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March 2020
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The backlogs from the illegal rail blockades will continue to affect the propane industry for many weeks or even months. The CPA continues to work on this issue, now urging the priority of propane deliveries on the CN rail line.
 
 
On February 10, the CPA met with the federal government to discuss the removal of the federal carbon tax or “backstop” on propane for agricultural applications in Ontario, Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. As of April 1, the federal backstop will increase from $0.0310 cents per litre to $.0464 cents a litre. 
 
The CPA met with the Alberta government to discuss its concerns with signing the Canadian Registration Number reconciliation agreement as it is currently worded. If a harmonized approval process were to be implemented using adequate approval mechanisms, Alberta believes it could be a great tool to remove added red tape in the CRN approval process. 
 
 
With the restricted load period fast approaching in Ontario (Highway Traffic Act R.S.O., 1990), the CPA has successfully engaged with the office of the Minister of Transportation to discuss a viable option for the industry.
 
This past January, the Honourable Stanley Cho, parliamentary assistant to the Ontario Minister of Finance, invited the CPA to provide recommendations to government on how to contribute to the province’s fiscal health. The CPA's submission details how the propane sector contributes to community economic development and the overall provincial economy.
 
The CPA responded to a story printed January 21 in the Toronto Sun - “Ford makes natural gas, high-speed Internet pledges to rural Ontario” written by Brian Lilley. CPA President and CEO Nathalie St-Pierre commented on Premier Doug Ford’s announcement that the Ontario Energy Board will be taking applications for the expansion of natural gas in rural areas.
 
On January 22, CPA Vice-President of Government Relations Allan Murphy met with Wes McLean, deputy chief of staff to Premier Higgs to review the positive feedback the CPA has received from the province’s procurement department regarding the acquisition of propane school buses and changes to Gasoline & Motive Fuel Tax Act.
 
The installation of smart meters has been an ongoing issue throughout Canada because they have been installed too close to propane tanks already in place. The CSA B149.2 Propane Storage and Handling Code states that propane installations must respect a 10 ft clearance when placed near a source of ignition.
 
The CPA undertook a series of meetings with the PEI government to discuss the propane advantage in various sectors including bus and fleet transportations, heating for government-owned buildings and agriculture.
 
 
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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 Steve Shilson as the new vice-chair of the Regulatory Affairs Committee.
 
 
   
The Canadian Propane Association is pleased to welcome Lee Johnson from Wilsons Fuels Limited as the new vice-chair for the Atlantic Committee. He will be attending the March 19th meeting in his new role.
 

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 February 28, 2020.

For more information on the awards program or to nominate someone today, visit www.propane.ca.

 
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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 February 19, 2020.
 
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Emergency Response Assistance Canada's second Dangerous Goods Emergency Management Conference will take place May 4-6, 2020, in Calgary at Hotel Arts.
 
Transport Canada has given a deadline of January 31, 2021 to log in to their web-based system called ERAP Online Services and resubmit your ERAP, regardless of when your ERAP expires. If your ERAP expires this year, ERAC will contact you around 90 days prior to the expiration date to begin the renewal process.
 
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