Stormwater Charge

Newmarket's Stormwater Management Program


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395 Mulock Drive P.O. Box 328 Station Main, Newmarket, Ontario
L3Y 4X7

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Stormwater Charge​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​

A stormwater charge was introduced in 2017 to help manage the negative effects of stormwater. Before 2017, stormwater was funded through property taxes the water bill. A separate 'user pay' charge was created to ensure those properties that produced more stormwater run off (i.e. commercial / industrial properties) would pay a higher stormwater charge. 

Stormwater Charge will be collected on the Hydro Bill beginning December 2020

The 2020 Stormwater Charge will be collected in four (4) instalments on your Newmarket Hydro Bill on December 2020, January 2021, February 2021 and March 2021.

The Stormwater Charge is not a new charge. It was previously collected with property taxes. The shift to collecting the Stormwater Charge on the Newmarket Hydro bill was made in an effort to streamline the collection process to keep all water-related charges on one bill, provide transparency on the charge, and ease of payment for residents.

The 2021 Stormwater Charge and onwards is scheduled to be collected with the July, August, September and October  Newmarket Hydro Bills.

Questions regarding the utility bill can be directed to Newmarket Hydro by emailing [email protected] or calling 905-895-2309.

What is the Stormwater Charge and why is it important? 

The stormwater charge is like opening a separate savings account for stormwater and setting aside funds. This will ensure there is enough money for future stormwater management improvements.  

Please view the video below to learn more about the stormwater charge and how stormwater management will benefit the community and the environment. 


Runoff Level Group Rates

Your Stormwater Charge is calculated by multiplying the size of your property by the runoff level group rate. To see how your runoff level group rates is assigned, please view the table below.​ These rates on this page were last updated June 2023. Please refer to the Fees and Charges Page for the most up to date rates.
​​​Low runoff level ​group​Medium runoff level group​High runoff level group
Natural area - green space​​​​Medium runoff level groupHigh runoff level group
​Examples: natural areas, vacant properties, golf courses etc.​Examples: residential and institutional properties.​​Examples: Commercial, industrial and mixed-use buildings. 
​$0.024414 per square metre
​$0.119358 per square metre

​$0.238803 per square metre

The following links help provide more information on stormwater management and the stormwater charge. 
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