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On November 30, Federal Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland presented the 2020 fall economic statement. Of interest to CPA members, the minister noted that the “safety net” created by the federal government to combat COVID-19 will remain in place until 2021. She also unveiled additional substantial federal spending for virus testing and tracing, procurement of personal protective equipment, and pandemic-related supports for businesses and families.

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As municipalities across Canada look to develop projects that will result in reducing GHGs, the CPA believes there can be an important role for Canada’s propane industry to play in partnering in those efforts. Recently, the Federation of Canadian Municipalities issued a report called: Building back better together that provides important investment opportunities while at the same time reduces Canada’s carbon footprint.

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British Columbia Premier John Horgan announced a new cabinet on November 27, 2020 while warning about challenging times ahead because of the pandemic. The new cabinet includes 20 ministers and four ministers of state. 

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British Columbia is accepting applications from local governments, Indigenous communities and not-for-profit organizations for nearly $136 million in infrastructure grants to help communities develop resilience in response to COVID-19. This program offers CPA members the opportunity to partner with these three groups to advance switching communities from diesel fuel for heating and power generation to propane. 

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On November 24, 2020, the CPA provided the Alberta government with its 2021 budget recommendations which highlight the benefits of propane. The theme of the Alberta government’s plan for the next year – Alberta’s Recovery Plan: Creating Jobs, Building, and Diversifying – speaks to the importance of creating jobs and diversifying the economy while balancing the need to lower the province’s GHG emissions.

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On November 30, 2020, the Saskatchewan government unveiled its agenda for the next session of the legislature. The ongoing pandemic response and fulfilling the government’s election commitments were the two main focuses of the 2020 speech from the throne, entitled Strong Saskatchewan.

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On November 19, 2020, Minister of the Environment, Conservation and Parks, Jeff Yurek, released a discussion paper on hydrogen development prospects for Ontario that suggests hydrogen has the potential to be low carbon, for example, if produced from Ontario’s electricity grid. While the CPA supports low-carbon energy solutions and lowering provincial GHG emissions, the propane sector strongly discourages public sector investment targeted to a single energy or technology solution.

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As CPA members are aware, Ontario governments have actively promoted natural gas expansion projects, even where uneconomically viable, across the province for years. An audit report released by Ontario's Auditor General has stated that since 2005, natural gas use in buildings has increased by 15 per cent – three times more than for uses in other applications. As a result, buildings are the third-largest source of emissions in Ontario, contributing 40 megatonnes (Mt) or 24 per cent of the provincial total. 

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On December 2, the CPA met virtually with new Minister of Environment and Climate Change, Gary Crossman, to discuss the game-changing advantages of propane and ensure the inclusion of low-emission propane in the province's future plans to reduce GHGs. 

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Traditionally, propane providers in Newfoundland and Labrador have sourced their propane from the North Atlantic Refinery in Come By Chance. With the refinery presently in standby mode as of March, 2020 due to COVID-19 and economic concerns, suppliers are looking for ways to replace the propane normally available from the North Atlantic refinery.

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The CPA is pushing forward with efforts to have exemptions for propane treated the same as gas and diesel in agriculture applications under the federal carbon tax. In provinces where the Greenhouse Gas Pollution Pricing Act is enforced such as Alberta, Saskatchewan, Manitoba and Ontario, propane does not enjoy the same tax exemptions from the carbon tax that heavier fuels do. As a result, the CPA has been pushing for a level playing field.

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In an ongoing effort to ensure the continuation of Enbridge Line 5, the CPA wrote to Michigan Governor Whitmer on December 4 in response to her latest efforts to shut down Line 5. On November 13, the Governor took legal action, notifying Enbridge that she was revoking an easement to the pipeline in Michigan where it crosses the Straits of Mackinac. Whitmer hopes to have Line 5 shut down by May 2021.

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The CPA continues to closely follow the activities of Enbridge Gas Limited as it seeks Ontario Energy Board (OEB) approval to levy a number of new charges to current and future natural gas customers in Ontario communities. As members may recall, in October 2020, the OEB approved Enbridge’s application to add a number of new charges to current and future customers. The Board approved the establishment of harmonized charges across all of Enbridge Gas’s rate zones, “to provide a predictable rate and approach to customer payments for expansion projects.”

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The CPA is pleased to announce that François Foucault has joined the CPA Team as Director of Training. He will be working with VP Regulatory Affairs and Safety Robert Loenhart to ensure our training material meets the industry’s highest quality standards and complies with Canada’s Codes and Standards. François holds a bachelor's degree in Industrial Relations and worked for several years in the airline industry as a trainer and an airline pilot.

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The CPA/PTI is pleased to announce that a key element crucial to testing hoses with nitrogen used by many CPA members to meet hose testing requirements under the CSA B620 7.2.10 Hose Assembly Inspection and Testing is now included in PTI course material.

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The Propane Training Institute is now providing FREE delivery for orders over $250 thanks to Staples, its new national multi-location print supplier. The Propane Training Institute is excited to announce that starting December 4, we began providing member companies with a new supplier of printed training manuals and exams. The new supplier arrangement with Staples means significant savings in shipping costs for all orders and faster turnaround.

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Alberta is now under several new mandatory measures as cases surge: All indoor and outdoor social gatherings – public and private – are prohibited, mandatory masks and work from home, and retail is now limited to 15 per cent of fire code occupancy. 

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The Ontario government has extended all orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) until January 20, 2021. It has also moved several regions from their current level in the Keeping Ontario Safe and Open Framework.

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The Québec government has announced a hiatus during the holiday season, from December 17 to January 10 inclusive, in order to curb the increase in new COVID-19 cases.

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As of December 7, 2020, P.E.I. is transitioning to a COVID-19 circuit breaker phase for two weeks. This circuit breaker phase is a time-limited intervention designed to get control of the situation at hand and break the chain of transmission of COVID-19. It will be reassessed throughout this period.

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In early 2021, the CPA will be establishing two new councils that will assist the Board of Directors in fulfilling its responsibilities to improve member engagement which will provide increased value for CPA members. The new councils, the Retail Council and the Producer/Wholesaler/Transport Council will serve in support of the CPA Board’s External Affairs Committee and will draw on the knowledge and capacity of members to support the development, promotion and the interests of Canada’s propane industry in these two specific areas.

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Each December, the CPA Saskatchewan committee donates to several charities, through the suggestions of their members. Several worthy organizations were suggested and after careful review, the following charities each received a $500 donation.

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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 November 17, 2020.

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Canadian Propane Association/Association canadienne du propane
410 Laurier Avenue West, Suite 406
Ottawa, Ontario
K1R 1B7
Tel: (613) 683-2270 | www.propane.ca