CPA Public Affairs
August 2016
News & Updates
On August 20, the Winnipeg Free Press published an op-ed from CPA’s Executive Director Andrea Labelle titled, Propane Industry Can HelpThe op-ed, published to coincide with the Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference (EMMC) in Winnipeg August 21-23, emphasizes propane’s vital role in Canada’s bid to protect the environment while growing its economy. The op-ed can also be viewed on the CPA website.
This month, Transport Canada renewed six (6) CPA Equivalency Certificates to add marine as an accepted mode of transport. The Equivalency Certificates listed below can now be used to transport liquefied petroleum gas and propane by road vehicle or by ship. Previous Equivalency Certificates are hereby revoked and superseded by the new Equivalency Certificates, which are available on the CPA Website
  • SU 11123 (Ren. 6)
  • SU 11773 (Ren. 1)
  • SU 11028 (Ren. 3)
  • SU 11248 (Ren. 3)
  • SU 10644 (Ren. 5)
  • SU 10349 (Ren. 6)

Pictured L-R: Ward Hepting, Legacy Buses; Terry Hebert, Canwest Propane; Jess Henderson, ROUSH CleanTech; Max Bouchard, Blue Bird; David White, LP3 Transportation; Elena Chase, RCSD Transportation Officer
On August 10, Allan Murphy, CPA Senior Director of Public Affairs & Policy, attended the unveiling of the Regina Catholic School District’s new fleet of 89 Blue Bird propane-powered school buses. The school district now runs 100 per cent of its school buses on propane, supplied by Canwest Propane, and has the largest fleet of propane buses in Saskatchewan.

The Blue Bird Vision Propane buses emit 80 per cent fewer smog-producing hydrocarbons and virtually eliminate particulate matter when compared with diesel. Along with environmental benefits, the new Blue Bird buses were chosen for their ability to start in cold weather, retain heat in the cabin more effectively, and operate more quietly. Buses fuelled by propane reduce engine noise levels by 11 decibels, or about 50 per cent, compared with diesel-fuelled buses. For more information, visit the Blue Bird website.
On August 19, the CPA submitted a brief to the Government of New Brunswick as part of the government’s efforts to fight climate change. The brief highlights the climate change solutions that propane can offer New Brunswick for transportation, public infrastructure, back-up energy, and remote and rural communities. The brief was sent in response to a call for consultations, after the government established a select committee on climate change in April and published a discussion guide titled Building a Stronger New Brunswick Response to Climate Change in May.
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.

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CPA News
The CPA is hosting a Lobby Day at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Ontario, on September 28. There is an opportunity for a small number of members to participate in this exciting initiative and to influence key Ministers and MPPs. If you are interested in attending, please contact Peter Maddox, Ontario Regional Manager, at 416.903.8518 or
The special summer edition of Energized magazine is now available. The magazine is published in conjunction with the annual Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference (EMMC), and is distributed to all attendees in addition to the regular subscription list.
Highlights include:
  • Interview with Canada's Minister of Natural Resources The Hon. James Carr
  • Realities of Switching to Natural Gas 
  • PTI Looks to Innovative Ways to Keep Trainers & Students Informed
  • Learning from Fort McMurray: ERAC Encourages Organizations to Reflect on Crisis
  • London Police Cruise on Propane
After over five years of service with the CPA, Allison Mallette, Director, Communications & Research, will be leaving the CPA at the end of August. Allison is moving to the U.S. and is unable to continue working for the CPA.

Allison joined the CPA on the first day its doors opened on January 1, 2011, after almost four years of working with the Propane Gas Association of Canada (PGAC). Over the years, Allison has contributed to the Association’s work in policy, research and communications roles. Her contribution as part of the senior management team, attention to detail and proficient communication skills were vital to the successful growth of the CPA.

We thank Allison for her hard work and dedication and wish her all the best in the future. She will be greatly missed by everyone at the CPA.
The CPA welcomes a new Director of Communications, Tammy Hirsch. Tammy has spent more than a decade in the oil and gas industry, and holds a Communications degree from the University of Calgary. Past accomplishments include owning and publishing EnviroLine, an environmental business newsletter, executing special communications projects for the Alberta Energy Regulator, being part of an award-winning stakeholder engagement team with Statoil Canada and most recently, writing a highly lauded stakeholder report for Seven Generations Energy. 

As Director of Communications for the CPA, Tammy is responsible for overseeing all internal and external communications, including member bulletins, the CPA Insider newsletter, Energized magazine and social media. Tammy started with the CPA on August 4 and is based in the Calgary office. She can be reached at or 587.349.5876.
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 ERAC at or 587.349.5880.
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, training and performance data. 

If you would like to be added to the distribution list, please click here.

Bulletins & Notices
Compressed Gas Association Event:
October 25-26,2016
National Energy Board LPG Underground Inventory Report:
Measurement Canada Clarification:
NB Transit Inc.
Code Corner
The Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) Regulations apply to all dangerous goods unless those dangerous goods are exempted in Schedule 2, Special Provisions or Part 1, Special Cases. In addition to Training, Classification, Special Provisions and Special Cases, the following requirements of the TDG Regulations also apply:  
  • Determining if an Emergency Response Assistance Plan (ERAP) is required for the dangerous goods and preparing an ERAP for submission to the TDG Directorate. You can find the ERAP requirements in Part 7. 
  • Determining the additional requirements for a particular mode of transport. Refer to TDG Regulations Parts 9, 10, 11 and 12 for requirements specific to transport by road, rail, marine and air. 
  • Determining if a report is required and to whom it should be made to. You can find the reporting requirements in Part 8. 
  • Determining the maximum allowable quantity of dangerous goods per means of transport for a ship, road or railway vehicle carrying passengers. Refer to Schedule 1, columns 8 and 9. 
  • Selecting the appropriate means of containment for dangerous goods in accordance with Part 5, Means of Containment. 
  • Displaying the dangerous goods safety marks in accordance with Part 4 (i.e. labels, proper shipping name, UN number). 
  • Completing the shipping document in accordance with Part 3.
Upcoming Events

September 9-10, 2016
Alberta Seminar

September 13, 2016
BC Seminar 

October 6, 2016
Atlantic Committee Meeting

October 19, 2016
Board of Directors Meeting
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