Tank Program eligibility and funding

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Program Eligibility

The program is intended to continue the work that was begun under the Underground Petroleum Storage Tank Site Remediation Program that was introduced in October 2000 and closed to new applicants in 2002. The priority for the new program is to make additional funding available to participants from the original program who have encountered heavy contamination on their eligible sites.

The program is also accepting new applications from municipalities and owners of small retail gas stations. Eligibility will be determined using the same criteria that were applied under the original program.

Eligible sites must have had a tank installed prior to the Alberta Fire Code amendments of September 1, 1992. The program does not include large retailers or non-retail operations such as trucking operations, bulk fuel plants, and municipally owned-and-operated refuelling depots. Also not included are small retail gas stations that have been out of service for more than two years and still have tanks in the ground unless they are within:

  • 500 m of a water well;
  • 200 m of surface water;
  • 150 m of an underground structure that has a subsurface depth of greater than five metres and is accessible to the public (e.g. a subway station or parking garage);
  • one of the following 23 municipalities with sensitive groundwater resources:
1. Village of Andrew 9. Village of Rosalind 17. Town of Killam
2. Town of Canmore 10. Town of Smoky Lake 18. Village of Lougheed
3. Village of Cremona 11. Town of Turner Valley 19. Town of Oyen
4. Village of Delburne 12. Village of Bon Accord 20. Village of Sedgewick
5. Village of Entwistle 13. Village of Chauvin 21. Town of Sundre
6. Town of High River 14. Town of Eckville 22. Village of Fort Assiniboine
7. Village of Longview 15. Village of Forestburg 23. Municipality of Crowsnest Pass
8. Town of Okotoks 16. Town of Hardisty  

Program Funding

Owners from the original program who have encountered heavy contamination and have either A) remediation costs that will exceed the maximum available grant, or B) spent their own funds in excess of the maximum available grant, may be eligible to receive up to an additional $50,000 per site in assistance.

Eligible new applicants may receive a base grant of up to $110,000 per site to conduct an environmental site assessment and carry out any necessary remediation, as well as up to an additional $50,000 per site to conduct further remediation of sites with heavy contamination

The maximum base grant for multiple sites is dependent on the number of sites owned by the applicant(s). The following table shows the maximum grant available for owners with different numbers of sites:


Grant Funding Per Site*

No. of Sites Owned

Maximum Base Grant

Maximum Additional Funding for Heavy Contamination
















6 or more



*Amount of the grants is based on the number of sites owned and not on the number of grant applications submitted or the number of sites requiring additional funding. For example, an owner of five sites who submits applications for three sites will only be eligible to receive $77,000 per site for base grants and $35,000 per site for heavy contamination.

Further, an owner of six sites is not eligible for any funding under the program, even if only two may require remediation.


  • Date modified: 2016-12-22