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  • Angela Jonkman, P.Eng.
    • Manager, Land Development
      Manager, Municipal Drains

Municipal Drains Engineering Solutions

Municipal drains have been a fixture of Ontario's rural infrastructure since the 19th century and are vital components of our water and drainage systems. Without them, many areas of the province would be subjected to regular flooding, damage to crops, and increased public health risks.

Municipal drains are created under the authority of the Drainage Act. Under the Drainage Act, an engineer is customarily called upon to “act” for the purpose of preparing a report for a municipal drain. Municipal drains are initiated by a Petition from landowners. New Reports may also be required for repair or improvement of an existing municipal drain or to update the report to accommodate the subdivision of lands. The report of an Engineer is also required to "abandon" a section of drain when it is no longer required.

What We Offer

Our Drainage Engineers have considerable experience preparing Engineering Reports in accordance with Drainage Act, R.S.O. 1990, c. D.17, having completed over 150 municipal drains projects under the act.

Our services related to municipal drains include:
  • Preparation of Engineering Reports
  • Drainage Assessment
  • Drainage Allowance
  • Award Drains
  • Petition Drains
  • Compliance with Drainage Act
  • Provision of Drainage Superintendent

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Municipal Drains Engineering Solutions Expertise

Completion of Engineer’s Reports has become very complex over the years and includes discussions and negotiations with representatives of Fisheries and Oceans Canada, Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry, Conservation Authority, local landowners, and special interest groups. Extensive studies and special designs are required to arrive at a solution that is practical yet meets the additional requirements imposed under the Fisheries Act, Endangered Species Act, Conservation Authorities Act and other requirements that may be imposed on a particular project, including protection of designated wetlands.

Our Drainage Engineers have given evidence before the Ontario Agricultural, Food and Rural Affairs Tribunal, and Ontario Drainage Referee, having been declared an expert witness by the Tribunal and the Referee.

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