CPA Public Affairs
January 2020
Advocacy News
As we approach the 10th anniversary of the Canadian Propane Association, I am ever mindful of our mandate to bring member value through advocating on your behalf. Whether it’s for improved government policies, fair regulatory treatment, adequate training or emergency response, our raison d’être is to be member focused.
Since the new cabinet was sworn in last month, the CPA has reached out to ministers of departments that are of importance to the propane industry, including Natural Resources Canada, Transport Canada, Agriculture and Agri-food, Environment, Indigenous Services and Finance. 
The Canadian Propane Association is intervening in Heritage Gas Limited’s application to the Nova Scotia Utility and Review Board for approval to extend and modify its Customer Retention Program pursuant to Section 22 of the Gas Distribution Act.
In January 2020, the CPA participated in the Yukon Government’s Our Clean Future consultation. After reviewing the strategy and supporting documents with members, the CPA provided comments that can assist in accomplishing the targeted reduction of greenhouse gas emissions and develop a robust green economy. 
The increased profile for the propane industry in the aftermath of the Canadian National Railway strike has resulted in a greater understanding by governments that, despite all the rhetoric and policy prioritizing of “electrification” as seemingly the answer to the nation’s energy needs, low-emission propane remains an important element of Canada’s energy profile. 

The CPA has retained counsel to provide advice and intervene on members’ behalf at the Ontario Energy Board on new potential projects to expand access to natural gas in communities not currently connected to a natural gas distribution system. Michael Richmond of McMillan Vantage issued a letter in response to the OEB’s request for input, confirming the CPA’s intention to participate.
With the province’s seasonal load restricted period effective as early as March 1, 2020, the Canadian Propane Association asks all members to report any ticketing activity to Government Relations Director for Ontario, Marcelline Riddell.
The CPA is making progress in the development of an industry-led propane cylinder recycling program. Late last year, President and CEO Nathalie St-Pierre and Ontario Government Relations Director, Marcelline Riddell, met with Minister Yurek’s staff to outline the proposal and seek their help in brokering the plan with Ministry of the Environment, Conservation and Parks staff. 

MaXfield Inc.
Northridge Electric
The Canadian Propane Association reminds members to update the address – or any additional new information – of their fuel stations in the Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator on the Natural Resources Canada website.
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Rural Computer Consultants, Inc
For over 40 years, RCC has been and continues to be a leader in software and support, specializing in the fuel and propane industry. FDS, Fuel Distribution System, is a complete back office software that also features a full accounting suite, web services, cloud hosting and much more. MOGO, Mobile Office on the GO, provides real-time communication between your drivers and your office, saving time and money.
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The CPA is hiring! The CPA is now accepting applicants for a Director, Propane Recycling Canada and encourages you to circulate it to anyone you know who may be interested in applying.
The Canadian Propane Association and the National Propane Gas Association are supporting the International Association of Young Gassers in its launch of a 30 under 30 Program for 2020. This program is aimed at recognizing top young professionals in the propane industry – from drivers, technicians, office workers, to manufacturing shop employees and association employees.
The Canadian Propane Association is pleased to welcome a new addition to the team, Robert Loenhart as the new Senior Director of Regulatory Affairs and Safety. Robert has an Associate Degree of Science in Safety and Health from Columbia Southern University and has been a health and safety professional for more than 16 years.
Please join the CPA in thanking Royden Boudreau, Business Development Manager at Sullivan Fuels Ltd., in New Glasgow, NS for accepting the position of Chair of the Atlantic Committee. He succeeds long-time Chair, Steve Ferguson.

The Canadian Propane Association takes pride in honouring the very best through its CPA Awards program. The awards bring together top talent and champions of the propane industry to recognize game changers in the following categories:

  • Lifetime Industry Achievement Award
  • Health & Safety Award
  • Innovation Award
  • PTI Trainer Award

Nomination documents must be received by the CPA no later than Februrary 28, 2020.

For more information on the awards program or to nominate someone today, visit

Marshall Excelsior Company
National Energy Equipment Inc.
Dependable Truck & Tank Limited
ADD Systems

Date: May 5-7, 2020
Location: Edmonton, AB


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Location: St. John's, NL


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Location: Calgary, AB

Renaldo Sales and Service Center
Tremcar Inc.
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