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Speculation continues to swirl regarding the direction and agenda the Federal Government will set with its upcoming September 23rd Throne Speech.

Data published by Abacus Data on September 15 indicate that the significant majority of Canadians, across all political party lines, want to see major changes from the federal government in response to the COVID-19.

In its pre-budget document and other submissions to the federal government, HRAI-Canada has pressed for targeted investments in home and building energy retrofit as part of any post-COVID economic recovery program.  The association has also supported advocacy initiatives led by Efficiency Canada and the Canada Green Building Council.

Recently and over the past two years, Martin Luymes, HRAI VP of Government and Stakeholder Relations has worked actively to ensure that the HVACR sector’s ideas, recommendations and concerns are well positioned and well understood.  Numerous discussions and meetings with key senior officials from a variety of ministries including Natural Resources, Environment and Climate Change, Canadian Heritage and Families, Children and Social Development and Infrastructure and Communities continue to occur.

The key message being delivered is that the HVACR sector has solutions for increased job creation and training opportunities, for reducing carbon emissions and for increasing energy efficiency and climate change resiliency in the building trades sector. More recently, HRAI has added more emphasis on the potential for improving IAQ in homes and buildings while making these investments.

The federal government will deliver its Throne Speech on September 23. HRAI will be listening closely to determine if the government heard its message and recommendations.