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Drainage Superintendents Course

The primary focus of the course is the Drainage Act with emphasis on its application to drainage superintendents. This course is a prerequisite for individuals who wish to become a municipal drainage superintendent.

Have you ever wondered...

  • What is a "municipal drain"?
  • Who pays for the cost of maintaining or repairing a municipal drain?
  • Does the municipality own the land on which a drain is located?
  • Can a landowner dictate how a drain is to be maintained and which contractor should be used?
  • Whose job is it to assess drainage costs to the landowners?
  • What’s the superintendent’s role in the development of new drains?
  • What’s the superintendent’s role in mutual agreement drains and private drains?
  • What environmental legislation and initiatives do I need to know about before working on a drain?

Find the answers to these and other questions at the Drainage Superintendents Course!

March 2 - 6, 2020

Ontario Government Building
Conference Rooms 1 and 2
1 Stone Road West
Guelph  ON  N1G 4Y2

Monday: 9:00am - 4:00pm; Tuesday - Friday: 8:30am - 4:00pm

Registration is now closed. Course will be offered again in Winter 2021.

Course Topics

  • common Law as it relates to drainage
  • Mutual Agreement Drains
  • role and responsibilities of the engineer under the Drainage Act
  • process for developing new municipal drains
  • process for improving existing drains
  • municipal drain management
  • roles, responsibilities and practical aspects of the drainage superintendent
  • environmental regulations that impact municipal drains

A certificate will be given to participants who successfully complete the course.


$ 565.00 (includes HST)

Lunches are provided.

Fee includes a copy of the Drainage Act Pocket Book.


You are responsible for your own accommodations.


  • course registration will be limited to 30 individuals
  • priority will be given to applicants who require the course as a condition of their employment as drainage superintendent or with an engineering firm involved in work under the Drainage Act
  • other applicants will be accepted on a first come, first served basis
  • *only one registration per municipality or drainage engineering firm

Registration is now closed. Course will be offered again in Winter 2021.


There are no dates available at this time. Please contact us for assistance.

Drainage Act Pocket Book (included with course registation)

Image of Drainage Act Booklet cover$21.00 (includes GST and shipping)

This booklet contains an annotated copy of the Drainage Act, RSO 1990 and the Agricultural Drainage Infrastructure Program policies.  It’s pocket size and spiral binding make it a practical and convenient reference document for drainage superintendents, drainage engineers and others working under the Drainage Act.




Drainage Act Pocket Booklet with Annotations

Pocket size booklet



For bulk orders, please complete the order form.


Reviewed 02/06/2020