CPA Public Affairs
January 2021
Advocacy News
New measures announced by the federal government in December that heralded a “healthy environment and healthy economy” included a significant increase in the federal carbon tax or “the backstop”.
 
On December 11, 2020, the federal government announced a plan that it believes can provide for a healthy environment while strengthening the economy. A main objective of A Healthy Environment and a Healthy Economy is to build on the government’s commitment in the 2020 Speech from the Throne to create over one million jobs, restoring employment to pre-pandemic levels.
 

A recent story ran in the Times Colonist in Victoria, BC that pointed to a number of U.S.-based issues and regulations that implied were similar for propane use in Canada. The CPA’s Board Chair Nancy Borden responded with a Letter to the Editor to correct the inaccuracies. Read her response, Plenty of propane for Canadian users.

 
The province is doubling CleanBC Better Homes retrofit rebates for select home-heating and energy-efficiency upgrades to support its economic recovery and help British Columbians save on energy costs. The CPA is challenging the province’s decision to only provide rebates to homeowners who switch to heat pumps. We urge you to express your opposition to propane being excluded from the program. Access a template letter here to send to the ministries of Environment and Climate Change and Energy, Mines and Low Carbon Innovation. 
 
The BC government has renewed its Wood Stove Exchange Program which provides incentives to people replacing old, smoky wood stoves with cleaner options. A total of 19 communities have applied for funding to continue their exchange program or have sufficient funding from previous years to continue offering rebates to their residents. There is still time for CPA members to encourage potential customers to take advantage of the funding to replace their wood stoves with a propane stove.
 
A number of tax savings that the government says will benefit Manitobans and help to protect their hard-earned income will come into effect on January 1. Manitoba personal income tax brackets and the Basic Personal Amount will increase by 2.2 per cent for the 2021 taxation year as they are indexed to the Manitoba Consumer Price Index. As a result, an estimated 3,300 taxpayers are expected to be removed from the 2021 tax rolls.
 

The Finance Ministry is currently consulting on 2021 Budget priorities. The CPA will submit a formal proposal with key propane sector fiscal and policy initiatives to the minister by February 12, 2021. Members are encouraged to have their say directly by answering the short online questionnaire. For more information, contact Ontario Government Relations Director, Marcelline Riddell

 
In late December 2020, some CPA members alerted CPA staff of an advertising campaign sponsored by Hydro One promoting vendor rebates for customers to switch from their current home energy source - oil or propane - to electricity. Running in Ontario, the advertisements offer vendor rebates of up to $1,000 to switch to electric heating and drive audiences to the Hydro One website which lists a number of incorrect statements about propane fuel and its suppliers.
 
On January 6, 2021, the CPA welcomed Ontario’s new Finance Minister, the Honourable Peter Bethlenfalvy, and introduced him to the work Ontario members have been undertaking with his ministry and the progress made over the past year.
 
In November 2020, the Ontario Ministry of Environment, Conservation and Parks, released a discussion paper on hydrogen technology for stakeholder consideration and comment. The 20-page paper outlines the Ontario government’s rationale for investigating the benefits and challenges of hydrogen technology. Ontario considers hydrogen fuel technology a potential long-term way to address climate change and air quality while creating growth opportunities for industry.
 
In December 2020, the Ministry of Government and Consumer Services released a consultation paper on proposed revisions to the Consumer Protection Act, 2002. The Consumer Protection Act governs most consumer transactions for personal, family and household purposes regardless of purchase platform in Ontario. It also sets out basic business rules and consumer remedies if businesses do not follow the rules.
 
Recently, the CPA received endorsement of its position on propane cylinder recycling regulatory revisions from the Retail Council of Canada (RCC). In a letter to the Minister of Environment, Conservation and Parks, the Honourable Jeff Yurek, dated January 20, 2021, the RCC’s Senior Director of Sustainability, Philippe Cantin, confirmed his organization’s members support for a new regulatory regime that would exclude refillable propane cylinders.
 

For more information: Contact Events and Membership Manager Sherri Clair at sherriclair@propane.ca.

 
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Propane Training Institute

Read the Message from the PTI Executive Director in the latest issue of the CPA's Energized magazine on how training and education will play a critical role in supporting Canada's economic recovery as we leave the pandemic behind and how the Propane Training Institute is ready to meet the challenges ahead. Access the full issue on the CPA website.

 

Indoor and outdoor gathering numbers are updated on a regular basis to keep up with rapid changes. Check out Destination Canada's up-to-date information on regulations for safely meeting across Canada.

Please refer to the CPA's Best practices recommended during COVID-19 - Measures for Reopening your Retail Operations, produced to assist you in hosting a training session during COVID-19.

 
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COVID-19

This section is updated regularly. Keep informed with up-to-date information by visiting our COVID-19 website.

 
As some provinces increase restrictions and implement ‘stay at home orders’, the CPA has prepared an example of a document attesting to the authorization to travel for an essential service within a province, or across provincial boundaries should the need arise. While this letter is not a mandatory requirement in every province, it may aid employees in dealing with any authorities they may encounter.
 
On January 20, 2021, the Ontario government expanded its current workplace inspection campaign. Provincial offences officers are now visiting an expanded range of workplaces across Ontario to educate and ticket businesses that are not complying with COVID-19 health and safety requirements.
 

With the challenges brought on by cold weather and the holiday season, winter can often be a difficult time. But with COVID-19, this year’s winter may be even more demanding on our mental health and well-being. This mini-guide is designed to help employers provide workers with specific tools and resources during the winter months.

 
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Industry News
 
   
The Canadian Propane Association and the National Propane Gas Association are supporting the International Association of Young Gassers to launch a 30 Under 30 Program for 2021. 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.
 
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Emergency Response Assistance Canada invites you to attend their 2021 webinar series. These free webinars are available to all Plan Participant members. Join ERAC staff as they discuss various topics related to ERAC, dangerous goods emergency response and emergency response planning.
 
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CPA Committee Updates
  • BC Committee - October 20 Meeting
  • Saskatchewan Committee - January 13 Meeting
  • Auto Propane Committee - September 17 Meeting
  • Manitoba Committee - February 12 Meeting
  • Alberta Committee - October 15 Meeting
  • Ontario Committee - September 29 Meeting
  • Transportation Committee - December 8 Meeting
  • Regulatory Affairs Committee - December 15 Meeting
  • Atlantic Committee - September 24 Meeting

Meeting summaries can be found in the Document Centre in your online member profile. Click here to log in to your member profile. 

 

Date: February 10, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CST
To attend the Committee, please contact Tanis Fiss.

 

Date: February 17, 2021
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:30 pm EST
To attend the Committee, please contact Jean-François Duguay.

 

Date: March 9, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT
To attend the Committee, please contact Tanis Fiss.

 

Date: March 16, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EST
To attend the Committee, please contact Rob Loenhart

 

Date: March 18, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am ADT
To attend the Committee, please contact Jean-François Duguay.

 

Date: March 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
To attend the Committee, please contact Robert Loenhart.

 

Date: March 26, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am MDT
To attend the Committee, please contact Tanis Fiss.

 

Date: June 8, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT
To attend the Committee, please contact Tanis Fiss.

 

Date: September 14, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am PDT
To attend the Committee, please contact Tanis Fiss.

 
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