CPA Public Affairs
April 2021
Advocacy News

With the rapidly changing circumstances across Canada, the CPA recently published an update on COVID-19 news, along with a reminder about the important CPA resources that are available to help keep you, your employees, and customers safe and your businesses open. 

 

Government relations and advocacy are essential components of the activities the association undertakes on behalf of its members from coast-to-coast. The Association continues to work hard at the federal, provincial, and municipal levels to ensure that the voice of the CPA membership is heard and that energy policies being developed include the participation of the propane industry. If you are interested in learning more about the work accomplished in the last few months on your behalf, please read our latest report. The report can be viewed in the Document Centre in your online member profile.

 
Among the priorities identified in the federal budget announced on April 19, is the earmarking of $17.6 billion towards a green recovery to create jobs, build a clean economy, and fight climate change.
 
Greenhouse operators that use propane to heat their greenhouses can apply for carbon tax relief grants for the 2020 production year. Commercial producers in B.C. who grow vegetables, ornamental flowers and plants, forest seedlings and nursery plants in greenhouses are eligible to apply for the grant until May 10 if certain criteria are met.
 
The theme for the 2021-22 provincial budget announced April 6 is, ‘Protect, Build and Grow Saskatchewan.’ The 2021-22 budget includes several changes that will improve tax fairness as well as a road use fee for electric vehicles at the time of registration to ensure that all road users contribute to road maintenance and replacement. This is a partial victory for CPA members as it levels the playing field for consumers who pay gas taxes.
 
The government of Manitoba released its 2021-22 fiscal budget on April 7. The theme of the budget, ‘Protecting Manitobans, Advancing Manitoba,’ is focused on post-pandemic and health care spending. There are a few budget items that may be of interest to CPA members.
 
Ontario Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy delivered the Ford government’s second budget on March 24, 2021. Budget 2021 maintains the government’s focus on two pandemic priorities: health care funding and economic recovery measures for small businesses. It also signals a vision for long-term deficit elimination after 2024. The document contains no new taxes or spending cuts but does provide new or renewed supports for individuals and businesses impacted by the pandemic. 
 
Québec Minister of Finance Éric Girard tabled the province's 2020-2021 budget in March. Following a 2019-2020 year ending with a surplus of $1.9 billion, the government forecasts that a balanced budget will be maintained for the 2020-2021 fiscal year.
 
Énergir is asking the Régie de l'énergie du Québec to approve an investment project aimed at extending the natural gas network between Val-Joli and Richmond with a government financial assistance of 10.9 million, representing more than 93 per cent of total costs. For the CPA and AQP, this project would simply not exist if it was not subsidized by the Ministry of Energy and Natural Resources of Quebec and the Municipality of Richmond.
 
The 2030 Green Economy Plan officially came into effect on April 1, with $1.131 billion earmarked for the first year of its implementation. The province has announced a new 12-member Advisory Committee on Climate Change to advise the minister on addressing climate change and help implement the plan, including promoting electrification.
 
The New Brunswick government announced its 2021-22 provincial budget on March 16. Highlights for the propane sector include $10.8 million to increase the availability of affordable housing units throughout the province in conjunction with the new National Housing Strategy and the Canada Housing Benefit.
 
Nova Scotia released its budget on March 25, 2021. The CPA is following these investments closely and communications with Premier Rankin, relevant cabinet ministers, as well as the Leader of the Opposition have been undertaken to put propane in the forefront of these investments.
 
Following the Speech from the Throne, the province of PEI announced their budget for 2021-22 on March 12. While the government has provided rebates for electric programs, the CPA will be pursuing the same opportunity for auto propane. 
 
Shortly after his first election win on March 27, Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Andrew Furey received correspondence from the CPA that outlined the many advantages of propane.
 
In a letter to the editor published in the March 29 edition of the Hill Times, CPA President & CEO Nathalie St-Pierre once again called on the federal government to make immediate changes to the federal “backstop” or carbon tax under the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act.
 
The Canadian Propane Association issued the following news release on March 25 to help propane users be prepared for a flood: With warmer weather ahead, are you prepared in the event of a flood? The CPA also collaborated with Technical Safety BC to help promote their messaging on flood safety to B.C. residents. 
 
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Propane Training Institute
As circumstances change rapidly across Canada due to COVD-19, this is an important overview for trainers about the resources the CPA has available on best practices, recertification extensions, resources if you are required to travel, and gathering numbers indoors. 
 
 
   
On behalf of the Canadian Propane Association, the Propane Training Institute and myself, I would like to thank George Olah for his contribution and support. The “baby,” PTI, is ready to move forward and lead the way in promoting a culture of safe propane handling and use of propane-fuelled equipment, while improving the skills of workers.
 
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GOOD NEWS. The Association québécoise du propane and the Canadian Propane Association have been working for several months in collaboration with Emploi-Québec, the regulatory body for training in Québec. We are proud to announce the result of this work provides access to a new training curriculum and reduces administrative measures.
 
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Events
Date: June 15
Time: 12:00 pm EDT
Virtual meeting 
 
CPA Committee Updates
  • BC Committee - October 20 Meeting
  • Saskatchewan Committee - January 13 Meeting
  • Auto Propane Committee - March 17 Meeting
  • Manitoba Committee - February 10 Meeting
  • Alberta Committee - March 16 Meeting
  • Ontario Committee - September 29 Meeting
  • Transportation Committee - March 16 Meeting
  • Regulatory Affairs Committee - March 23 Meeting
  • Atlantic Committee - March 18 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: May 12, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
To attend the meeting, please contact Tanis Fiss.

 

Date: May 19, 2021
Time: 2:30 pm - 4:00 pm EDT
To attend the meeting, please contact Jean-François Duguay.

 

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

 

Date: June 9, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm CDT
To attend the meeting, please contact Tanis Fiss.

 

Date: June 17, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm MDT.
To attend the meeting, please contact Tanis Fiss.

 

Date: June 22, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
To attend the meeting, please contact Robert Loenhart.

 

Date: June 23, 2021
Time: 1:00 pm - 2:30 pm EDT
To attend the meeting, please contact Robert Loenhart.

 

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

 

Date: December 7, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am PST
To attend the meeting, please contact Tanis Fiss.

 
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ERAC
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.
 
 

 

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