CPA Public Affairs
December 2019
Advocacy News

The announcement that CN and Teamsters Canada Rail Conference reached a tentative agreement to end the labour impasse at CN is far from the end of the story. Now the clear focus of the industry is getting propane supplies back to normal levels.
On December 5, 2019, Governor General Julie Payette delivered the 43rd Parliament’s Speech from the Throne, laying out the policy priorities of Prime Minister Trudeau’s re-elected Liberal Government. The Throne Speech primarily focused on three policy areas: climate change, the economy, and reconciliation. The following article is an analysis of the Speech from the Throne written by Temple Scott and Associates for the CPA.
The Cabinet appointments recognize the challenges faced by Prime Minister Trudeau as he moves from governing in a majority environment to a minority. The expanded Cabinet reflects the gender balance precedent the Prime Minister established in 2015. It also clearly reflects those ministers who have proven they can handle difficult files and places them in portfolios where they are most needed. The following article is an analysis of the federal cabinet shuffle written by Temple Scott and Associates for the CPA.

The CPA has been advocating for the simplification of the Canadian Registration Number process for over a year. Currently, each province has its own registration process, so when a new boiler and pressure vessel equipment is to be used in multiple provinces, it must be registered multiple times. The Standards Council of Canada, tasked by the Canadian Free Trade Agreement’s Regulatory Reconciliation and Cooperation Table, has been working with the provinces to address this issue and agree on an approach to mutually recognize design reviews across Canada.
Due to last year’s success, the CPA is once again participating in the Forward Summit: Empowering Indigenous Communities taking place in Calgary, Alberta on April 28-29, 2020. The Summit is an Indigenous led event that includes roundtable discussions, workshops and the opportunity to meet with Indigenous leaders, industry and government representatives to identify opportunities to build successful economic partnerships with Indigenous communities.

This past summer, the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources consulted industry on elements of the BC Low Carbon Fuel Standard. The CPA provided submissions to the ministry on its proposed General Amendments and Compliance Penalty discussion papers.
On November 6, 2019, Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips tabled the 2019 Economic Outlook and Fiscal Review in the Ontario legislature. This was the minister’s first formal economic statement since taking on the finance portfolio in June 2019. Fall economic statements set the stage for provincial budgets, presented annually in spring.
On October 26, 2019, CPA members and staff met with Ministry of Government and Consumer Services staff to present information on propane’s role in the provincial economy, communities and outline regulatory burdens facing propane businesses. An overview was also provided on the CPA’s safety and training activities.
On November 12, 2019, CPA President and CEO Nathalie St-Pierre and Ontario Government Relations Director Marcelline Riddell met with the Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks’ staff to seek support for the CPA’s proposed propane cylinder recycling program. This meeting followed the minister’s support of the program and direction to brief his staff to advance the program on September 13, 2019.
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The Association québécoise du propane and the Canadian Propane Association submitted an application to the Régie de l’énergie in the ÉNERGIR file pursuant to the implementation of measures related to the purchase and sale of renewable natural gas.
The Canadian Propane Association has requested intervenor status 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 mid November, CPA members and staff held a series of meetings in St. John’s, NL with senior officials from provincial and municipal governments. The objective of the meetings was to communicate to governments the growing use of propane in Newfoundland and Labrador and to examine the advantages of propane in developing government policies and implementing government programs.
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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The CPA is pleased to announce that Greg Britton has joined the organization in the role of Director, Propane Training Institute. Greg has over 20 years of experience in the area of safety training and business management. He brings a wealth of knowledge in business operations, learning and development, industry relationships and safety compliance to create a greater culture of safety, knowledge and skill across the industry.

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

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Industry News
The Ministère de l'Environnement et de la Lutte contre les changements climatiques and the California Air Ressources Board held the joint carbon market auction on November 19, 2019.

Carbon tax a grain-drying mystery

Entente de principe dans le conflit de travail au CN: « c’est ça que ça prenait » (in French only)

Entente de principe au CN (in French only)

CN Rail strike ends with tentative deal union, but fallout continues for farmers, miners

Canada's biggest rail strike in a decade ends, backlogs could nag shippers

MISE À JOUR 7 - La plus grande grève dans le secteur ferroviaire au Canada depuis une décennie s'achève, les arriérés pourraient inquiéter les expéditeurs (in French only)

Fin de conflit au CN: soulagement partout au pays (in French only)

UPDATE 6-Canada's biggest rail strike in a decade ends; backlogs could nap shippers

Canadian National reaches deal with Teamsters Canada to end strike

Situation 'critical': Local concerns expressed as propane supplies dry up

Why government and industry want us to view the CN Rail strike as a security risk

Garneau says talks, not bills, the best way to end CN strike as pressure rises

Federal government resists mounting pressure to end CN Rail strike

CN Rail strike puts Quebec on propane notice, but Ontario isn't far behind

Quebec propane urgency eases, Ontario's tightens in CN strike

What is really going on with the CN Rail strike, the propane shortage and Quebec's 'emergency'

Stocks of key supplied dwindle in Maritimes as CN rail strike hits hits Day 4

La grève du CN cause des maux de tête aux entreprises de transport (in French only)

The Drilldown: O'Regan expected to speak with Alberta Energy Minister later this week

Area MPs urge federal Liberals to end CN strike

Des solutions au transport du propane (Vidéo)

Heating fuel shortage looms as strike at Canada's biggest railroad hits third day

Les craintes à propos des incidences de la grève au CN se multiplient (in French only)

CN strike causing 'emergency' shortages in Quebec's propane supply, Legault says

Propane shortage looms as CN strike hits third day

CN strike means Quebec has less than 5 days propane left, premier says

Legault says Quebec has less than 5 days of propane left due to strike, appeals to fed

Propane shortage hitting Ontario and Quebec as rail strike goes on

Quebec running out of propane as CN strike chokes off supply

Crise du propane : « il n'y a pas de plan B » (in French only)

Grève au CN: Legault demande une loi spéciale au fédéral (in French only)

Grève au CN: les réserves québécoises de propane épuisées d'ici cinq jours (in French only)

Grève au CN: de nombreux agriculteurs en détresse en raison du manque de propane (in French only)

Propane-starved East's grain growers seek end to CN strike

CN conductors on strike

Farm dryer propane supplies slammed shut by rail strike

Propane shortage nears crisis levels in Quebec, Ontario

CN Rail strike and lack of trucking alternatives stoke forestry industry fears

Situation critique pour le propane en raison de la grève du CN (in French only)

U.S. propane bottlenecks not affecting Canada

Quebec's propane could run out in five days if CN strike lingers, premier warns

Grève du CN: nouvelle tuile pour les agriculteurs (in French only)

Deal with Co-op Propane beneficial for Grandmother’s Bay: Councillor

How the U.S/China Trade War Is Impacting PE Exports

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