CPA Public Affairs
July 2016
News & Updates
On February 11, 2015, the Government of Canada published the Hazardous Products Regulations (HPR) in the Canada Gazette, Part II. These regulations, combined with amendments to the Hazardous Products Act (HPA), modified the Workplace Hazardous Materials Information System (WHMIS) 1988 to incorporate the Globally Harmonized System of Classification and Labelling for Chemicals (GHS) for workplace chemicals in Canada. This modified WHMIS is referred to as WHMIS 2015. With the incorporation of the GHS, the hazard classification and communication requirements of WHMIS are aligned with the workplace hazard classification and communication requirements of the United States (U.S.) and other Canadian trading partners.

To provide guidance to suppliers of hazardous products destined for Canadian workplaces and in support of a commitment under the Regulatory Cooperation Council Workplace Chemicals initiative, the Workplace Hazardous Materials Bureau has developed Phase 1 of the Technical Guidance on the Requirements of the HPA and the HPR – WHMIS 2015 Supplier Requirements.

The Regulations Amending the Contraventions Regulations (Miscellaneous Amendments) were published in Part II of the Canada Gazette on July 13, 2016, and came into force on July 21, 2016. The modifications pertaining to the transportation of dangerous goods can be found under Schedule XV of the Regulations.

The following technical modifications to Schedule XV are included in this amendment in order to reflect the changes made to the Transportation of Dangerous Goods Act, 1992 (TDG Act) in 2009: numbering change of item 3 from previously 5(c) to now 5(d); and wording change to reflect new security requirements.

The Minister of Natural Resources has been mandated by the Prime Minister to modernize the National Energy Board (NEB) and to ensure its composition reflects regional views and has sufficient expertise in such fields as environmental science, community development, and Indigenous traditional knowledge. This review will look at issues that are specific to the NEB and fall outside the separate review of Canada's federal environmental assessment processes. It is an opportunity to strengthen the regulatory process and ensure that Canada continues to have a modern, efficient and effective regulator.

As part of this modernization process, the Minister will seek the views of Canadians on reforms to the NEB and the NEB Act. All interested Canadians will have the opportunity to provide input, including industry, non-governmental organizations, academia, the different levels of government and others as required. For more information, visit the Government of Canada website.

The BC Safety Authority (BCSA) is seeking feedback until July 31 on a proposed 1.8% increase to Alternative Safety Approaches fees, to be effective January 1, 2017. Visit the BCSA website to review the consultation material and provide feedback.
MaXfield Inc.
CPA News
On June 21 and 22, the CPA held its 2016 Ontario Seminar & Golf Tournament at the Hockley Valley Resort in Mono, Ontario. Over 150 delegates attended the event, which included a full day of seminar presentations, a supplier exhibition and a golf tournament at the beautiful Hockley Valley Golf Course.
At the recent CPA Ontario Seminar, the International Association of Young Gassers reaffirmed their support for the propane industry in Canada. Darren Eavis, from Total Control Solutions, and a Director on the Young Gassers Board, presented a cheque for US$2500 to CPA Executive Director, Andrea Labelle. The money goes towards the Young Gassers sponsorship of the CPA’s Annual Student Scholarship Award.

The CPA sincerely thanks Darren and the Young Gassers. To learn more about the Young Gassers, visit their website. Winners of the 2016 CPA Awards Program will be announced shortly.

The CPA has introduced an updated logo design as the first step in refreshing the Association’s brand and marketing strategy. The new logo keeps the blue and green colour scheme, as well as the "flame flower" design, but takes on a more modern look which is easier to integrate into printed and digital materials. The old CPA logo will no longer be used.
If you have any questions about the new logo, please contact CPA Director, Marketing, Peter Maddox at or by phone at 416.903.8518.
The CPA is pleased to offer member companies an updated, official CPA logo for use in marketing and promotional materials.
This logo can be used by current CPA members on member company websites, brochures, magazine ads, and any other material to indicate that they are a member of the Canadian Propane Association. The logos, available in both English and French, can be downloaded from The Grid.
The CPA reminds members that they will receive a $200 discount off their annual membership fees for referring an organization/individual that joins the CPA. There is a maximum of $400 dollars/two referrals per member, per year. Contact James Daniels, Manager, Member Services at for details.
Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC) News
ERAC is offering a comprehensive training program aimed at ensuring that Canada's first responders are prepared for incidents involving LPG. "Although LPG transportation incidents are very rare, Transport Canada wants to see industry supporting first responders," says Spencer Buckland, ERAC President. "By offering LPG Firefighting Training, ERAC and our industry Plan Participants are demonstrating full support of Canada's first responders." 
ERAC Plan Participants can sponsor a fire department, in their province or territory of choice, for the LPG Level 1 Mobile Operations training course. The minimum sponsorship of a fire department will be $350. ERAC Plan Participants can also donate propane in the form of a dollar amount or product donation and delivery, for use during the LPG Level 1 Mobile Operations training. To sponsor or donate, contact Ken McMullen, ERAC Manager, Safety & Quality Improvement at or 587.349.5883.
Emergency Response Assistance Canada (ERAC) publishes a quarterly newsletter that includes updates on ERAC activities in both the LPG and Flammable Liquids divisions, upcoming events, and performance data. 

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Bulletins & Notices
Alberta Gas Safety Information Bulletins - REVISED:

Alberta Municipal Affairs Safety Tips:

Alberta Municipal Affairs Safety Tips:

TDG Newsletter:

Compressed Gas Association Event:
October 25-26,2016
National Energy Board LPG Underground Inventory Report:
CPA Energized Magazine:
Spring 2016 Now Available!
Measurement Canada Clarification:

NB Transit Inc.
Code Corner
Question: If a road train or combination vehicle (multiple trailers being pulled by one truck) is carrying dangerous goods, is it required to reproduce a dangerous goods placard at the rear of the last trailer if the last trailer does not contain dangerous goods?

Answer: No, when dangerous goods are placed in a road train, such as A, B or C train trailers, placards must only be displayed on all four sides of the trailer that actually contains the dangerous goods. Displaying a placard on the rear trailer would be considered misleading as to the presence of dangerous goods if it does not contain dangerous goods.

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September 9-10, 2016
Alberta Seminar

September 13, 2016
BC Seminar 

October 19, 2016
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