Environmental Grants

To encourage citizens to take action for the environment, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion has established several grant programs related to waste reduction, air quality improvement, drinking water conservation and the planting of trees and plants.

General Conditions

Grants are for residents, not companies. They're in effect throughout the year, subject to availability of funds. The reference year runs from January 1 to December 31. Each household may apply once a year for each grant. Applications are processed for the year in which they are submitted and require a minimum refund of $15 to be eligible. The rebate amount is calculated before taxes.

Cloth diapers

Toilet training of a child requires 5,000 to 7,000 disposable diapers—that means 4.5 trees and 22 kg of plastic obtained from 67 kg of crude oil. It also means over a ton of waste that will take more than 500 years to decompose.

To address this problem, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion will reimburse young families 50% of the cost of purchasing or renting cloth diapers, including swim diapers, flat diapers, diaper pants, inserts and liners. Maximum $100 per child and per household.

Conditions:

  • Diapers must have been purchased or rented from a company established in Québec no more than 12 months before the application is submitted.
  • The child(ren) must be not yet born, less than 12 months old, or if adopted, the adoption must have taken place less than 12 months ago.

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Proof (from a competent authority) of the applicant’s parental responsibility and showing that the child is unborn or is less than 12 months old, or that the adoption has taken place less than 12 months ago.
  • Proof of purchase or rental including type(s) of diaper, company name and address, GST and QST numbers, and date of purchase or rental contract.

Consumer products

Based on the principles of refuse/reduce/reuse/recycle/repurpose, more and more zero-waste products are available on the market. To encourage the adoption of such products, the City will reimburse 50% of the purchase cost of reusable products replacing a single-use product up to $100/year per household. The amount is increased by 75% if the products were bought from a Vaudreuil-Dorion business. Eligible products are as follows:

  • Plastic or wool dryer balls
  • Battery chargers and rechargeable batteries (AA, AAA, C, D)
  • Washable breastfeeding compresses
  • Menstrual cups
  • Reusable bowl covers
  • Washable training diapers
  • Washable incontinence/bedwetting/menstrual pads or pants
  • Reusable beeswax food wrap
  • Reusable protective masks (fabric)
  • Reusable paper towels
  • Reusable coffee filters or pods
  • Washable handkerchiefs and reusable toilet paper/family cloth
  • Reusable squeeze pouches for fruit compotes, yogourt, etc.
  • Reusable shopping bags
  • Reusable produce bags
  • Washable incontinence underwear (including swimwear)
  • Washable makeup removal pads

Conditions:

  • Purchase made from a company established in Québec no more than 12 months prior to the application.

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Proof of purchase including type(s) of product, company name and address, GST and QST numbers, and date of purchase.

Composters

The aim of composting is to reclaim waste on-site and decrease the amount of garbage sent to landfill. It's easy to do at home.

This grant will reimburse residents up to $50 for the purchase or construction of a composter, up to a maximum of two composters per household annually.

Conditions:

  • Purchase made in a store located within the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 12 months prior to the application.

Required documentation:

  • Form and proof of residence.
  • Proof of purchase indicating type(s) of composter or material, company name and address, GST and QST numbers, and date of purchase.
  • Photos before and after the installation of composter(s) showing the building, as well as a photo of the building façade with the address.
  • Proxy or written agreement of owner (if applicable).

Manuel lawnmowers and shredder blades for lawnmowers

Grasscycling involves leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing, which adds nutrients to the soil and reduces the amount of green waste sent to landfill. Under this grant, up to $50 of the cost of purchasing a manual roller lawnmower (excluding any gas or electric mower) or grasscycling shredder blades will be reimbursed. Purchase of a lawnmower is not eligible.

Conditions:

  • Purchase made in a store located within the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 12 months prior to the application.

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Proof of purchase specifying that it was for a manuel landmower or shredder blades, along with company name and address, GST and QST numbers, and date of purchase.
  • Photo of the blade(s) and mower.
  • Proxy or written consent of owner (if applicable).

Radon detectors

Radon is a radioactive gas naturally present in the earth as a result of uranium breakdown. It’s colourless, odourless and flavourless, and when released into the air it mixes with other gases. When this happens, the concentration is too low to constititute a health hazard, but radon gas cgan leak into buildings and accumulate there. If the concentration is high enough, it can lead to health problems; in fact, radon is the second leading cause of lung cancer in Québec. In 2019, the City participated in the 100 Kits Challenge organized by the Take Action on Radon Coalition. Read the report (in French) detailing the results of this initiative.

To measure radon levels in residential buildings, the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion sells radon detectors* for just $5, including analysis and shipping. For a conclusive test, the detector must be left in the same place for at least three months and up to 12 months. Only one detector may be purchased per household.

*In accordance with current government measures, all City of Vaudreuil-Dorion buildings are closed until further notice. Since radon testing must be done for a minimum of three months in the winter, the City has decided to suspend the sale of radon detectors until September 2021. If you have any questions, please contact the Environment Sectio (450 455 3371, option 1 or by e-mail).

Conditions:

  • Must be purchased at Vaudreuil-Dorion City Hall.
  • Follow instructions for long-term testing of indoor air radon, issued by the Association pulmonaire du Québec.

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Proxy or written consent of owner (if applicable).

Radon Mitigation System

If the concentration of radon in a residential building is above the Canadian Action Level (200 Bq/m3), it is recommended that work be done to reduce the concentration of the gas. To help citizens add a radon mitigation system to their homes, the City will reimburse 50 per cent of the cost of installing a radon mitigation system to a maximum of $500 per residence.

Conditions:

  • Installation of the radon mitigation system performed after January 1, 2021 by a PNCR-C certified company located in Quebec.
  • All documents must be submitted BEFORE December 31 of the reference year, the year in which the work was carried out.
  • The radon concentration must be above the Canadian Action Level (200 Bq/m3, including the margin of error).

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Proof of purchase of a radon mitigation system specifying the product(s) purchased, the name and address of the company, the GST and QST numbers and the date of purchase.
  • Radon test results.
  • Photo of the installation of the mitigation system.
  • Proxy or written consent of owner (if applicable).

 

Removal or replacement of old wood heaters

Non-certified wood-burning appliances that do not meet EPA or CSA B415.1 standards release a huge quantity of fine particles due to incomplete combustion of the wood. These particles affect air quality and penetrate easily into the lungs, posing a danger to public health.

To reduce air pollution, the City offers $250 for removal or $500 for replacement of an old wood heater in Vaudreuil-Dorion homes.

Conditions:

  • Eligibility must be determined by an employee of the Engineering and Environment Division BEFORE the work is done.
  • The old heater must not be any of the following: EPA or CSA B415.1 compliant; in a secondary residence; non-functional or decorative; located in a non-living area (e.g., a garage).
  • The old appliance must be recycled (supporting documents needed).
  • The new heater must be all of the following: bought in a store located in the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges; new; wood, gas or pellet-burning (not electric or ethanol-burning); compliant with all environmental, safety and installation standards; compliant with municipal by-laws (including obtaining a permit from the City); installed in a residence according to manufacturer's instructions; installed by a contractor licensed by the RBQ for the work performed.
  • All required documents must be submitted BEFORE December 31 of the reference year (year when the work was done).

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Photos of old heater before dismantling.
  • Photos of an installed smoke/carbon monoxide detector (if applicable).
  • Photos of removal of old unit and installation of new one (if applicable).
  • Proof of new heater’s compliance with EPA or CSA 415.1 standard (if wood-burning).
  • Proof of purchase (if applicable) stating company name and address, RBQ licence number, make and model of new appliance, GST and QST numbers, purchase date and installation date.
  • Proof that the old unit was recycled.
  • Certificate of compliance for new heater (if applicable).
  • Proxy or written consent of owner (if applicable).

Bikes and accessories

The bicycle is an ideal means of transport for the city. Whether it's used for shopping, commuting or just for a ride, cycling helps reduce traffic congestion and greenhouse gas emissions, increases travel efficiency and is good for your health.

In order to promote healthy lifestyles while reducing greenhouse gas emissions on its territory, the City offers its citizens a subsidy for the purchase of bicycles. It provides a maximum reimbursement of $50 for a new bike or $75 for a used bike. Bicycle accessories to increase their carrying capacity are also accepted. The City subsidizes 50% of the cost of purchasing a bike bag, bike trailer or infant seat to a maximum of $50 per residence.

Conditions:

  • Purchase made in a business located on the territory of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
  • The refund request must be sent to the City within a maximum of 12 months following the purchase.
  • The purchase of a three-wheel electric scooter, scooter, electric scooter or electric bike is not eligible for this grant.

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Photos of the bike(s), reflectors and helmet.
  • Photos of purchased bike accessories (if applicable)
  • Proof of purchase specifying the name and address of the company, the GST and QST numbers and the date of purchase.

Rain barrels

Rainwater is unchlorinated, warm and pH-balanced. It can be used for watering flowerbeds, gardens and lawns, washing vehicles or filling a swimming pool. One barrel reduces drinking water consumption by 4,000 litres a year.

The City offers grants of up to $50 for the purchase of rain barrels (maximum two barrels per household per year).

Conditions:

  • Purchase made in a store located within the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 12 months prior to the application.

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Proof of purchase specifying rain barrel type(s), company name and address, GST and QST numbers, and purchase date.
  • Photos before and after the installation of rain barrel(s) showing the building, as well as a photo of the building façade with the address.
  • Proxy or written consent of owner (if applicable).

Low-flow toilets

A standard toilet uses 13 to 20 litres for each flush. When you replace an old toilet with a low-flow toilet, you save at least 50 litres of water a day.

Residents can receive up to $75 when they buy a low-flow toilet. Maximum two toilets per household per year.

Conditions:

  • Purchase made in a store located within the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 12 months prior to the application.
  • The old toilet(s) must be recycled. (Please note that toilets collected during the bulky waste collection are not recycled. Only those brought to the ecocentre are recycled.)
  • The toilet(s) must be connected to the municipal sewer system.
  • The new toilet(s) must have at least one of the following characteristics: 6 litres or less; dual flush; WaterSense certified; designated HET (high-efficiency toilet).

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Proof of purchase specifying toilet type(s) and showing that the required specifications are met, company name and address, GST and QST numbers, and purchase date.
  • Photo of toilet before work.
  • Photo of installation of low-flow toilet.
  • Proof that the original toilet(s) have been recycled (signed document from the company responsible for recycling).
  • Proxy or written consent of owner (if applicable).

Plumbing kits

Using low-flow shower heads and taps reduces the quantity of water consumed, without decreasing water pressure.

The City has purchased water-saving plumbing kits and sells them to citizens at low cost. Prices are as follows:

  • Basic kit ($5): kitchen tap aerator, bathroom tap aerator, toilet tank bag and small fixed showerhead
  • Design kit ($10): kitchen tap aerator, bathroom tap aerator, toilet tank bag and medium-sized fixed showerhead
  • Deluxe kit ($10): kitchen tap aerator, bathroom tap aerator, toilet tank bag and telephone showerhead

A household may purchase more than one kit.

Conditions:

  • Must be purchased at Vaudreuil-Dorion City Hall.

Required documentation:

  • Application for and proof of residence

One human, one tree

On the birth or adoption of a child, Vaudreuil-Dorion residents can receive up to $75 for the purchase of a tree.

Conditions:

  • Only the following species are eligible for this grant: downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea spp.), Canadian serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), smooth serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis spp.), common alder (Alnus glutinosa), American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), oak (Quercus spp.), coffeetree (Gymnocladus diocus), spruce (Picea spp.), sugar maple (Acer saccharum spp.), Amur maple (Acer ginnala spp.), Freeman maple (Acer x freemanii spp.), red maple (Acer rubrum spp.), honey locust (Gleditsia spp.), ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba spp.), maackia (Maackia amurensis), magnolia (Magnolia spp.), horse chestnut (Aesculus spp.), larch (Larix spp.), hackberry (Celtis occidentalis spp.), white mulberry (Morus alba spp.), Turkish hazel (Corylus colurna), black walnut (Juglans nigra), Russian olive (Elaegnus angustifolia spp.), elm (Ulmus) (Homestead, Accolade, Resista, Triumph or Frontier), Princeton elm (Ulmus americana), Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila), Amur cork tree (Phellodendron amurense spp.), pine (Pinus spp.), crabapple (Malus) (Snowdrift, Dolgo, Indian Magic or Prairifire), hemlock (Tsuga spp.), common plum (Prunus domestica)(Garden Plum or President), Japanese plum (Prunus salicina) (Burbank, Early Golden, Formosa or Santa Rosa), fir (Abies spp.), black willow (Salix nigra), Littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata spp.), linden (Tilia americana spp.)
  • Minimum height of 1 m for a conifer or minimum diameter of 30 mm, 30 cm above the ground, for a hardwood tree.
  • Purchase made in a store located within the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 12 months prior to the application.
  • The child must be less than 12 months old, or if adopted, the adoption must have taken place less than 12 months ago.
  • Mandatory plantations under a statement of offence are not eligible for this grant.

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Proof of purchase including tree species, height and diameter, company name and address, GST and QST numbers, and date of purchase.
  • Photos of plantation site before and after planting, and of building façade showing address.
  • Proof (from a competent authority) of the applicant’s parental responsibility and showing that the child is less than 12 months old or that the adoption has taken place less than 12 months ago.
  • Proxy or written consent of owner (if applicable).

Verdissons Vaudreuil-Dorion (Let's make our city greener)

This grant offers Vaudreuil-Dorion homeowners a refund of up to $75 per tree. Each household can receive a grant for two trees each year.

Conditions:

  • Only the following species are eligible for this grant: downy serviceberry (Amelanchier arborea spp.), Canadian serviceberry (Amelanchier canadensis), smooth serviceberry (Amelanchier laevis spp.), common alder (Alnus glutinosa), American hornbeam (Carpinus caroliniana), oak (Quercus spp.), coffeetree (Gymnocladus diocus), spruce (Picea spp.), sugar maple (Acer saccharum spp.), Amur maple (Acer ginnala spp.), Freeman maple (Acer x freemanii spp.), red maple (Acer rubrum spp.), honey locust (Gleditsia spp.), ginkgo (Ginkgo biloba spp.), maackia (Maackia amurensis), magnolia (Magnolia spp.), horse chestnut (Aesculus spp.), larch (Larix spp.), hackberry (Celtis occidentalis spp.), white mulberry (Morus alba spp.), Turkish hazel (Corylus colurna), black walnut (Juglans nigra), Russian olive (Elaegnus angustifolia spp.), elm (Ulmus) (Homestead, Accolade, Resista, Triumph or Frontier), Princeton elm (Ulmus americana), Siberian elm (Ulmus pumila), Amur cork tree (Phellodendron amurense spp.), pine (Pinus spp.), crabapple (Malus) (Snowdrift, Dolgo, Indian Magic or Prairifire), hemlock (Tsuga spp.), common plum (Prunus domestica)(Garden Plum or President), Japanese plum (Prunus salicina) (Burbank, Early Golden, Formosa or Santa Rosa), fir (Abies spp.), black willow (Salix nigra), Littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata spp.), linden (Tilia americana spp.)
  • Minimum height of 1 m for a coniferous tree or minimum diameter of 30 mm, at 30 cm from the ground, for a deciduous tree.
  • Purchase made in a store located within the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 12 months prior to the application.
  • Mandatory plantations under a statement of offence are not eligible for this grant.

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Proof of purchase including tree species, height and diameter, company name and address, GST and QST numbers, and date of purchase.
  • Photos of plantation site before and after planting, and of building façade showing address.
  • Proxy or written consent of owner (if applicable).

Planting of banks and shorelines

The City subsidizes 50% of the cost of trees, shrubs and herbaceous perennials for replanting a riparian strip of up to 5 m from the top of the embankment, for a maximum of $300.

Conditions:

  • Eligibility will be determined by an Environment Section employee BEFORE the work begins and after submission of a planting plan to scale including plant locations, species and sizes; a technical specificaton showing the project cost breakdown, the ground cover, planting techniques and mitigation measures used to comply with best practices in riparian strips; and any other documents needed for analysis of the application and that may be required, at the discretion of the analyst, to complete the review of the application.
  • The planting must be carried out in accordance with municipal regulations (including obtaining a permit from the City).
  • Selected plants must be native, adapted to the host environment and recognized for riparian characteristics.
  • Purchase made in a store located within the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
  • All documents must be provided BEFORE December 31 of the reference year (the year in which the work was done).
  • Mandatory plantations under a notice of violation or a statement of offence are not eligible for this grant.

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Plantation plan.
  • Proof of purchase including species or type of vegetation, height and diameter, company name and address, GST and QST numbers, and date of purchase.
  • Photos of plantation site before and after planting.
  • Proxy or written consent of owner (if applicable).

TreeAzin® treatment of private ash trees

The Emerald Ash Borer, an exotic insect from Asia, is attacking ash trees in North America. The mortality rate is close to 100%. Infestation can be prevented with TreeAzin®, a botanical insecticide that can protect ash trees against the insect and extend their lives.

For ash trees on residentially zoned private property, the City will pay 50% of the cost of treating up to two ash trees per household per year (maximum $200 per tree).

Conditions:

  • Eligibility must be determined by an employee of the Environment Section BEFORE treatment.
  • Trees must be at least 15 cm in diameter at chest height and in good health as judged by the Environment Section employee.
  • The treatment must be done between June 1st and August 31st of the reference year.
  • All documentation must be submitted BEFORE December 31st of the reference year, the year in which the work was carried out.

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Proof of treatment indicating contractor name, treatment date, number of ashes treated, chest-height diameter of each ash treated, product used, and GST and QST numbers.
  • Proxy or written consent of owner (if applicable).

Emerald ash borer-affected private ash trees cutting

It is often advisable to cut down ash trees showing signs of emerald ash borer infestation to limit the damage they can cause when they fall. The grant consists of a reimbursement of 50% of the cost of cutting ash trees located on private property in residential areas, to a maximum of $400 per address per year.

Conditions:

  • Eligibility must be determined by an employee of the Environment Section BEFORE cutting.
  • Each ash tree cut must be replaced with a medium or large spread tree. Its size must be at least 1 m high for a coniferous tree or a minimum diameter of 30 mm at 30 cm from the ground for a deciduous tree, except in exceptional cases.
  • The purchase of the new tree must be made in a business located on the territory of the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges.
  • The cutting of ash trees must be done by a contractor located in the MRC of Vaudreuil-Soulanges after January 1st, 2021.
  • The cutting of ash trees and the planting of new trees must take place within the 12 months preceding the application.
  • A felling permit must have been obtained from the Permits and Inspections Division and must be respected.

Required documentation:

  • Application form and proof of residence.
  • Proof of the ash tree cut detailing the contractor, the date of the cut, the individual cost for each tree cut, the GST and QST numbers.
  • Proof of purchase specifying species purchased, grade(s) (height and diameter), company name and address, GST and QST numbers and date of purchase.
  • Photos of the planting site, before and after the work, and of the building facade showing the address.
  • Photos before and after the ash is cut down.
  • Proxy or written consent of owner (if applicable).