Where can I purchase Plants and Mulch?
Both plants and mulch are available at most home and garden centres.
Mulch created from diverted evergreen branches is available for purchase at the Waste Management Facility located at 1709 – 40 Avenue.
How much water do mulch and native/drought-tolerant plants save?
It is estimated that approximately 7,600 L of water could be saved for every home that participates in either the mulch or plant rebates. This accounts for approximately 11% of the average resident’s annual water use.
Why do before and after photos have to be taken?
Mulch that qualifies for a rebate must be used for the purpose of:
- Conserving water in a landscaped area
- Reducing erosion and stormwater pollution
Before and after photos demonstrate that the mulch was applied as landscaping or groundcover, rather than for cosmetic purposes.
Native/drought-tolerant plants that qualify for rebates must be used for the purpose of conserving water in a landscaped area. Before and after photos demonstrate that the plants were planted directly in the yard, rather than in pots or planters.
Why is there are qualifying plants list?
The qualifying list was developed to ensure that only non-invasive plants are purchased and planted. The list includes native and drought-tolerant plants that The City has determined grow well under local conditions and support the water conservation and water quality protection goals of the program.
Why can’t I receive a rebate for mulch or plants that were purchased prior to 2019?
There is a limited annual budget. Each year has its own budget and we want to ensure that as many residents have the opportunity to participate as possible.
How many rebates can I get?
Maximum one (1) Plant Rebate and one (1) Mulch Rebate per utility account is permitted.
Can residents who don’t have a utility account apply?
No. Only utility account holders may apply. The name of the applicant must match the name associated with the utility account.
Why can’t I receive a rebate if I don’t have a utility account?
The City provides the rebate as a credit on the utility account for the property. The City does not mail out cheques. In some cases, residents who do not pay their own utility account may wish to approach the utility account owner (property manager, landlord) to make an arrangement to obtain reimbursement for the rebates. The City does not have any authority over this action.
How many rebates are available?
Funding is available for approximately 100 rebates in 2019. Rebates are issued on a first-come, first-served basis.
How long will it take for my rebate to be processed?
A credit will be applied to your utility account within 8-12 weeks.
If I live in a condo association, do I still qualify for a rebate?
As long as you have a utility account, you qualify for both rebates. However, please speak with your condo association to ensure you are able to do your own landscaping.
Can I have the money instead of a credit on my account?
No. There is no cash back option.
Can I apply multiple times if each application doesn’t add up to the maximum rebate amount?
We prefer that a single application is submitted to increase the efficiency of processing applications and rebates. However, more than one application may be submitted as long as the cumulative rebate amount from the applications does not exceed $50.