The Town of LaSalle has over 50 municipal drains, and under the provincial drainage act we are responsible for maintenance, repair, improvements, and expansion of the Town's drain infrastructure. For more information on the Drainage Act, please click here www.ontario.ca/drainage

Costs related to municipal drains are collected in accordance with the Municipal Drainage Billing and Collection Policy.

View map of Municipal drainage within the Town of LaSalle (pdf). 

 

Overview of the Drainage Act Process

 Once a drainage project is started The Town of LaSalle appoints a Drainage Engineer to prepare a drainage report for the municipal drain that is being reviewed. Before the report is adopted by council as a bylaw, there are two public meetings that must be held. For some projects an optional Public Information Center meeting may also be held

Public Information Center (PIC) Meeting - (Optional)
For some municipal drainage projects, the Town's Drainage Engineer may elect to hold a Public Information Center (PIC) meeting. PIC meetings are held once the Town receives a draft version of the report, but before the report is brought to council. The purpose of a PIC meeting is to inform the affected residents of drainage act process, receive their input on the draft report, and to answer any initial questions they may have.
Meeting to Consider
At a scheduled Public Council Meeting, consideration is given to the Engineer's report. All affected landowners are able to express their concerns regarding any technical aspect of the report before Council proceeds to provisionally adopt the report as a By-Law.
Court of Revision

Established under Section 97 of the Drainage Act, the Court of Revision is an appeal body that hears objections to the Schedule of Assessment in the Engineer's report and decides whether they are valid.

An owner of land assessed for drainage works may appeal to the Court of Revision by filing a notice with the Town Clerk on any of the following grounds:

  • Any land or road has been assessed an amount that is too high or too low;
  • Any land or road that should have been assessed has not been assessed; and/or
  • Due consideration has not been given to the use being made of the land.

Once the Engineer's report is adopted by Council at the Meeting to Consider as a provisional By-Law, the first sitting of the Court of Revision takes place at a scheduled Public Council Meeting with notice sent to all owners of the lands and roads assessed for the drainage works containing details of the meeting. 

The Court of Revision does not hear appeals on assessments for Drain Maintenance or Repair after the Engineer's report and the By-Law has already been passed.

Third Reading of Bylaw
Once all appeals have been settled or the time to appeal has expired, the Engineer's report is adopted by Council as a By-Law through a third reading at a Regular Council Meeting.

 

Ongoing Municipal Drainage Act Projects:

St. Michaels Drain

Documents

Meetings

  • A public Information Centre (PIC) Meeting was held on September 28th, 2023 from 4pm to 6pm at Council Chambers within Town Hall. The meeting consisted of an information session about the project followed by an open question period. A recording of the information session is available on the Town of LaSalle YouTube Channel
  • A Meeting to Consider was held on November 28th, 2023 at 4pm.  A recording of the meeting is available on the Town of LaSalle YouTube Channel
  • A Court of Revision Meeting was held on January 11th, 2024 at 4pm.  A recording of the meeting is available on the Town of LaSalle YouTube Channel.

Next Steps

  • The Town will continue to work through the appeals process, in accordance with the Drainage Act. After all appeals have been settled, and the deadline for further appeals passes, the Engineer's Report will be brought back to Council for a third and final reading of the bylaw. 

Chappus Drain

Documents

Meetings

  • A public Information Centre (PIC) Meeting was held June 14th, 2023 at 10am, via zoom. A recording of the meeting is available on the Town of LaSalle YouTube Channel
  • A Meeting to Consider was held on September 26th, 2023 at 6pm, during the regular meeting of council. A recording of the meeting is available on the Town of LaSalle YouTube Channel
  • A Court of Revision Meeting was held on November 16th, 2023 at 4pm.  A recording of the meeting can be found on the Town of LaSalle YouTube Channel.

Next Steps

  • Addendum Number 1 to the Chappus Drain Report, which details changes to the Construction Schedule of Assessment, was received by the Town on November 24th, 2023. Due to these changes, a second sitting of the Court of Revision has been scheduled for February 1st, 2024 at 4pm. The meeting will be held at the LaSalle Civic Centre and will also be streamed live on the Town of LaSalle YouTube Channel. Appeals to the Court of Revision were accepted until January 22nd, 2024.

 

Recently Approved Municipal Drainage Projects

Bessette Drain 

Documents

Meetings

  • A public Information Centre (PIC) Meeting was held on May 15th, 2023 at 10am, via Zoom. A recording of the meeting is available on the Town of LaSalle YouTube Channel.
  • A Meeting to Consider was held on July 25th, 2023 at 4:30pm. A recording of the meeting can be found on the Town of LaSalle YouTube Channel.
  • A Court of Revision Meeting was held on September 14th, 2023 @ 4:00PM. A recording of the meeting can be found on the Town of LaSalle YouTube Channel.

By-law

  • By-law 8809 was read a 3rd and final time at the Council Meeting held on November 14th, 2023.
4th Concession Drain
Documents Meetings
  • Two Public Information Center Meetings were held for this project. The meetings were held on Wednesday July 27th 2022 at 10:00 am  and on Monday October 3rd 2022 at 2:00 pm. Both meetings were held virtually, via Zoom.
  • A  Meeting to Consider regarding the 4th Concession drain project was held on January 24, 2023 at 4:00 pm. For information about the Meeting to Consider or to view the meeting minutes please view our Meeting to Consider page
  • A Court of Revisions meeting regarding the 4th Concession Drain Project was held on March 23, 2023 at 4:00 p.m. For information about the Court of Revision or to view the meeting minutes please view our Court of Revision Meeting page. A recording of the meeting is also available on the Town of LaSalle YouTube page.
Cahill Drain 
Documents Meetings
  • A  Meeting to Consider regarding the Cahill drain project was held on February 22, 2022 at 4:00 pm. For information about the Meeting to Consider or to view the meeting minutes please view our Meeting to Consider page
  • A Court of Revisions meeting regarding the Cahill Drain Project was held on April 7, 2022 at 4:00 p.m. For information about the Court of Revisions or to view the meeting minutes please view our Court of Revision Meeting page.
3rd Concession Drain 
Documents

 

Questions or Comments?

Questions and/or comments about municipal drainage in the Town of LaSalle, or an ongoing drainage project, can be submitted using the form below. 

Municipal Drainage - General Inquiries

 

 

For more information regarding Municipal drainage, or to request an alternative format copy of any documents on this page, please call the Public Works Department weekdays between the hours of 8:30 am to 4:30 pm at 519-969-4143 or use the online Customer Service Portal anytime.