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HRAI Board of Directors was in Ottawa last week to deliver a message about HVACR sector priorities to federal decision makers. As a result, there is a greater understanding of the vital role our industry plays in shaping Canadian economic, and social sectors. HRAI created new relationships and advanced issues that we have been working on with industry supporters in government.

“We let government officials know we are not only at the table, but are vital partners in to the transition to a low-carbon economy, and to meet those fast approaching 2030 emission targets,” said HRAI Chair, David Weishuhn during the press conference kicking off HRAI’s lobby day. The press conference was broadcast live to Parliament Hill offices, where all MPs and staff were able to tune in and listen to Weishuhn and HRAI staff discuss the role of the sector.

HRAI’s central message was the need to transition to a low carbon economy, and the policy route to get there. The momentum built by Natural Resources Canada, and other industry stakeholders to invest in low-carbon, and energy-efficient solutions was a focus of the Hill Day. Recent and pending policy reversals at the provincial level have the potential to significantly slow these efforts down, but new monetary commitments to alleviate those concerns present new opportunities for the federal government.

Meetings with high-level government officials drove home the importance of taking these steps.  Decision makers were eager to listen to industry recommendations, and to understand the targeted measures that will accommodate Canada’s regionally varied needs.

 “The most important thing for us today was to urge decision makers to fully fund policy measures that will improve energy performance in buildings, re-interpret the 2016 federal tax treatment of investments, and most importantly, allow Canadians to feel relief on their energy bills,” said HRAI President & CEO, Sandy MacLeod. “I feel confident leaving today’s meetings, and am thrilled to know our members of Parliament are aligned in support of our objectives,” he added.

“We want to yet again remind decision makers that the heating, ventilation, air conditioning, and refrigeration industry is an important stakeholder that needs to be at the consultation table,” said Weishuhn. “In light of the upcoming federal election, it is vital that momentum is not lost, and we continue to work towards a low-carbon economy,” concluded Weishuhn.

HRAI did well to connect this issue with pocketbook issues that are a mainstay of political messaging from coast-to-coast-to-coast. Better energy efficiency in the built environment will ensure Canadians will feel relief from high energy bills, and industry stakeholders can begin the climb to realizing Canada’s 2030 emission targets.

For more information, please contact:

Sandy MacLeod, President & CEO
905-602-4700 ext. 238 or smacleod@hrai.ca