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On August 13, Minister of Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Amarjeet Sohi met with provincial ministers of energy at the 2018 Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference in Iqaluit, Nunavut.  Among other things, the Ministers approved a report with recommendations that was produced by NRCan’s Office of Energy Efficiency in consultation with the provinces and industry stakeholders entitled Paving the Road to 2030 and Beyond: Market transformation road map for energy efficient equipment in the building sector (click on link to see report).

HRAI and a number of its members were engaged with the government in a series of consultations over the past year that led to this report.  The workshops, meetings and submissions culminated in a comprehensive plan that explores the steps needed by industry (R&D, labour market development and more) to support the commitments made in the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, as well as make progress towards the aspirational goals for space heating, water heating and residential windows established at the 2017 Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference.

In a separate submission to the federal Standing Committee on Finance, HRAI has recommended that the federal government fully fund the initiatives that flow out of the Roadmapping report. The federal-provincial plan for moving to a “low-carbon economy” is ambitious, and any success will require that key obstacles or “speedbumps” are addressed properly and in full consultation with industry.

Moving forward into the next phase of the Roadmapping process, NRCan will continue to work with stakeholders to review market status and progress against the “5A’s framework” for market response to new technologies (Availability, Accessibility, Awareness, Affordability and Acceptance), coordinate ongoing and future initiatives, recognize innovative and successful initiatives, and share best practices across Canadian regions. This will occur via a series of implementation teams focused on specific technologies and sectors, which will be launched this fall.

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