Property owners are required to maintain the ditches on their properties.
Property owners are also required to maintain ditches along public roads in easements at the front or side or their property to ensure that there are no obstructions to runoff. This requirement applies to ditches next to properties up to 120 m long that meet the following criteria:
The required maintenance involves removing by hand or with a mower any debris or vegetation obstructing the water runoff.
Trenching, backfilling and slope adjustments are prohibited.
Diverting, filling or doing any work that changes the shape or direction of a ditch along a public road are prohibited.
Gatineau is the fourth largest city in the province of Quebec with close to 285,000 inhabitants.