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. Each household may apply once a year for each grant.

Cloth diapers

Until a child is toilet trained, he or she will go through 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 pay young families up to $100 when they purchase cloth diapers.

Conditions:

  • Diapers must have been purchased no more than 12 months before the application is submitted.
  • The child must be less than 12 months old, or if adopted, the adoption must have taken place less than 12 months ago.

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.

Shredder blades for lawnmowers

Grasscycling involves leaving grass clippings on the lawn after mowing. This method adds many nutrients to the soil. In addition, it reduces the amount of green waste sent to landfill. This grant provides a rebate of up to $50 off the cost of purchasing the grasscycling shredder blade.

Conditions:

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

Removal or replacement of old wood heaters

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

To reduce air pollution from these old devices, 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 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 certified by the RBQ for the work performed.
  • All required documents must be submitted BEFORE December 31 of the reference year.

Rain barrels

Rainwater is unchlorinated, temperate 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 citizens a grant of up to $50 to purchase a rain barrel, up to a maximum of 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.

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 original toilet must be recycled (e.g., at the Écocentre).
  • The toilet must be connected to the municipal sewer system.
  • It must have at least one of the following characteristics: 6 litres or less; dual flush; WaterSense certified; designated HET (high-efficiency toilet).

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:

  • You can purchase a kit from the Environment Division of the City of Vaudreuil-Dorion.

One human, one tree

On the birth or adoption of a child, Vaudreuil-Dorion residents can receive up to $75 on 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), black cherry (Prunus serotina), 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 (Elaeagnus 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.), fir (Abies spp.), black willow (Salix nigra), Littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata spp.), linden (Tilia americana spp.)
  • Minimum height 1 m for deciduous and 1.75 m for coniferous species.
  • Minimum diameter 30 mm at 30 cm from the ground.
  • 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 notice of violation or a statement of offence are not eligible for this grant.

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), black cherry (Prunus serotina), 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 (Elaeagnus 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.), fir (Abies spp.), black willow (Salix nigra), Littleleaf linden (Tilia cordata spp.), linden (Tilia americana spp.)
  • Minimum height 1 m for deciduous and 1.75 m for coniferous species.
  • Minimum diameter 30 mm at 30 cm from the ground.
  • Purchase made in a store located within the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 12 months prior to the application.
  • Mandatory plantations under a notice of violation or a statement of offence are not eligible for this grant.

Planting of 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 Division 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.
  • Selected plants must be native, adapted to the host environment and recognized for being characteristic of shorelines.
  • Purchase made in a store located within the MRC de Vaudreuil-Soulanges in the 12 months prior to the application.
  • At the end of the project, the shoreline must present three strata of vegetation (trees, shrubs and grasses).
  • All documents must be provided BEFORE December 31 of 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.

TreeAzin® treatment of 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.

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

Conditions:

  • Eligibility must be determined by an employee of the Environment Division BEFORE treatment.
  • Trees must be at least 15 cm in diameter at chest height and in good health as judged by the Environment Division employee.
  • The treatment must be done between August 1 and August 31 of the year of the grant application.