CPA Public Affairs
February 2021
Advocacy News

On February 17, 2021, Rousch CleanTech hosted an informational webinar to discuss ways to increase revenue growth with auto propane. If you missed out on the Growing Litres Webinar, click on the image to watch the recording. 

 
Since 1968, the propane industry united under the Propane Gas Association of Canada and, for the last decade, as the Canadian Propane Association, to serve members and advocate on behalf of the propane industry. To celebrate this momentous occasion, we are planning a number of activities throughout the year – and we need your help. As we journey along and remember moments from the past, celebrate the present, and embrace the promise of the future, we ask for your memories and support in sharing messages with Canadians. 
 
The Canadian Propane Association has uncovered some old photos, dating several years back, way before the CPA was formed. The first member to identify these two individuals will win a CPA10-branded Spidey 8-in-1 screwdriver-flashlight!
 
On February 5, Allan Murphy, Vice-President of Government Relations and CPA regional staff met with Federation of Canadian Municipalities senior staff to discuss opportunities and advantages that propane can provide for local governments across Canada as they look to reduce their respective carbon footprints.
 
On February 12, 2021, the CPA submitted a comprehensive report to the Ontario Ministry of Finance as part of the government’s pre-budget consultation process. The CPA proposed the government adopt seven programs utilizing propane as environmentally sound, economically viable options to immediately benefit Ontario citizens, communities and businesses and spur economic pandemic recovery efforts. 
 
On February 2, 2021, Toronto city council considered Motion (MM28.21) from councillors McKelvie and Layton recommending that council request the Ontario government develop and implement a plan to phase out all gas-fired generation as soon as possible to ensure Toronto can achieve its climate action goals. The motion was deferred for further debate on March 10, 2021.
 
At a February 4, 2021 webinar hosted by the Ontario Energy Association, opportunities were presented for hydrogen and a transition to net-zero emissions in the province. Plans were outlined for hydrogen technology development, including pipelines along new corridors linking Chicago and Montreal, and adoption in Ontario and across North America. 
 
The CPA is challenging Manitoba's decision to only provide rebates to homeowners and businesses who switch to natural gas. We strongly encourage members to support our efforts and send a letter using this template letter to express your opposition to propane being excluded from the program.
 
On February 1, 2021, the CPA provided the Manitoba government with its 2021 budget recommendations which highlight the benefits of propane. The theme of the Manitoba government’s plan, Manitoba’s Protect the Environment and Deliver Green Opportunities, speaks to the importance of creating jobs and diversifying its economy while balancing the need to lower the province’s greenhouse gas emissions.
 
The Manitoba government has launched a second round of applications for grants to support the transportation sector with rebates for heavy-duty vehicles to reduce GHG emissions. Manitoba’s Efficient Trucking Program provides grants for fuel-switching retrofits for heavy-duty vehicles that result in GHG emission reductions.
 
On February 18, the CPA met with staff from the Environment Department and Climate Change Division for the Province of Nova Scotia to discuss the game-changing advantages of propane and ensure the inclusion of propane in future policy goals to reduce GHGs.
 
The CPA filed submissions for the pre-budget consultations in advance of the 2021 budgets in the provinces of New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island. In both submissions, the CPA outlined four recommendations.
 
On February 4, 2021, the premier of Prince Edward Island made changes to his cabinet and shuffled five members of his cabinet into new roles.
 
As members may recall, the CPA has invested significant resources in the past year filing applications with the Ontario Energy Board objecting to the practices of natural gas operators in Ontario as they expand their markets inline with the Ontario government’s natural gas expansion policy.
 
The intergovernmental and stakeholder working group met on January 20, 2021 to further discuss opportunities and challenges with integrating the testing and emissions of heavy-duty commercial diesel vehicles in Ontario.
 
As members were advised earlier this year, Ontario’s Ministry of Government and Consumer Services conducted industry consultations on proposed revisions to the Consumer Protection Act, 2002 in January 2021. The Act governs most consumer transactions and establishes basic business rules and consumer remedies in the province.
 
As members operating in Ontario are well aware, propane fuel trucks are restricted in the roads they travel during specific periods in the spring under the Highway Traffic Act, 1990, (HTA) seasonal load regulations (Chapter 8, section 122).
 
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Propane Training Institute
Since February 5, 2021, PTI and some provincial governments have extended training certifications post expiry date.
 

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.

 

On February 19, 2021, the Ontario government decided to maintain the shutdown, the Stay-at-Home order and all existing public health and workplace safety measures for an additional two weeks in the Toronto and Peel Public Health Regions, along with the North Bay-Parry Sound District. The York Public Health Region will transition out of the shutdown and into the revised and strengthened COVID-19 Response Framework: Keeping Ontario Safe and Open.

 
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Industry News
Job creators in Alberta now have an online service to verify the credentials of tradespersons and apprentices with just a few clicks of a mouse. The Tradesperson Credential Verification Service is part of the Government of Alberta’s commitment to reducing red tape. The service gives employers streamlined, online access to verify the credentials of a skilled tradesperson or apprentice.
 
The BC government says its new Weigh2GoBC program benefits commercial drivers by saving them time, fuel, and money. The Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure recently installed weigh-in-motion strip sensors in all six lanes of Highway 91, southbound toward the Nordel Inspection Station, including the on-ramp from Cliveden Avenue and the counter-flow lane.
 
On January 28, 2021, the State of Energy in Québec announced the 7th edition of its annual report, State of Energy in Québec. The report, compiled by the Energy Sector Management at HEC Montréal, provides a review of the Québec government’s efforts to achieve its energy transition objectives, particularly as they relate to energy consumption, transport and production.
 
ERAC

Are you, or one of your family members, enrolled in an educational program in safety, emergency management or first responders training? If so, you may be eligible to apply for Emergency Response Assistance Canada's Leo Sichewski Memorial Bursary. Applications are now open until April 30, 2021.

 
ERAC 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.
 

To best provide service to their plan participant members, ERAC’s operations team is trying to determine the prevalence and type of unique rail fittings currently in use. To assist ERAC, they ask that you, or the person in your organization best suited to this task, to please fill out a short survey on rail fittings.

 
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ADD Systems
CPA Committee Updates
  • BC Committee - October 20 Meeting
  • Saskatchewan Committee - January 13 Meeting
  • Auto Propane Committee - September 17 Meeting
  • Manitoba Committee - February 10 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: 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: April 21, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am EST
To attend the Committee, please contact Marcelline Riddell.

 

Date: May 12, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CT
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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