< Browse more articles


For immediate release Oct 15, 2019

Toronto - The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) and the Ontario Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Contractors Association (ORAC) have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) to strengthen the co-operative relationship between the two organizations. Under the agreement, the two groups will join forces to increase their impact and efficiency in specific areas of mutual interest.

Together they will identify and appoint a government relations specialist to engage with the Ontario Provincial government and will also share in the appointment of a public relations firm to develop and disseminate messaging that will benefit the members of both HRAI and ORAC. A joint Ontario Government Relations Committee will be created consisting of equal members from each organization.

In addition, the two organizations will supply appointees from within their ranks to attend each of the other’s conferences and key meetings and sit on particular bodies such as the ORAC Associates Committee and the HRAI Contractors Division Board.

Other joint initiatives are still being finalized and are likely to include a webinar series, communications campaigns, and sharing of research resources.

“This new relationship will benefit members of both HRAI and ORAC,” said HRAI President & CEO Sandy MacLeod. “It will optimize the resources of both organizations, advance our mutual goals, and create synergies from the combined effort.”

The MOU is seen as a temporary step while a more formal agreement is finalized. The current plan is to enter into a two-year agreement, with an option for a further two years.

About the HRAI

Founded in 1968, the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) is a non-profit national trade association that represents more than 1,150 member companies in the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration (HVACR) industry.  Our members include manufacturers, wholesalers, and contractors who employ more than 50,000 people in Canada and represent an industry that delivers more than $7B annually to the Canadian economy.

About the ORAC

ORAC represents Ontario’s largest single organized body of contractor practitioners in the industrial, commercial, institutional, and residential refrigeration and air conditioning trade.

As an industry leader for over 47 years, ORAC has actively and responsibly participated in making Ontario’s trade contractors one of the most advanced and efficient in North America.