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Last year, HRAI was invited by the federal finance committee to make a submission concerning the federal budget for 2019.  HRAI did so and most of its recommendations were acted on, including tax support and financial incentives for investment in commercial energy efficiency and low-carbon retrofits and support for tradesperson skills upgrading. Building on this success, HRAI again made a “pre-budget” submission, with a few simple recommendations:

  1. Fully fund the Market Transformation Road Map for Energy Efficient Equipment in the Building Sector.
  2. Create the conditions for a successful low-carbon transition through funding for skilled tradesperson employment and skills development by

    • Establishing a Workforce Training and Adjustment Fund for Skilled Tradespeople that aim to retrain or learn new skills that will deliver low-carbon solutions
    • Providing direct support to contractors that offer funding for their employees to upskill and retrain through HRAI-delivered programs.
  3. Explore a program of incentives for greater uptake of heat pumps (GSHP and ASHP) as the most energy-efficient, low-carbon method for heating and cooling of homes and buildings.
  4. Re-interpret the federal tax treatment of investments by commercial building owners in improved energy performance by moving from a capital improvement to an operational expense.

HRAI is working with Impact Public Affairs to tailor these submissions to meet the existing mandates and priorities for key ministries within the federal government.  The pre-budget submission was made in early August with the expectation of detailed budget discussions commencing in the fall (post-election).  If there is a change in government, the process of consultation and budget formation would start over, in line with the new government’s mandate.

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