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January 2024 

 

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YK: New climate change actions announced

In December 2023, the Government of Yukon announced new actions that will be incorporated into the Our Clean Future Strategy and implemented by 2030. The actions focus on seven key areas of climate action, including transportation, homes and buildings, energy, people and the environment, communities, innovation, and leadership. Further information can be found here: Government of Yukon announces new climate change actions, shares progress on Our Clean Future strategy | Government of Yukon 

The follow action items may be relevant to the propane sector:   

  • Initiate a set of pilot projects by 2025 to test the use of renewable fuels for transportation, electricity generation, and heating in private and Government of Yukon assets. 
  • Reduce the lifecycle carbon intensity of on-road transportation sold in Yukon, aiming for 30% by 2030 and align emissions intensity with BC’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. 
  • Continue to support development of micro-generation capacity in collaboration with Yukon’s public utilities. 
  • By 2023, incentivize fuel switching for buildings regardless of other retrofit upgrades. 
  • Reduce the life cycle carbon intensity of heating oil sold in Yukon, aiming for 30% by 2030 and align emissions intensity with BC’s Low Carbon Fuel Standard. 
  • Identify and implement best practices and guidelines by 2027 to ensure community infrastructure is resilient to the impacts of climate change. 
  • By 2030, finalize a net-zero and just transition plan in collaboration with Indigenous and municipal and industry partners.

For questions, please contact VP Government Relations, West, Katie Kachur. 

BC: Government references CPA study in policy development

The CPA has been working with the B.C. government to shape the Low Carbon Fuel Standards (LCFS) in a way that more accurately reflects the propane system across the province. While many challenges remain regarding the current regulation, the CPA was encouraged to see that the government referenced the 2022 CPA Life Cycle Analysis Study in their recent analysis for propane carbon intensity (CI). The results of the study indicate that the CI for propane in western Canada should be 73 gCO2e/MJ. Currently the BC LCFS has a CI for propane of 79.87 gCO2e/MJ which places propane retailers (for transportation uses only) in a debt scenario, as opposed to credit opportunities.  

The Low Carbon Fuels Regulation under the Low Carbon Fuels Act became effective January 1, 2024. The new regulation contains similar provisions to the current regulation with some notable new requirements, including: 

  • Renewable and low-carbon jet fuel requirements; 
  • Prescribed specific non-transportation fuel end uses; 
  • New provisions for determining discretionary penalties and updated maximum penalties; 
  • A supplier exemption threshold for jet fuel until 2028 and; 
  • A volumetric exclusion for electricity   

The CPA will be providing a “how to” guide on navigating the LCFS for the BC Committee to meet reporting timelines (compliance period is January 1-March 31). For questions, please contact VP Government Relations, West, Katie Kachur. 

Informative documents 

BC: CPA attends important energy forum to highlight the role of propane

The CPA played a key role at the Natural Resources Forum, held annually in Prince George, B.C. CPA’s President & CEO Shannon Watt participated in a panel discussing sustainable energy solutions, alongside senior representatives from LNG Canada, FortisBC and ARC Resources. The CPA met with dozens of local, provincial, federal and Indigenous stakeholders throughout the three-day event, highlighting propane’s role in the province, particularly in rural and remote communities in northern B.C.  

Watt and VP Government Relations, West Katie Kachur heard from important government officials such as Premier Eby, Minister Osbourne, Minister Cullen, Minister Ralston, Minster Heyman, BC United leader Kevin Falcon, Chief Crystal Smith, FN LNG CEO Karen Ogen-Toews and Federal Minister David Wilkinson. Watt also participated in an interview with a local radio station as part of the advocacy activities.  

CPA members in attendance included AltaGas, Ovintiv, Parkland, Pembina Pipelines, Superior Propane and Tourmaline. The CPA encourages all CPA members active in B.C. to attend the 2025 event as a key advocacy opportunity. Please contact Katie Kachur for further details.  

MB: CPA requests propane added to fuel tax holiday list

The CPA presented to the Standing Committee on Social and Economic Development regarding Bill 3 (The Fuel Tax Amendment Act). Chris Crawford, Vice-President, Government Relations, Ontario and Manitoba, requested an amendment to Bill 3 to include propane in the list of fuels that would receive a fuel tax holiday. Propane was not added to the list of fuels in the Bill; however, the CPA looks forward to continuing its positive collaboration with the Manitoba government.   

ON: Important meetings highlight Line 5 and switching homeowners from heating oil to propane

In early December 2023, the CPA had two productive meetings in Toronto to discuss Line 5 and the CPA’s budget submission to the Ontario government.  

CPA President and CEO Shannon Watt and VP Government Relations, Ontario and Manitoba, Chris Crawford met with the new United States Consul General for Toronto, Baxter Hunt. They highlighted the importance of Line 5 to Canada’s propane industry in addition to the association’s collaboration with the U.S.’s Propane Education and Research Council and the National Propane Gas Association.   

The second meeting occured with the Minister of Finance’s Office at Queen’s Park. Shannon and Chris were joined by CPA board member James Callow. The meeting focused on the CPA’s 2024 Ontario Pre- Budget Submission which included three recommendations: the Rural Propane Retrofit Program that calls for moving Ontarians from high-emission and expensive oil to propane; the elimination of the fuel tax on auto propane; and encouraging the province to invest in biofuels to help Canada reach its target of net-zero by 2050.  

ATL: Home heating and transportation highlight CPA’s pre-budget submissions in Atlantic Canada

The CPA has filed its pre-budget submissions in Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador. 

The submissions focus on recommendations that will ensure affordability and reduce emissions in the home heating and transportation sectors for Atlantic Canadians, demonstrating how propane can enhance low-emission programming already in place while providing energy choice.  

The submissions outline that there are many economic and environmental advantages the expanded use of propane can provide to Atlantic Canadians, especially at a time when there is an urgent need for affordable, dependable, and low-emission energy.  

In its rush to electrification, the federal government has ignored low-emission programs that could feature propane and immediately reduce GHGs. The CPA has proposed the Low Emission Energy Retrofit Program (LEERP) which would complement the energy transitions already underway. It would provide funding for home energy retrofits away from oil to propane that would reduce energy costs and GHGs. 

In transportation, the CPA is recommending that Atlantic Canadian governments prioritize the procurement of low-emission propane school buses which would reduce operation costs and practically eliminate exposure to harmful toxins.  

Provincial budgets are expected to be announced in late winter or early spring. 

CPA comments on Clean Fuel Regulations and congratulates N.W.T. Premier Simpson

The Canadian Propane Association (CPA) routinely provides letters and submissions addressing government consultations and various public policy matters. View our latest here:  

The importance of propane relayed to ON Finance Committee and Economic Affairs

CPA board member Jason Cooper participated in the Ontario government public hearings for the Standing Committee Finance and Economic Affairs on Jan. 17, 2024. Cooper relayed the importance of the Ontario government to provide energy choice for rural Ontarians that rely on propane as a critical energy choice to heat homes, their barns and to dry their crops. He presented the CPA’s three asks to the government: Off-oil program to switch to propane and as a backup to heat pumps, removal of the 4.3 cent transportation tax on propane, and research and development in biopropane. 

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Please RSVP your attendance to Chris Crawford at chriscrawford@propane.ca.

CPA News

NEW! CPA Partner of the Industry Sponsorship

The CPA is thrilled to announce our first partner of the Partner of the Industry Sponsorship opportunity – Maxquip! This partnership underscores our commitment to advancing industry partnerships and providing a unique opportunity for members to connect with the propane industry.  

Join Maxquip and elevate your brand visibility and industry influence by investing in the $25,000 Partner of the Industry sponsorship. This unique opportunity provides an exclusive platform to showcase your commitment as well as position your brand as a key player in the propane industry.  

Benefits include: 

  • Recognition and benefits as PARTNER OF THE INDUSTRY at CPA events, including complimentary registration at all CPA events and golf hole sponsorship at CPA golfing events 
  • Recognition on the CPA website and newsletters year-round 
  • Logo and feature article in the CPA Annual Report 
  • Dedicated social media exposure 
  • Attend and present at an in-person advocacy event  

Join the CPA as a Partner of the Industry and reap the benefits of year-round recognition and a wide array of exclusive privileges. Your commitment will help us strengthen the industry and continue our mission to drive positive change 

To secure your spot or to discuss a customized sponsorship package, please contact Membership and Events Manager Sherri Clair. We look forward to partnering with you to make the $25,000 Partner of the Industry Sponsorship a mutually beneficial success! 

Celebrate Excellence: Nominate for the CPA Awards Today! Deadline MARCH 8

The CPA is proud to honour the trailblazers, visionaries, and champions who drive the ongoing success of the propane industry. It’s time to shine a spotlight on those exceptional individuals and companies whose unwavering commitment and dedication, drive our industry to greater heights.  

These prestigious biennial awards will be presented at the signature CPA Gala Dinner taking place on Wednesday, May 15, 2024, in Ottawa, ON as part of the CPA Leadership Summit, which brings together leaders and innovators from across the propane industry.  

The CPA invites nominations for outstanding individuals and companies across various categories. Whether you wish to nominate your achievements or recognize the exceptional endeavours of others, this is your chance to elevate the best in our industry. The categories for nominations include: 

  • The Lifetime Industry Achievement Award recognizes an individual who has made significant or consistent outstanding contributions to the advancement of the Canadian propane industry. This individual is regarded as possessing integrity, honesty and the respect of his or her peers. 
  • The Health & Safety Award is given to a company or individual in the propane industry who demonstrates a successfully implemented new program or an improvement in an existing program to promote, support and enhance a healthy and safe workplace environment. 
  • The Innovation Award supports exceptional work executed inside or outside of the CPA membership that contributes to the advancement of the propane industry. Up to four awards may be awarded. 
  • The PTI Training Award acknowledges a Propane Training Institute trainer who achieves excellence in the classroom. This individual contributes to the promotion and understanding of the propane industry through training.

Nomination documents must be received by the CPA no later than March 8, 2024.

Click on the awards above to download nomination forms or visit the Awards section on the CPA website.   

For sponsorship opportunities, contact Sherri Clair at sherriclair@propane.ca 

Join the Celebration: National Propane Day Returns for Round Two! 

March 20,204 if your day to showcase the many benefits of propane and share your propane story. This year’s theme, “Powering Tomorrow for a Sustainable Future” emphasizes our industry’s commitment to environmental responsibility and the vital role propane plays in building a sustainable energy future.

On National Propane Day, the CPA will also be launching our industry’s roadmap for producing renewable propane in Canada. This endeavour will be crucial in demonstrating that propane is a long-term viable energy that is an enduring, integral component of Canada’s energy portfolio.

To help you make the most of this special day, the CPA has put together a comprehensive National Propane Day toolkit. It includes a range of resources such as key messages, ready-to-use social media posts, images, and ideas for you to get involved. Download the National Propane Day toolkit here or on the CPA National Propane Day web page.

For any questions, please reach out to Sr. Director of Communications and Marketing, Tammy Hirsch.

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CPA Out and About

EDPRO Energy Group Field Trip with Chris Crawford

CPA’s Chris Crawford on a ride-along with propane bulk truck driver Mariolina Murillo of EDPRO Energy Group Inc. in Toronto, ON.

Propane Shines at BC Natural Resources Forum

Shannon Watt participating on a panel with Doug Slater, Fortis BC; Armin Jahangiri, ARC Resources; and Teresa Waddington, LNG Canada

Shannon interview with Trudi Klassen, CFIS93.1

Shannon Watt with Stuart Muir, Resource Works

Katie Kachur with Lisha Hassanali, LNG Canada

Shannon Watt with Shannon Joseph, Energy for a Secure Future

Market Insights

CICE has announced a Call for Innovation inviting clean energy and climate technology innovators from across British Columbia to share groundbreaking solutions with high potential to advance the world towards a net-zero future. Applications accepted Jan. 24-Feb. 29, 2024.  

Industry Resources and Propane Stats

Click on the links below to find updated propane storage levels, exports, pricing, and rail data. This is publicly collected data updated on a weekly or monthly basis.

Propane and Butanes Export Summary

Canadian Propane Exports by volumes/destinations/modes

Canadian Propane Inventory & Storage levels

Consumer Prices for Propane Fuel (canada.ca)

Weekly rail performance indicators – Propane products

The CPA welcomes new members

Western Canada

  • Thompson Valley Propane – Retailer: Kamloops, BC
  • Flashpoint Energy – Wholesaler: Sherwood Park, AB

Eastern Canada

  • Sunderland Co-operative Inc. – Retailer: Lindsay, ON

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CPA Events - SAVE THE DATES!

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CPA Member Breakfast – 2024 NPGA Expo

When: April 5, 2024
Time: 8:00 am – 9:30 am
Where: Charlotte Marriott City Centre

Canadian Propane Association Leadership Summit 2024

When: May 14-16, 2024
Where: Ottawa Marriott Hotel
100 Kent Street, Ottawa, ON
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CPA Atlantic Seminar & Golf Tournament 2024

When: June 4-5, 2024
Where: Rodd Brudenell River Resort
86 Dewars LN, Cardigan, PE
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CPA Ontario Seminar & Golf Tournament 2024

When: June 19-20, 2024
Where: Sheraton Fallsview
5875 Falls Avenue
Niagara Falls, ON L2G

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Other Industry Events

February 29 - March 2: Young Women in Energy (YME) Summit

Content will span leadership development, gender diversity and energy industry thought leadership, and curated networking with like-minded women.

Where: Kananaskis, AB.
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