Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA)

CWWA is a non-profit national body representing the common interests of Canada’s public sector municipal water and wastewater services and their private sector suppliers and partners. CWWA is recognized by the federal government and national bodies as the national voice of this public service sector.

Company details

Unit 11, 1010 Polytek Street , Ottawa , Ontario K1J 9H9 Canada

Locations Served

Business Type:
Professional association
Industry Type:
Water and Wastewater
Market Focus:
Nationally (across the country)
Year Founded:
less than $1,000,000 US


The Canadian Water and Wastewater Association (CWWA) was established in 1986 to represent the common interest of Canada's municipal water and wastewater systems to federal and interprovincial bodies with respect to policies, programs, national codes, standards, and legislation. CWWA's membership has expanded to include other than municipal systems, giving our members an even stronger voice in Ottawa. CWWA celebrated its 25th anniversary in 2011.

A Canadian Organization

  • the Association that addresses Canadian water and wastewater issues at the national level
  • founded in 1986 by Canadian municipal water/wastewater leaders and the Federation of Canadian Municipalities

CWWA’s Objectives

  • be the national representative and voice on water and wastewater issues
  • promote sensible policies
  • promote legislation that is relevant and practical
  • advocate regulations that are effective yet not burdensome
  • enhance partnerships, networking and information flows
  • focus on national management and policy issues
  • encourage effective and relevant research
  • create better public awareness and correct misconceptions


CWWA provides the means for this essential public service sector to communicate with federal and national bodies about:

  • legislation and regulations
  • policies and programs
  • guidelines, codes and standards
  • research activities and findings

Linkage with Others

The Association focusses its activities and communications on significant national issues, trends and events. It works closely with other organizations to further the sector’s interests and to create public awareness and support through:

  • cooperation with Canada’s six regional water and wastewater Associations
  • membership services, annual seminars and special workshops
  • partnerships with federal, provincial and municipal government agencies, other national organizations in Canada, with counterpart Associations in other countries, and with international organizations
  • representation of the Canadian municipal water and wastewater services sector internationally joint/cooperative
  • activities with the American Water Works Association, the Water Environment Federation, and their Canadian affiliates.

CWWA has established both Networks and Committees on key subjects of interest to members and non-members.

Committees are composed of members only. An exception will be made to include chairs of parallel committees from Member Associations.

Committees are intended to provide a pool of experts CWWA staff can consult with when developing policy and position statements on key issues. Committee members provide advice and expertise on technical matters. Committees are also intended to represent member interests on technological issues.

Each Committee is headed by a Chair who is responsible for identifying key issues to the staff leading any Committee meetings, and aiding in the clarification of Committee positions.

CWWA has developed an Administrative Policy for its Committees that outlines the difference between our Committees and Networks, as well as describes the procedure for meetings, and adding new members.