CPA Public Affairs
April 2020
Advocacy News

The CPA members and team extend our sincere sympathies to the families, friends and colleagues of those who have lost their lives in the senseless tragedy that took place in Nova Scotia.

The act of violence that has occurred has shocked and devastated Atlantic Canada and fellow citizens across the country.

Like everyone, industry members and trainers in Nova Scotia are dealing with immense loss and grief. Our thoughts are with you as you continue to provide essential services to your communities.

In this challenging time where we are isolated from our family and friends, we encourage all of you to find some way to reach out and support one another. We are a strong, united community and we will get through this together.

Thank you.


Keep informed with up-to-date information by visiting our COVID-19 website.



On behalf of their members, the Canadian Propane Association and Association québécoise du propane Inc. have joined forces with other industry associations to donate to food banks across the country and help those in need. We are encouraging members to join the call to support local communities and families facing critical food shortages. To locate a food bank near you visit the Food Banks of Canada website.


CPA members have been stepping up to help their communities during this unprecedented time. We would love to hear your stories or receive a photo so that we can share your good news stories. Read on to learn how members are contributing to support those impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
As the impact of COVID-19 was beginning to be more fully understood, the CPA reached out to Federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau to request a delay in the 50 per cent increase in the federal fuel charge. The CPA is hoping that examples in other jurisdictions and pressure from other groups will cause the minister to re-think his position.
The CPA, along with over 60 other leading business organizations, has joined an effort led by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce that calls on governments to support a national effort to protect jobs and to postpone non-essential new measures such as increases in taxes.
On February 10, CPA's Chair Dan Kelly and VP of Government Relations Allan Murphy met with Aneil Jaswal, senior policy advisor to federal Finance Minister Bill Morneau. As of April 1, the federal backstop will increase from $0.0310 per litre to $.0464 cents per litre. Kelly explained to the minister’s office that the effect on the bottom line for farmers is very significant and given the challenges that affect the agriculture sector, the best course of action is to remove the backstop from all agricultural applications altogether.
The Ontario government has announced a disbursement of residual funds from the wind up of the Municipal Hazardous and Special Waste program. Also included are upcoming important dates for the wind up of the program.
The CPA issued its annual flood news release on April 8 - Propane users can do their part by acting now and being prepared in the event of a flood. It encouraged Canadians to be prepared for flood warnings, particularly as the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic continues across the country.
After seeing notices in the news of some homeowners barbecuing in their homes, the CPA issued its annual safe grilling practices news release ahead of the May long weekend. Exercise safe grilling practices for your stay-at-home meals was issued on April 16.
MaXfield Inc.
ValvTect Petroleum Products
Discover Rural Computer Consultants, Inc
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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Propane Training Institute

The CPA continues to put together resources for trainers to help them manage through COVID-19. Please review the latest: 

Extension of training certifications
Provincial governments have granted the extension of training certifications for the propane industry in order to limit contact during training sessions when required. The most recent information was updated as of April 9, 2020.

New interactive Training Session Summary Sheet
To assist trainers, the CPA has created an interactive Training Session Summary Sheet.

Best practices
Don’t forget, trainers must reconsider current methods of training delivery in line with the Orders issued by the Provincial Health Officers in all the provinces. View CPA Guide to Hosting a Training Session During COVID-19.

Information is changing quickly so please always check the Trainers section on the CPA COVID-19 Information and Resources web page for the most up-to-date information.

CPA News
While many of the Canadian Propane Association’s activities have been modified or postponed, we are very pleased to announce that this year’s scholarship funding has continued at the same level as previous years.

With the cancellation of Leadership Summit, we have postponed the CPA Awards program. We thank all of you who sent in nominations for the awards and will be keeping them on file to be considered for next year’s program. The good news is that this now means there is ample time to send in your nomination if you haven’t done so already! Please check out our awards page on our website for more information.

Marshall Excelsior Company
National Energy Equipment Inc.
Industry News
The Federal Government's support package for the oil and gas industry is a first step in the right direction.

McMillan Vantage has been thinking about Alberta more than ever and how the twin perils of COVID-19 and the crash of the oil economy have created enormous challenges. Check out Nathan Rotman’s thoughts on kick-starting Alberta’s economy.


The following story was written by Terry Etam and published in the BOE Report on April 15, 2020. 

We can all now see how critically important reliable energy supplies are, and how taken for granted they were. We will have seen that a global lockdown resulted in a massive drop of 30 million barrels per day of oil demand, but that the world still required 70 million barrels per day even when as close to a standstill. To read more, click here.


The Propane Education & Research Council (PERC) has released a new online video that gives fleet owners an in-depth look at what happens during the installation of a permanent, on-site propane refueling station.

The video walks through each step of the process, which includes the installation of a concrete foundation, one or more large capacity fuel tanks, a pump, one or more dispensers with meters and crash protection.

Dependable Truck & Tank Limited
ADD Systems
Date: May 5-7, 2020
Location: Edmonton, AB

NEW Date: October 26-28, 2020
Location: Calgary, AB


Date: May 26-27, 2020
Location: St. John's, NL


Date: June 9-11, 2020
Location: London, ON


NEW Date: Nov. 30 - Dec. 2, 2020
Location: Calgary, AB
More information here.

Renaldo Sales and Service Center
Tremcar Inc.
Emergency Response Assistance Canada wants to update their Plan Participant members regarding the situation with COVID-19. ERAC is monitoring the situation and adhering to recommendations from public health authorities. ERAC's number one priority is the safety of otheir staff, Plan Participant members and responder network.



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