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BCOSSA Trade Show, Conference,

Education Day and 19th Annual AGM


February 6 & 7, 2015

Chilliwack Coast Hotel

Chilliwack, BC

(778) 432-2120


BCOSSA is where industry experts share new ideas and the latest technology related to wastewater treatment water uses, conservation, in addition to Stormwater Management and much more.


This is your chance to network with sponsors and exhibitors from a wide variety of industry segments.


We invite you to share with us your ideas and technology at this Industry Event.


For more information and the registration package please click here.


This is your chance to network with sponsors and exhibitors from a wide variety of industry segments

We invite you to share with us your ideas and technology at this Industry Event.




BCOSSA Calls on the Government to Stop Under Qualified Transfers Under AIT/TILMA


In April BCOSSA sent out an article to clarify how inter-province trade agreements worked (AIT/TILMA) and to ask members how these agreements effected their businesses. In general those who responded to the questions outlined in the article (“Understanding Inter-Provincial Trade Agreements and Their Effect on BC’s Onsite Industry”) indicated that the effect of the agreement on the BC industry had been generally negative. The responses received provided the general opinion that those practitioners coming from other jurisdictions had insufficient training and/or understanding of the processes and regulation in BC.


This opinion seems to be shared by ASTTBC who in a recent press release stated:


 “Sometimes applicants come to B.C. with training and licensing from another jurisdiction          

and in these cases ASTTBC is obligated under a federal agreement to certify the workers.         

The challenge for the organization is that the qualifications and competencies of these  

practitioners may not be the same as those trained and certified in BC”


ASTTBC with funding from the Province of BC is exploring the possibility of developing national education standards with the other Canadian Provinces.


BCOSSA applauds the efforts of the Province and ASTTBC and has supported the ideology of national standards for the onsite industry since 2000.


Development of common standards in the onsite industry in Canada is a difficult and time consuming process. The process is made even more difficult given the considerably different regulatory processes and standards of practice found throughout the ten provinces.


At the same time, as ASTTBC spends time working with other provinces to develop common training standards, practitioners from other provinces continue to enter the BC market through AIT. 


The training and education from other provinces  may not be sufficient to meet the mandate of the Sewerage System Regulation. This in turn causes the BC industry to be undermined in fulfilling their duty of care to protect public health.


Recently, BCOSSA has become aware of Registered Practitioners who have restricted registrations obtaining licenses from other provinces with more lenient licensing criteria. With the license from another province they are able to obtain new registration from ASTTBC.  ASTTBC under AIT/TILMA cannot refuse to accept the licensee and give them full registration without restrictions.


This use of AIT/TILMA further undermines the BC regulation process.


ASTTBC’s study and ultimate development of national training competencies is a laudable goal but,given the current regulatory environment in the onsite industry in Canada, it will be some time before this goal is achieved.


While ASTTBC is carrying out this work, BCOSSA has asked Honourable Shirley Bond, Ministry of Jobs, Tourism & Skills Training who is responsible for inter-provincial trade (AIT/TILMA)to implement a temporary postponement of license transfer in accordance with the inter-provincial agreements. 


A temporary postponement of license transfer for the onsite industry in BC would allow for a reestablishment of education and registration standards that allow for the Sewerage System Regulation to functionally protect public health.


BCOSSA will continue to encourage the provincial government to review the effects of AIT/TILMA and ensure that persons entering BC  are properly qualified to function under BC regulation and protect public health.






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CSA-B65 is the first national standard practice for design and installation of onsite systems.

Get your copy of the standard by following the link. HERE


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Long waits, repeat collection calls, uncertain credit.

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BCOSSA offers credit card service for all your large and small jobs!

BCOSSA’s credit card service allows you to accept credit card payments from your clients using BCOSSA Merchant services.

A 3.39% service fee will be charged for each transaction, no ongoing merchant fee and no minimum charge or transaction fee.

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