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Last week, HRAI, submitted a written set of proposals to the Federal Finance Committee for its deliberations on the 2021 Federal Budget. The proposals focus some key industry concerns around workforce training and development as well as positioning the HVAC industry and its technologies positively in light of what is expected to be a key focus of the budget: stimulus spending that will promote energy efficiency and carbon emission reductions.

HRAI’s recommendations include the following:

  1. That the federal government introduce a national incentive program for building owners, managers and businesses to invest in industrial, commercial and institutional (ICI) retrofits of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning systems to reduce greenhouse gas emissions while improving air quality and comfort.
  2. That the federal government explore the potential of delivering an incentive program to encourage investments in household energy savings and carbon emission reductions through new heating and cooling equipment.
  3. That the federal government immediately implement the Canada Apprenticeship Service, outlined in the mandate letter of the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, to bring more skilled trades people to the Heating, Ventilation, Air-conditioning and Refrigeration (HVACR) sector.
  4. That the federal government invest in a workforce training and adjustment fund to assist industries in retraining and re-deploying their personnel to meet the challenges of the new economy.

Intended to stimulate discussions on budget ideas, the proposals are not fully costed out as yet.  HRAI hopes to have follow-up discussions with the Finance Committee once budget consultations begin.  Similar submissions have yielded some positive outcomes for the industry over the past two years.  For a copy of HRAI’s submission, click here.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 416-453-5899 or email mluymes@hrai.ca.