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WCOWMA was incorporated in 2008 with the mission to protect the health and safety of all Western Canadians by improving the training, certification and practices within the private sewage industry.


With the increase in population density, changing government regulations and new technology, those working in the onsite wastewater (septage) industry have increasingly felt a need to address industry concerns. These concerns include training, representation to government at all levels, and the preservation of public health and the environment.

The Association, under the direction of its provincial chapters offers a program of training which is recognized across Canada as meeting or exceeding the requirements of the Agreement on Internal Trade and the New West Partnership (formerly TILMA).

WCOWMA members focus on strengthening and shaping the onsite wastewater industry through their role as important stewards of the environment and key players in rural land use planning.


WCOWMA members continue to strengthen and shape the onsite wastewater industry through their role as important stewards of the environment and key players in rural land use planning.

Representation Benefits

Setting the national standard for onsite training. Our training program is recognized throughout Canada as the premier onsite wastewater certification program.

Influencing international, national, provincial and municipal regulations. Representatives from WCOWMA participate in a variety of stakeholder groups that provide input to policy makers when regulatory changes that impact the onsite wastewater industry are being considered.

Influencing land use planning in Western Canada. The WCOWMA administration consults with local, regional & provincial governing agencies across Western Canada providing information on onsite wastewater technologies and resources to help them build effective and sustainable wastewater treatment and dispersal policies.

WCOWMA participates in ongoing research on onsite technologies.

A key component of having a healthy and effective onsite industry is ensuring that homeowners have access to the information they need to make sound decisions regarding their onsite wastewater systems. WCOWMA provides that information to the general public through its Septic Sense program, acting as a resource and providing referrals to our member professionals and practitioners.

Holding industry information and networking sessions. WCOWMA’s provincial chapters host a variety of conferences, trade shows, town hall meetings, and education days to share information, update training, and maintain open lines of communication with our membership and the broader stakeholder group.

Monthly newsletters are emailed or mailed out, keeping members abreast with advancements in the onsite industry.

Semi-annual industry magazine.

Business Benefits

Members are listed on our website directory in the regions in which they work.  Homeowners utilize this directory service daily to locate contractors in their area.

WCOWMA’s provincial offices regularly receive calls from homeowners requesting referrals to contractors in their region.  WCOWMA only refers callers to WCOWMA members.

Customized business insurance programs through Lloyd Sadd or the Sustainable Infrastructure Society. This insurance program provides those coverages not generally available through business insurance such as Errors and Omissions coverage and Pollution Liability.

A Group Health Plan is available through Lane Quinn Benefit Consultants to help you with prescriptions, eyeglasses, dental, critical illnesses and other coverages you may require.

You can save 10% on work clothes by presenting the wallet card included in your membership package at the till with your purchases from any Mark’s outlet.

WCOWMA members can take advantage
of preferred pricing customized merchant services for your business through Merchant 1 Payments.

Take advantage of discounts up to 35% off the list price on supplies and parts from NAPA through your WCOWMA membership. Deliveries of products will be free of charge. Freight charges may apply to garage equipment and emergency orders of automotive parts and accessories. 

Every company has an office to provide infrastructure to their business and every office uses business supplies. Through a partnership with Staples Advantage/Corporate Express, WCOWMA members may take advantage of savings of 60% or more on stationery and shop supplies. Staples Advantage/Corporate Express delivers your order right to your door, saving you time. Even if your small office uses only $1000/year in supplies, a savings of 60% more than pays for your annual association membership fees.

Complimentary subscription to Onsite Installer Magazine.

We have partnered with Perkopolis to provide you with over 5000 exclusive perks! Perkopolis is Canada’s largest employee perk program with offers available across Canada and globally. Save on top brands including Apple, Lenovo, Adidas, Westjet, IHG Hotels and Resorts, and more.

We have partnered with two great companies, giving you options for soils testing. Take advantage of member discounts for soil sampling with either of the following companies: Down To Earth Labs (403-328-1133) or ALS Environmental Labs (306-668-8370)

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