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On September 26, HRAI Director of Programs and Relations Martin Luymes joined representatives from the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) in meetings in Ottawa with NRCan, the Treasury Board Secretariat’s Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) and National Research Council (NRC) to advocate for a greater degree of harmonization among provinces on regulations, codes and standards.

The three government agencies shared their policy priorities and discussed how these could be achieved in conjunction with the new provisions contained in the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) which affects trade relations among provinces and territories within Canada.  NRC representatives related that harmonization of codes is a top priority for the codes development system that it oversees.  NRCan reported that its climate change mitigation strategy will depend on close collaboration with provincial governments and advised on ways to ensure a coordinated approach to energy efficiency regulation among the provinces. The Treasury Board Secretariat outlined some of the new mechanisms for aligning provincial regulations that have been introduced under the CFTA.

HRAI will work with CIPH on a series of follow-up actions to these discussions that will be aimed at delivering the harmonization message to relevant provincial agencies.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235 or email mluymes@hrai.ca.