The Canadian Propane Association is taking part in the establishment of a National Clean Fuels Standard being developed by the federal government in consultation with provinces, territories and industry stakeholders. Major milestones:
– Allan Murphy, CPA’s Senior Director of Public Affairs and Policy attended a meeting with regulatory, industry and NGO stakeholders regarding low carbon fuels.
– the CPA joined with other national groups as a signatory to a letter to the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada (EEC) in support of the development of a National Clean Fuels Standard.
November 25 – Minister McKenna formally announced the federal government will work with provinces, territories and industry stakeholders to develop a clean fuel standard. Among the objectives is encouraging the use of cleaner fuels in several sectors of the economy, including transportation, homes, buildings, and industry. Discussions will also address a broad use of fuels that could include liquids, solids, and gaseous fuels such as propane.
The Ontario government has recently announced a new Natural Gas Grant
Program that subsidizes the building of natural gas infrastructure in
rural Ontario. Instead of supporting local propane companies, this
program will create an unfair advantage for natural gas expansion using
$100 million of Ontario tax payer dollars, jeopardizing the businesses
of hard-working propane companies, and leaving many rural and remote
taxpayers underserved. It does little to ease the pain of high hydro
costs in the short and long term.
The Canadian Propane
Association issued a news release, Subsidized Natural Gas Expansion
Hurts Small Businesses and Employees
, on Monday, January 30 and is
lobbying the government to communicate the wide-spread, negative effects
of this new grant program. The CPA is calling on Members to get
involved and write to their MPPs who represent the areas in which they
operate as well as to federal MPs. A Form Letter is available to Members
to personalize and use in lobbying efforts and is available on The
. The news release can also be included with the letters and
distributed to local media.
Make your voice heard - every letter counts!
In January, the Canadian Propane Association appeared in front of the Ontario Legislature’s Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs to present a submission for the 2017 Ontario budget. Key asks included a level playing field in energy policy, and funding for auto propane and home energy upgrades in rural Ontario. Peter Maddox, CPA Regional Manager, Ontario, and Dan Kelly, CPA Board member, participated in the hearing held in London. View the transcript here: Standing Committee on Finance and Economic Affairs Pre-budget Consultations.
the importance of the propane industry to local communities, it is
critical clean burning propane be given equal opportunity and
consideration within governments as they develop environment and energy
policies. Since the start of the new year, the Canadian Propane
Association has met with various levels of government throughout the
Maritimes to discuss the use of propane as an alternate fuel for the
Maritime provinces, their municipalities, and rural regions. Topics
included using propane as a low emission fuel source for school and
transit buses as well as for municipality fleets.
Governments are seeing
the environmental advantages of lowering their province’s carbon
footprint but also the cost advantages of buying a lower cost fuel and
reduced maintenance fees. Meetings have included: City of Dieppe, New
Brunswick; Department of Transportation and Infrastructure, PEI; First Nation communities in PEI and Nova Scotia; and the
Department of Environment, Cape Breton Regional Municipalities and the
City of Halifax in Nova Scotia.
JP’s Garage has converted almost 50 vehicles to auto propane since
they held their first Open House for auto conversion over a month ago on January 12.
Located in Dieppe, New Brunswick, JP’s Garage is the only licensed auto propane installer in the Maritimes.
Drawing a large crowd from the public to municipality and propane industry representatives, the Open House demonstrated the ins and outs of converting vehicles to propane. Seven contracts were signed to convert personal vehicles and fleets to auto propane on the day of the event alone.
Check out JP’s Garage at http://www.jpsgarage.ca/.
Over the past few months, BC Safety Authority has begun their
assessments and compliance audits of propane pressure vessels required
to be registered under operating permits. Collecting the necessary tank
information and data provides BCSA with sampling to
identify hazard trends. They plan to share information gained through
their audit activities by mid-2017. For more information on propane
pressure vessel operating permits, please visit BCSA’s website: Guidance for Propane Tank Owners
The Ministry of Government Relations is currently rewriting and updating
the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Regulations for consideration by
government in 2017. The Technical Safety Authority of Saskatchewan is
assisting the ministry in the rewrite. Changes primarily include
updating the adopted codes and standards, removing references to fees,
and updating wording with current industry terminology. Also proposed
are safety requirements for steam traction engine boilers, provisions
regarding quality management systems, and allowing a qualified power
engineer to supervise more than one plant.
The Canadian Propane Association is excited to announce the release of our new website. The new site offers a fresh modern look, streamlined content and easier navigation. We hope you check it out – it’s located at the same URL address: http://propane.ca.
2017 CPA Renewal Packages were sent to all primary contacts on November 25, 2016. If you did not receive your renewal package, please contact James Daniels, Manager, Member Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
or 613-683-2275 to receive a copy of your invoice. Thank you for your continued support for, and investment in, a successful and thriving propane industry.
The Canadian Propane Association is pleased to announce a new award for its annual CPA Awards Program. The PTI Trainer of the Year Award
celebrates engaging and inspiring trainers who are best in their class and achieve a level of excellence in the classroom. This award replaces the CPA Service Award.
CPA's award program also offers a Lifetime Industry Achievement Award, which recognizes individuals who have made significant or consistent outstanding service contributions to the CPA, as well as the CPA Student Scholarship Award. This award, sponsored by the International Association of Young Gassers, Inc.,
provides financial assistance to recipients planning a career in
post-secondary education at a Canadian vocational or trade school,
community college or university, and is offered to immediate family of employees of CPA member companies.
CPA members are encouraged to nominate commendable colleagues and associates by submitting a nomination form no later than March 31, 2017
. Award details are available on the CPA website
The CPA reminds members they will receive a $200 discount off their annual membership fees for referring an organization/individual that joins the CPA. There is a maximum of $400/two referrals per member, per year. Contact James Daniels, Manager, Member Services at email@example.com
The CPA is pleased to
offer member companies the official CPA logo for use in marketing and promotional materials.
This logo can be used by current CPA members on member company websites, brochures, magazine ads, and any other material to indicate they are a member of the Association. It is available in both English and French, and can be downloaded from The Grid
Environmental Emergency (E2) Plans are required by Environment and
Climate Change Canada for all industries that have large volumes of
hazardous substances produced or stored at their facilities.
assist organizations in their compliance, ERAC is expanding their services
to incorporate E2 Plans. This includes the development of new E2 Plans,
the review and edit of existing E2 Plans, as well as the development and
oversight of E2 drills and exercises.
To learn more about E2 Plans, visit the Environment and Climate Change Canada website
, ERAC website
or email firstname.lastname@example.org
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National Energy Board LPG Underground Inventory Report:
Part 8 (Reporting Requirements) of the TDG Regulations
requires several different report types. When certain conditions are met, persons subject to the TDG Regulations must submit one of the report types.
As a reference tool, Transport Canada developed a Guide for Reporting Dangerous Goods Incidents
that can be used by persons involved in any way with the transportation of dangerous goods.
This guide presents the conditions for each type of report. To be certain if you need to make a report, please consult Part 8 of the TDG Regulations
May 30 - June 1, 2017
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