New Fees for the Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Program come into effect on January 1, 2016
The Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks will be increasing fees for the Water and Wastewater Operator Certification Program effective January 1, 2016.
Existing operator certification program fees – which have remained unchanged since 2004 – account for only half of the true cost to deliver the program. By adjusting fees and adopting the new fee structure, the ministry will recover close to 100 per cent of program costs.
The ministry conducted a full cost assessment and took into account how much time, effort and expertise are needed to provide each service. The ministry also performed a jurisdictional review of operator certification fees being charged for very similar programs across Canada and the United States.
The new fees are similar to what other jurisdictions charge and reflect special consideration to new operators/students and small system owners and operators, to ensure that services remain affordable for these groups.
In addition to increases to the current fees, the ministry is introducing new fees, also effective January 1, 2016, for:
- Temporary drinking water certificate renewals
- Wastewater Operator-in-Training (OIT) certificates
- Wastewater facility classifications
- Reassessment of Director approved courses
Temporary Drinking Water Certificates
Drinking water operators can apply for a temporary certificate if they were unable to get the required training to have their certificates renewed. Applications for a temporary drinking water certificate must be approved by the program Director.
Currently, temporary drinking water certificates are issued at no cost. However, as with all applications – whether they are for certificate renewals, upgrades or temporary certificates – time, effort and technical knowledge are dedicated to reviewing and assessing each one. Continuing education, training and viable experience as well as all the possible substitutions which may apply need to be carefully considered.
New fees for temporary drinking water certificates will be the same as the fee for all certificate renewals, $145.
Wastewater Operator-in-Training Certificate Issuance Fee
The ministry is introducing a new fee to issue wastewater OIT certificates. The new fee reflects the effort and resources that are needed to issue these certificates, and brings it in line with drinking water OIT certificates.
The new fee for all wastewater and drinking water OIT certificates will be $40, and must be submitted with the completed application.
Wastewater Facility Classifications
Wastewater facilities have been exempt from paying fees to have their facilities classified since 2004 when fees for drinking water system classifications were set.
Introducing this new fee will ensure a consistent approach to facility classifications and help recover the costs associated with providing this service.
Starting January 1, 2016, all wastewater and drinking water facility owners will be required to pay a $475 facility classification fee.
Reassessing Director Approved Courses
Commencing in 2016, Director approved training courses will be reassessed every three years to ensure they continue to be relevant and current. Until now, training providers have not had to pay a fee for course reassessments.
The new fee for course reassessments has been determined based on the work involved, and reflects the true cost for providing this service.
Starting January 1, 2016, training providers will be charged a $125 fee for each course reassessment. More information will be sent to training providers about this new requirement in early 2016.
Access the new fees table here.