The majority of the land within the Town of Tecumseh is agricultural; therefore, the need for drainage is important. Tecumseh has over 120 municipal drains within the municipality. The Drainage Act is the provincial legislation regulating the construction, improvement and maintenance of municipal drainage works. It is the Drainage Superintendent's role to follow this legislation as provided by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

If you require information regarding the Town's municipal drains, contact the Drainage Superintendent at 519-735-2184 ext. 105 or the Assistant Drainage Superintendent at 519-735-2184 ext.128.

New Drain Construction

If your land requires drainage, you may file a petition for a drainage works with the Clerk of the Town of Tecumseh. The procedure for petitioning the municipality for a new drainage work follows Section 4 of the Drainage Act.

Drain Maintenance

The municipality maintains drainage works at the expense of all the upstream lands and roads assessed by the Engineer's report. A municipality with an approved Drainage Superintendent may receive a grant for maintenance work.

If you require drain maintenance, complete and submit a Notice of Request for Drain Maintenance and/or Repair to the municipality. The procedure for maintenance and repair work follows Section 74 of the Drainage Act.

Drain Improvement

As a landowner, you can request the municipality to repair or improve the whole or part of a drainage system. Common requests for repair and improvements include:

  • New access bridges or culverts
  • Replacement of existing bridges or culverts
  • Installation of piping to enclose an open drain (ditch)
  • Relocation of the drain (ditch)

If you require drain repair or improvement, complete and submit a Notice of Request for Drain Improvement to the municipality. The procedure for drain repair and improvements follows Section 78 of the Drainage Act.

Drainage Assessments

Landowners that benefit from the construction, improvement, repair or maintenance of a drainage work will be assessed a cost for the work completed. The Engineer's report should contain a plan and profile of the drain, as well as details on the drain design and the assessment schedule. The final assessed value to all landowners will be calculated when the construction work is finished.

If you have questions regarding drainage assessments, a Fact Sheet is available on the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs website. If you have concerns relating to a specific drainage work and your assessed cost, contact the Town's Drainage Superintendent at 519-735-2184 ext. 105 or the Assistant Drainage Superintendent at 519-735-2184 ext. 128.

Species at Risk Mitigation Plan for Drainage Works

When working around municipal drains there is the potential to come across plants and species identified as being at risk. In Ontario, the Endangered Species Act, 2007 (ESA, 2007) legally protects species at risk (SAR) and provides SAR habitat protection from activities that could have potentially negative impacts.

The Town has prepared a Mitigation Plan In accordance with O.Reg. 242/08 of the ESA, 2007.