Western Canadian Spill Services   :   Spill preparedness and response support since 1972.

THE WCSS Purpose

Cooperatives operate within specific geographic areas.

The petroleum companies in each Co-op work together to achieve a state of spill response readiness. To accomplish this Cooperatives maintain spill contingency plans and strategically place OSCARS (Oil Spill Containment and Recovery units) that are available to all member companies in the area. They hold annual training exercises and provide educational funding for their membership. In an effort to continually improve, Co-ops are often involved in research and development projects. 


June 24, 2021

In-Person Training
As restrictions are being lifted in our jurisdictional boundaries, WCSS is planning to offer in-person open registration training, now available through our online registration and payment tool!  

We will continue to make our go/no-go decisions to offer in-person training 30 days prior to the scheduled date for our coop exercises.  That said, we are very excited to be seeing some more positive results regarding vaccination rates and case counts.

Please note that even after July 1st, masks will be optional at all WCSS events and we are still encouraging staff, instructors, students, and volunteers to maintain 2m distance where possible.  If you are not feeling well, please do not plan to attend any in-person training.  We still have a solution for you...

eLearning Training
We are pleased to announce that we have been able to restructure our coop exercises to be more efficient for our member companies by introducing 4 new eLearning modules, supplemental to the 3-hr field sessions that we have planned.  The WCSS Orientation has been in place for a couple of months now; if you haven't had a chance to review it, please do!  

Member companies are not required to pay for the eLearning modules; please contact info@wcss.ab.ca to receive your discount code.

In-House Contract Training
WCSS is happy to handle in-house contract training requests on a case by case basis to work towards finding solutions to your training needs.  

If you are interested in contract training, please contact Amy Grenier at (403) 837-0629 / amy.grenier@wcss.ab.ca.  

Equipment Access During COVID-19 Pandemic

WCSS staff have a plan in place to continue operations remotely.  As per our regular maintenance program, your initial spill response equipment remains in a state of readiness and we will be maintaining consistent communication with our custodians to ensure access.

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