Training Opportunities Operators of First Nations Systems


The Walkerton Clean Water Centre has partnered with the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) and the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Council (KO) to develop and provide drinking water training that meets the specific needs of First Nations communities and their operators.

The following training initiatives have been identified by the partners:

  • Entry Level Course for Drinking Water Operators
  • Operator training plans
  • Continuing education training for operators
  • Training for First Nation management
  • Training for First Nation leadership

The initial project, the Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators for First Nations, is being offered at no fee with travel and accommodation expenses reimbursed for operators in First Nations communities in Ontario.

 It is delivered over a two week period as follows:

Week 1: self-study workshop in classroom setting with one instructor
Week 2: classroom/hands-on with two instructors

For scheduled dates and locations visit www.wcwc.ca/en/training/first-nations-zone/

For more information, please contact the following:

Richard Shawanda
OFNTSC
rshawanda@ofntsc.org
705-698-0240
Denis Nault
Keewaytinook Centre of Excellence
denisnault@kochiefs.ca
807-737-1135 ext. 4000
Corinne Louther
WCWC
clouther@wcwc.ca
866-515-0550 ext. 312

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC) delivers Indigenous Services Canada’s (ISC) Circuit Rider Training Program (CRTP) in Ontario. The CRTP provides First Nation operators with hands-on training on how to operate, service and maintain the water and wastewater systems in their community.

  • Occurs at the system where the operator works.
  • Can be used towards the on-the-job training requirement for renewing a drinking water certificate and towards the 40 hours of annual training required for a wastewater licence.

For more information on the CRTP, visit the Government of Canada website.