11:07:28 -0400
    Harold Marquis
  • Dan Hughes
    signed 2016-07-04 10:19:42 -0400
  • Mike Dunne
    signed 2016-07-04 09:54:27 -0400
  • Michael Loree
    signed 2016-07-04 08:05:39 -0400
  • Russell Filman
    signed 2016-07-04 08:04:30 -0400
  • John Kelly
    signed 2016-07-04 08:00:18 -0400
  • Barb Allen
    signed 2016-07-04 07:47:51 -0400
    Council – It is time to act on this issue.
  • Robert Kerr
    signed 2016-07-04 07:40:37 -0400
  • Barbara Jepson
    signed 2016-07-04 07:19:28 -0400
    What about a bylaw to reduce the extent of footprint and driveway surfaces on lots?
  • Sofanna Mundo
    signed 2016-07-04 07:15:32 -0400
  • Dianna Matthews
    signed 2016-07-03 19:00:25 -0400
  • Nishan Zewge-Abubaker
    signed 2016-06-29 13:10:30 -0400
  • Mike Gill
    signed 2016-06-29 13:08:25 -0400
    Thank you Christine Yachouh for sharing this noble initiative with me!!
  • Debbie Vance
    signed 2016-06-25 17:06:10 -0400
  • Bob Huget
    signed 2016-06-24 08:15:05 -0400
    I am Tired of paying almost as much as electricity for water and wastewater..while I pay and pay, property owners with large paved lots pay nothing! . Please stop the corporate giveaways and please stop expecting residential property owners to pay for them.
  • James Stolllard
    signed via 2016-06-22 22:41:51 -0400
    Stormwater runoff fundraising should rely mainly on impermeable surface area owned.
  • Susan Wortman
    signed 2016-06-21 11:50:00 -0400
  • Joseph van Troost
    signed via 2016-06-20 23:42:56 -0400
  • Lyn Folkes
    signed 2016-06-20 20:58:05 -0400
    Large impervious surfaces cause excessive runoff after major rainstorms, so it only makes sense that anyone with large impervious surfaces on their property should contribute towards paying for the costs related to this problem.
  • Rose Janson
    signed via 2016-06-20 16:01:23 -0400
  • Barbara Phillips
    signed via 2016-06-20 13:27:25 -0400
  • Kerry Brookes
    signed 2016-06-20 11:51:42 -0400
    I think that those who divert rain run-off into rain barrels should be positively recognized and those whose impervious surfaces contribute to greater run-off should be penalized to such an extent that they will recognize the financial benefits of rectifying the situation .
  • Jim Mackey
    signed 2016-06-20 10:33:45 -0400
    Incentives need to be directed beyond just those who anxious to do what’s right, to those properties that reflect a destructive resistance to change.