Circuit Rider Training Program

Indigenous Services Canada's Circuit Rider Training Program provides First Nation operators with hands-on training on how to operate, service and maintain the water and wastewater systems in their community, so that First Nations communities have safe access to drinking water. It is a key component of the Government of Canada's First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan.

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About the program

Indigenous Services Canada helps First Nation communities build and retain the capacity to operate, service and maintain their water and wastewater systems.

The Circuit Rider Training Program is a long-term capacity building program that provides training and mentoring services to operators of First Nations drinking water systems and wastewater systems. Qualified experts rotate through a circuit of First Nations communities, training the people responsible for operating, monitoring and maintaining drinking water and wastewater systems. These experts assist First Nations operators in obtaining and maintaining their certification and may also provide advice to chiefs and councils on how to develop and maintain their own safe water systems.

The program supports First Nations in:

Through the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action plan, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada invests over $10 million per year in the Circuit Riders Training Program. This plan aims to improve the quality of life of First Nation communities by assisting First Nations to provide better water and wastewater services to their residents. Trained operators are key in helping First Nation communities to reduce and prevent risks and to ensure safe drinking water.

Indigenous Services Canada also supports public water and wastewater systems through its Capital Facilities and Maintenance Program.

Who can apply?

Any First Nations band that operates a public drinking water system or wastewater system is automatically enrolled in this program. Any band can choose not to participate by informing their nearest Indigenous Services Canada's regional office.


There are no deadlines for this program, First Nations can access it at any time.

How to apply?

First Nations do not need to apply for this program. Any band that operates a public drinking water system or wastewater system is enrolled in the program automatically. Indigenous Services Canada's regional offices hire a roster of qualified experts who are available to train First Nation operators. For more information, band council members can contact their nearest Indigenous Services Canada regional office.

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