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CWQA Partner organizations, committees, groups, etc..



Water Quality Association (WQA)

Our sister organization in the United States 


WQA primarily represents the sector of the water treatment industry devoted to treating water on the homeowner's or business-owner's property. We often refer to this aspect of treatment as the Final Barrier that prevents waterborne contaminants from entering a home or business. Whether your water arrives from a community treatment plant, municipal well or other source, WQA's member companies are committed to making that water safe and aesthetically pleasing for those who consume or use it.


Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH)


The Canadian Institute of Plumbing & Heating (CIPH), founded in Montreal in 1933, is a not -for-profit trade association that is committed to providing members with the tools for success in today's competitive environment. More than 260 companies are members of this influential Canadian industry association. They are the manufacturers, wholesaler distributors, master distributors, manufacturers' agents, and allied companies who manufacture and distribute plumbing, heating, hydronics, industrial, waterworks, and other mechanical products. CIPH wholesalers operate more than 700 warehouses and showrooms across Canada. Total industry sales exceed $6 billion annually. 


CIPH is the Association Management company for CWQA.  They provide the professional staff, administrative support, office space, supplies, technology, and equipment our association needs to operate efficiently. 


American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE)

The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is the international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. ASPE is dedicated to the advancement of the science of plumbing engineering, to the professional growth and advancement of its members and the health, welfare and safety of the public.  The Society disseminates technical data and information, sponsors activities that facilitate interaction with fellow professionals, and, through research and education, expands the base of knowledge of the plumbing engineering industry. 


CWQA and ASPE have an MOU in place to exchange information and knowledge.


Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing (CACP)


The Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing (PIAC) acts in an advisory capacity to participating accredited organizations on matters pertaining to standards and conformity assessment programs affecting plumbing.  The Council is intended to provide an important opportunity for members to share new concepts and ideas, to discuss policy and programs, and to review innovations and new technologies that affect standards and the certification and testing of plumbing products.  The Council advises accredited certification organizations on the suitability of new plumbing products to meet existing related Codes or Standards. 


Kevin Wong sits on the council.


Plumbing Industry Advisory Council (PIAC)


The Plumbing Industry Advisory Council was created in August 1970 to provide the industry source of technical information and viewpoints to CSA International, and ultimately to the Chief Plumbing Inspectors and code writers who make up the Canadian Advisory Council on Plumbing. PIAC members represent CIPH Manufacturers, MCA-Canada, the Canadian Copper and Brass Development Association, the Canadian Water and Wastewater Association, the Canadian Water Quality Association, Plumbing Manufacturers International (USA) and the Engineering Society. This broad membership gives PIAC the expertise to act as the voice of the Canadian Plumbing Industry.


Kevin Wong sits on the council.


 CIPH website


Standing Committee on Plumbing and HVAC

How the national codes are developed detailed in link. 

The Standing Committee on Plumbing and HVAC is responsible for a code or sections of a code and related documents, such as user's guides, and advises on technical issues and recommended changes. The membership for each Standing Committee conforms to a matrix that provides for regulatory, industry, and general interest categories as well as equitable geographical representation.


Kevin Wong sits on the standing committee.


The Coalition for Effective Waste Reduction in Ontario (CEWRO)


The Coalition for Effective Waste Reduction in Ontario (CEWRO) comprises fifteen trade associations that represent the views of manufacturers and retailers whose products would be obligated under the proposed Waste Reduction Act, Bill 91. CEWRO collectively represents more than 40,000 businesses operating in Ontario, and contributes more than $315 billion and 908,000 jobs to the Ontario economy.


Kevin Wong represents CWQA on the CEWRO.


Ontario Plumbing Inspectors Association Inc. (OPIA)

The Ontario Plumbing Inspectors Association Inc. (OPIA) is a non profit organization dedicated to protecting the health and well being of the Province of Ontario through safe plumbing. Founded in 1920, our primary purpose is to promote the improvement of plumbing standards to insure protection of the environment, promote the advancement of knowledge concerning the safe installation of plumbing and to insure safe and adequate potable water systems in the Province of Ontario. We presently have over 800 members made up of Plumbing and Building Inspectors, Plumbing and Building Contractors, plumbers and apprentices, Engineers, Engineering technicians, Drain Contractors, manufacturers and others interested in the promotion of safe plumbing practices.


Kevin Wong participates with OPIA.


Association of Home Appliance Manufacturers (AHAM)

More than 40 years ago, home appliance manufacturers perceived the value in organizing a trade association to serve their common needs and purposes.  This strategic alliance brought together manufacturers of a number of different home appliances, whose industry efforts were fragmented in a number of trade organizations.  The consensus in 1967, and reaffirmed several times thereafter, was that the common challenges of multi-product and single product home appliance manufacturers could best be served through a singularly focused trade organization.  That focus was, and remains today – to serve the shared interests of these manufacturers and their customers.  The association’s mission is serving the home appliance industry  while delivering value to consumers through leadership,education and advocacy.


CWQA participates with AHAM.


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