Regulatory Affairs
May 31, 2021

#PROPANEday marks its third edition this year on Monday, June 7. #PROPANEday is celebrated around the world-wide each year by the industry to raise awareness around propane and increase the visibility of the benefits of this exceptional energy.


Currently, the Environment and Climate Change Canada regulations require environmental emergency plans that place burdensome requirements on the propane industry, as well as on some residences and small farms. The CPA is working to affect change to these requirements to better protect propane customers from the added costly measures.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) is once again conducting a review of its alternative fuelling stations in their Alternative Alternative Fuelling Stations Locator. 

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 May 19, 2021.

The CPA has signed an agreement with Underwriters Laboratories of Canada to evaluate CG-7 pressure relief device performance concerning service life in excess of the mandated 10-year replacement interval. WE NEED YOU: we have 60 days to provide our first samples. 

As announced previously, Transport Canada is providing a bulletin to inspectors directing them to no longer conduct queries on distributors who are currently required to provide a copy of a cylinder requalification document to new owners.

Technical Safety BC announced that effective May 17, 2021 their fees will increase by two per cent. The increase is being applied to funding education opportunities, compliance, and enforcement activities. 

As members know, on May 1, 2021 Ontario’s Technical Standards and Safety Authority imposed its new fee structure for regulated industries. Propane businesses received the new fee schedule for their operations in late April 2021, and reported increases of at least 20-40 per cent across the board. For some applications, such as bulk plants with two 30,000 tanks and an ancillary dispenser on site, fees more than doubled from $5,500 to $12,000, due to the new category bands established.

Pro-Par Inc.
PTI - Propane Training Institute

PTI Operational Procedures for Trainers – 700-04 – April 2021, has been updated and is available through the Document Centre (category: All trainers). This version of the operational procedures should be read by all active PTI trainers as there are important updates to our operating procedures.

Provinces continue to adjust to the pandemic by reducing or increasing the size of groups for indoor and outdoor public and private gatherings, depending on rising case numbers. Check out Destination Canada's up-to-date information on regulations for safely meeting across Canada.

Please refer to the CPA's Best practices recommended during COVID-19 - Measures for Reopening your Retail Operations, produced to assist you in hosting a training session during COVID-19.


Active COVID-19 cases have rapidly decreased in Alberta and vaccination rates continue to go up. Alberta's Open for Summer Plan eases restrictions in three stages as vaccination targets are reached and hospitalizations decline. The province will enter Stage 1 on June 1. Until then, all current provincewide restrictions remain in place, with additional restrictions in high case regions. If the government's milestones are reached, all restrictions could be lifted by late June or early July. 


On May 20 the Ontario government released the province’s “Roadmap to Reopen”, a three-step plan that will guide the province. As in certain other provinces, the reopening will proceed on the basis of vaccination and hospitalization benchmarks. The first stage is likely to take effect mid-June with non-essential retailers allowed to open at 15% capacity, outdoor dining permitted for up to 4 people and outdoor gatherings of 10 people permitted. For more information on what the opening plans means for business, read Stikeman Elliot’s overview here.


Québec has unveiled its staged re-opening plan which aims to see things almost “back to normal” by the end of the summer. Starting May 28, the curfew will be lifted throughout Québec, restaurant terraces may open, small private outdoor gatherings permitted and large indoor venues and outdoor stadiums may open with pre-assigned seating. Read Stikeman Elliot’s full overview on what the opening plans means for business here.


On May 27, 2021, the New Brunswick government announced guidelines outlining the path toward the Green level of its COVID-19 recovery plan. The plan includes three phases to slowly loosen restrictions, with target dates based on anticipated vaccination rates and low numbers of COVID-19 hospitalizations. The three phases are expecting to come into effect on June 7 (Phase 1), July 1 (Phase 2), and August 2 (Phase 3).


On May 27, 2021, the Prince Edward Island government  unveiled a new Moving Forward plan to relax COVID-19 public health measures.  The timeline will be adjusted as needed to respond to the evolving COVID-19 situation. Anticipated opening dates are as follows: June 6 (Step 1), June 27 (Step 2), July 18 (Step 3), August 8 (Step 4), and September 12 (Step 5). Until PEI residents are fully vaccinated, public health and travel measures will remain in place.

Free Access to CSA Standards

Transportation of Dangerous Goods (TDG) safety standards published by CSA Group referenced in federal TDG regulations can be accessed for free here.

CPA Committee Updates
  • BC Committee - March 9 Meeting
  • Saskatchewan Committee - May 12 Meeting
  • Auto Propane Committee - March 17 Meeting
  • Manitoba Committee - April 14 Meeting
  • Alberta Committee - March 26 Meeting
  • Ontario Committee - April 21 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: 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 PST
To attend the meeting, please contact Tanis Fiss.

Date: September 15, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 11:30 am EDT
To attend the meeting, please contact Marcelline Riddell.

Date: September 16, 2021
Time: 10:00 am - 12:00 pm CDT
To attend the meeting, please contact Tanis Fiss.

Date: September 23, 2021
Time: 2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
To attend the meeting, please contact Jean-François Duguay.

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

RegO Company
ValvTect Petroleum Products
Quality Steel Corporation
Lock America, Inc

Due to the pandemic, the Canadian Propane Association has cancelled all seminar in-person events for the time being. Please monitor our Events web page for up-to-date information.

June 15, 2021
2:00 pm - 3:00 pm EDT
Virtual meeting
Details in the Document Centre in your online member profile (Category: AGM 2021).