Effective January 1, 2021, the well contractor licence application fee increased to $125. The increase brings Ontario’s wells program fees more in line with other Canadian provinces and helps recover a portion of the increasing costs of the licensing program.

Operate a well construction business

By law, to operate a well construction business, you must have a valid well contractor licence.

The licensing of well contractors and technicians promotes and supports enforcement of safe environmental practices to maintain the health of Ontario’s groundwater resources.

A well contractor licence allows your business to be compensated for the following activities:

  • construction, extension or alteration to a well
  • installation of equipment that is in or connected to a well

Your licence expires on March 31, after the year it has been issued. For example, if your licence was issued in 2010, it will expire on March 31, 2021.

Working on wells

You cannot work on a well without a well contractor licence.

You will need a well technician licence or employ a person with a well technician licence to construct, maintain, repair or upgrade a well.

Get a well technician licence.

What it takes to get a well contractor licence

To get a well contractor licence for your business, you must:

  • designate at least one official representative if your business is a corporation or partnership
    • this must be either a director, officer or partner
  • fill out and send in an application form
  • provide proof that you have valid insurance such as a copy or a scan of a Certificate of Insurance (for the period in which you’re operating a well construction business)
  • provide a copy of either:
  • designated person must successfully complete the licensing exam
  • pay the applicable fees

Apply for a well contractor licence

To apply, mail a package that includes:

Mail your package to the address on the application form.

If your business is a corporation or partnership, the official representative (director, officer or partner) must complete and sign the application form.

Fee to apply

The fee is $125 for a licence application.

You can pay by either:

  • cheque
  • money order

Fees are payable to the Minister of Finance.

There’s an administrative fee of $35 required if your bank returns your payment.

Licensing exam

Each official representative must successfully complete a ministry exam.

You need to mail the exam application form to the address on the form.

  • pay the applicable fees
  • set up an appointment for your exam
  • complete and pass the exam

You’ll be notified of the time and date of your appointment (by email or phone) at least seven days before the exam.

If you don’t show up for your exam, you must set up a new appointment.

Fee for the exam

The fee is $25 for the licensing exam.

You can pay by either:

  • cheque
  • money order

Fees are payable to the Minister of Finance.

There’s an administrative fee of $35 required if your bank returns your payment.

Renew your licence

Your licence expires on March 31, after the year it has been issued.

Your licence will expire if you don’t renew it by its expiry date. You will then need to apply for a new licence with all of the requirements outlined above.

To renew your licence, mail a package that includes:

Mail your package to the address on the application form.

If your business is a corporation or partnership, the official representative (director, officer or partner) must complete and sign the application form.

Fee to renew

Effective January 1, 2021, the well contractor licence renewal fee increased to $125.

The increase brings Ontario’s wells program fees more in line with other Canadian provinces and helps recover a portion of the increasing costs of the licensing program.

The fee is $125 to renew your licence.

You can pay by either:

  • cheque
  • money order

Fees are payable to the Minister of Finance.

There’s an administrative fee of $35 required if your bank returns your payment.

If you have not submitted your licence renewal application and fees prior to the expiry of the licence, your licence becomes expired.

Who to employ

By law, if you are engaged in the business of well construction, you must employ appropriately licensed well technicians or licensed professionals including:

  • licensed well technicians (of the correct class) to construct, repair or abandon wells
  • unlicensed individuals to work on a well:
    • if supervised on site by a licensed well technician, with the correct class of licence
    • with an assistant well technician identification card, if a supervising well technician is within 1 hour of the site and properly supervising the individuals
  • persons who are identified in the Wells Regulation as “experienced professionals” and who are only performing activities allowed by the Wells Regulation

Get assistant well technician ID cards

Well contractors can apply for an assistant well technician identification card for their unlicensed assistants.

To apply, mail the assistant well technician ID card application form that requires:

  • your contact information
  • name and contact information of the assistant
  • the date your assistant started working for you
  • a list of all well technicians working under your licence

Mail it to the address on the application form.

There is no fee to apply for a well technician ID card.

Source law

This article is for information purposes. It does not provide any legal advice.

You can find the complete set of rules relating to this activity at:

Updated: July 02, 2021
Published: February 05, 2014