OTTAWA — The Heating, Refrigeration and Air-conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) was on Parliament Hill recently asking for a federal plan to make homes and buildings more energy efficient to ensure businesses are more competitive and Canadians feel relief on energy bills.
The heating and ventilation industry generates over $7 billion across Canada, and employs nearly 50,000 Canadians nationwide, states a release.
“Our central message is about the transition to a low carbon economy and the policy route to get there,” said David Weishuhn, chair of the HRAI, and president of Blue Flame Heating and Air Conditioning, in a statement.
“The heating, ventilation, air conditioning and refrigeration industry is well positioned to provide meaningful, and highly impactful solutions that will assist Canada in making this economic transition.”
In consultation with provinces, territories and industry stakeholders, Natural Resources Canada has developed a Market Transformation Road Map for Energy Efficient Equipment in the Building Sector.
The HRAI encourages the government to fully fund the recommended measures, as they will work, with minimal delay, to prepare the marketplace for new technologies and building practices for this transition, states the release.
“HRAI is also recommending support that will complement the funding of the Market Transformation Roadmap, including a federal tax credit that would reward home and building owners, and support for low-carbon technologies through an industry-managed incentive program,” added Weishuhn.