Please read the following and see the attached documents regarding important regulatory information on:

1) BC Ministry of Finance: The use of PST as a retailer
2) BC Ministry of Environment’s New Wood Burning Regulations

Understanding BC PST for Retailers and Installers

It was brought to our attention by the Ministry of Finance that they have encountered several cases involving the misuse of PST within the hearth, patio and barbecue industries. The Ministry of Finance wants to emphasize that if your business makes retail sales of goods and also installs goods into buildings or land, you are considered a contractor doing business in BC and there are Provincial Sales Tax rules you need to be aware of. In the attached document, you will find links to information pages provided by the ministry as well as contact information. Make sure you know and get the PST right!

BC’s Ministry of Environment’s New Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation

British Columbia has instated new Solid Fuel Burning Appliance Regulations. In an effort to reduce the amount of particulate matter produced from woodburning appliances, the Ministry of Environment has stated that as of November 1st 2016, all new woodburning appliances sold in BC are to be certified to meet PM emissions standards set by the US EPA 2015 (4.5 gm/hr) or equivalent standards set by the Canadian Standards Association in 2010. The regulation also specifies what fuels may be burned, and has provisions around the sale and installation of outdoor wood boilers. The new regulation does not affect existing wood stoves or fireplaces.

Documents Attached:

1) HPBAC Regulatory Update
2) BC Ministry of Environment Fact Sheet of Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation
3)  BC Ministry of Environment Questions and Answers on the Solid Fuel Burning Domestic Appliance Regulation

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