First Nations Zone - Tools and Information


Many First Nations communities in Ontario choose to follow provincial training and certification requirements, and participate in Ontario’s Operator Certification and Training Program.

The Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) is committed to supporting First Nations drinking water systems in Ontario. Established in 2004, the Centre provides a state-of-the-art facility and highly skilled research and training staff to meet the specific needs of drinking water operators in Ontario, including operators in First Nations communities.

Operator Certification and Training

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation (OFNTSC), Keewaytinook Okimakanak/Northern Chiefs Council (KO) and the Walkerton Clean Water Centre (WCWC) have entered into a partnership to collaborate on projects that support drinking water operator training, certification and mentorship to First Nations communities in Ontario. Information about the projects being undertaken through this collaborative effort will be communicated to all First Nations communities in Ontario. Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) – OFNTSC, KO, WCWC

WCWC provides the following training that is mandatory for all drinking water operators who participate in Ontario’s operator certification program:


The Entry-Level Course for Drinking Water Operators is being redeveloped for operators of First Nations systems to help meet specific training needs. The revised course will be offered starting the Fall of 2017.

ELC Introduction Letter to Tribal Councils in Ontario – September 2017

For information on the operator certification program and how to obtain a certificate, visit the Ontario Water Wastewater Certification Office (OWWCO) website:

For communities with small drinking water systems, visit our website's Small Systems Zone for training and resources related to small systems.

WCWC Helpline Services

WCWC offers a service for Ontario’s owners, operators, and operating authorities of drinking water systems and members from the public. Through this initiative, WCWC provides information, education and advice to address questions related to drinking water including treatment processes, equipment, operational requirements and environmental factors.
WCWC has a considerable amount of technical knowledge to offer and will strive to provide you with tailored information relating to your query.
Call the helpline toll free at 1-855-306-1155 or email