Item - 2017.AU10.9

Tracking Status

  • City Council adopted this item on November 7, 2017 without amendments.
  • This item was considered by the Audit Committee on October 27, 2017 and adopted without amendment. It will be considered by City Council on November 7, 2017.

AU10.9 - Improving the Effectiveness of the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

City Council Decision

City Council on November 7, 8 and 9, 2017, adopted the following:  

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to periodically review:

 

a. the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program's objectives, intended outcomes and the value of the Program;

 

b. how long the Subsidy Program should continue to be made available to the public and whether the funds and administrative resources should be repurposed to fund other areas of high priority for Toronto Water; and

 

c. whether potential changes to the subsidy amount and the eligibility conditions are required.

 

2. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to establish Program milestones and performance measures based on the level of subsidy awareness achieved or expected timelines for phasing out the Subsidy Program as stages of infrastructure projects are completed.

 

3.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to periodically track and analyze data on reported basement flooding incidents against data related to the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program to:

 

a. identify whether homeowners directly impacted by basement flooding are participating in the Subsidy Program;

 

b. assess if the Subsidy Program has played a worthwhile and effective role in preventing basement flooding in the City; and

 

c. determine recurring trends, emerging issues and training needs.

 

4. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to establish an ongoing quality control process to identify and correct errors and omissions including system-based controls to validate data entry and protect key fields in the Residential Database.

 

5. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to evaluate the costs and benefits of implementing an online application process for the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program and maintaining electronic copies of subsidy application documentation in the Database.

 

6.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to review and clarify certain eligibility conditions of the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program and assessment processes and ensure staff are appropriately trained on any revisions.

 

7.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to establish a reasonable timeframe for applicants to submit outstanding information and deny Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program applications not meeting this requirement.

 

8. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to:

 

a. implement a risk-based approach to selecting sump pump installations for internal verification by Toronto Water staff; and

 

b. evaluate the benefits of requesting all homeowners to submit photographs with their Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program applications.

Background Information (Committee)

(October 13, 2017) Report from the Auditor General - Improving the Effectiveness of the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107814.pdf
Audit at a Glance - Improving the Effectiveness of the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107816.pdf
Attachment 1: Improving the Effectiveness of the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107815.pdf

Communications (City Council)

(November 6, 2017) E-mail from Sharon Yetman (CC.New.AU10.9.1)

Motions (City Council)

Motion to Adopt Item (Carried)

Vote (Adopt Item) Nov-07-2017 2:12 PM

Result: Carried Majority Required - AU10.9 - Adopt the item
Total members that voted Yes: 30 Members that voted Yes are Paul Ainslie, Maria Augimeri, Jon Burnside, John Campbell, Christin Carmichael Greb, Shelley Carroll, Josh Colle, Gary Crawford, Joe Cressy, Glenn De Baeremaeker, Justin J. Di Ciano, Sarah Doucette, Paula Fletcher, Michael Ford, Mark Grimes, Jim Hart, Stephen Holyday, Norman Kelly, Mike Layton, Chin Lee, Giorgio Mammoliti, Josh Matlow, Denzil Minnan-Wong, Frances Nunziata (Chair), James Pasternak, Gord Perks, Jaye Robinson, Neethan Shan, John Tory, Lucy Troisi
Total members that voted No: 0 Members that voted No are
Total members that were Absent: 15 Members that were absent are Ana Bail„o, Vincent Crisanti, Janet Davis, Frank Di Giorgio, John Filion, Mary Fragedakis, Michelle Holland, Jim Karygiannis, Mary-Margaret McMahon, Joe Mihevc, Cesar Palacio, Anthony Perruzza, David Shiner, Michael Thompson, Kristyn Wong-Tam

AU10.9 - Improving the Effectiveness of the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program

Decision Type:
ACTION
Status:
Adopted
Wards:
All

Committee Recommendations

The Audit Committee recommends that:  

 

1. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to periodically review:

 

a. The Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program's objectives, intended outcomes and the value of the Program.

 

b. How long the Subsidy Program should continue to be made available to the public and whether the funds and administrative resources should be repurposed to fund other areas of high priority for Toronto Water.

 

c. Whether potential changes to the subsidy amount and the eligibility conditions are required.

 

2. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to establish Program milestones and performance measures based on the level of subsidy awareness achieved or expected timelines for phasing out the Subsidy Program as stages of infrastructure projects are completed.

 

3.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to periodically track and analyze data on reported basement flooding incidents against data related to the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program to:

 

a. Identify whether homeowners directly impacted by basement flooding are participating in the Subsidy Program.

 

b. Assess if the Subsidy Program has played a worthwhile and effective role in preventing basement flooding in the City.

 

c. Determine recurring trends, emerging issues and training needs.

 

4. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to establish an ongoing quality control process to identify and correct errors and omissions including system-based controls to validate data entry and protect key fields in the Residential Database.

 

5. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to evaluate the costs and benefits of implementing an online application process for the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program and maintaining electronic copies of subsidy application documentation in the Database.

 

6.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to review and clarify certain eligibility conditions of the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program and assessment processes and ensure staff are appropriately trained on any revisions.

 

7.  City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to establish a reasonable timeframe for applicants to submit outstanding information and deny Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program applications not meeting this requirement.

 

8. City Council request the General Manager, Toronto Water, to:

 

a. Implement a risk-based approach to selecting sump pump installations for internal verification by Toronto Water staff.

 

b. Evaluate the benefits of requesting all homeowners to submit photographs with their Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program applications.

Origin

(October 13, 2017) Report from the Auditor General

Summary

This report provides results of the Auditor General's review of the administration and oversight of the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program managed by the Toronto Water Division. More specifically, we assessed the design and objectives of the program, compliance with program eligibility requirements, and controls over payment processing.

 

Through the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program, the City is assisting homeowners to take action to reduce the risk of basement flooding on their private property by offering eligible homeowners a financial subsidy of up to $3,400 per property to install flood protection devices. The Subsidy Program has been available to homeowners for over ten years. As of December 2016, over $36.5 million in subsidies have been paid to approximately seven per cent of eligible homeowners across the City.

 

We found that Toronto Water is effectively administering the Program. This audit report contains eight recommendations to help the City continue to improve controls, administration and performance monitoring of the Subsidy Program. Implementation of these recommendations will also lay the foundation for the Program to achieve its objectives in the short and long term.

Background Information

(October 13, 2017) Report from the Auditor General - Improving the Effectiveness of the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107814.pdf
Audit at a Glance - Improving the Effectiveness of the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107816.pdf
Attachment 1: Improving the Effectiveness of the Basement Flooding Protection Subsidy Program
https://www.toronto.ca/legdocs/mmis/2017/au/bgrd/backgroundfile-107815.pdf

Motions

1 - Motion to Adopt Item moved by Councillor Michael Ford (Carried)
Source: Toronto City Clerk at www.toronto.ca/council