Joining the HPBAC

Becoming a member of HPBAC is easy and offers many benefits.

We will support your business by providing options to minimize your operating costs and granting you access to education and communication programs. We will advocate on your behalf to local and federal government and other organizations, keeping you updated on threats and opportunities that may affect you. We welcome you to join a strong network of industry members and thank you for your support!

 

It is difficult to put a dollar value on some of the work the association does for the industry. We like to call it priceless.

Government Affairs & Advocacy

  • Protection against unfair regulation
  • Involvement in codes and standards
  • Updates on upcoming opportunities and threats
  • Support with local advocacy issues, including burn bans or unfair bylaws

Communications & Public Relations

  • Website and social media interaction
  • HPBAC The Voice Newsletter
  • Bulletins and press releases
  • Annual Report
  • Membership Kit
  • Access to useful resources and educational information
  • Market research and industry statistics

Education & Training Programs

  • In-class training
  • Online training programs and special discounts on HPBAC select webinars
  • Free webinars on important topics including issues related to running your business
  • EXPO Education schedule
  • HPB Education Foundation Manuals

Networking

  • At EXPO
  • At regional events
  • Local and national networking opportunities
  • Local and national fellowship

Regional Events & Meetings

  • Up to five free badges to EXPO – Save up to $375
  • Yearly regional events and socials

Free Magazine Subscriptions

  • Hearth & Home – Value $120 US
  • Canadian Homes & Cottages – Value $17.90
  • Patio and Hearth Products Review

Member Savings Programs

Becoming a member of HPBAC means you receive exclusive access to discounts on products and services you use every day. HPBAC has partnered with savings4members to provide you discounts on fuel cards, credit card processing, office supplies, shipping and more! Each vendor is carefully selected for unmatched value, savings, and unbeatable customer service.

Business Services & Supplies

 

Esso Business Card Program

The Esso Business Card Program gives you exceptional fuel savings, powerful easy-to-use fuel management tools, and acceptance at Canada’s largest retail fuel network with over 2,000 Esso and Mobil stations.

Benefits include: Regular savings of 3.4 cents per litre, with frequent additional savings.

HRCovered

HRCovered is a full service human resources consulting company that assists small business organizations with the challenges of managing people.

Benefits include: Unlimited online legislative training, unlimited HR advice and guidance, custom HR document creation, ongoing legislative updates, and annual policy compliance checks.

Lenovo

Lenovo is a major force in business laptops,  mainstream notebooks, 2-in-1 convertibles, and gaming machines in a wide range of prices and styles. 

Benefits include: Discounts on Lenovo’s entire product line including the award-winning ThinkPad notebooks, as well as discounts above and beyond the lenovo.com price, and will frequently receive special offers providing a greater discount.

Staples Business Advantage

Get great perks plus save time and money when you order everything from one place. Your members-only pricing is completely customizable to help you save on your most commonly purchased items.

Benefits include: Save at least 5% on more than 140K products and 20% on paper, ink and toner, plus deep discounts on your favourite’s list of 800 items and free shipping on orders of $50+.

UniFirst Workwear & Facility Services

Uniform Services: Assume as little or as much responsibility as you wish for your overall uniform program by electing to rent, lease, or buy.
Facility Services: Have Unifirst replace soiled floor mats, mops, and wiping products with fresh hygienically clean ones. UniFirst can also restock your restroom supplies.

Benefits include: Up to 40% off uniform and floor mat purchases and rentals, pressing, repairs, size exchanges, and automatic garment replacement due to normal wear and tear, and negotiated lost/damage charges.

JRM Sales & Management

For over 20 years, JRM Sales & Management has helped independent business owners of all shapes and sizes all across America and internationally. JRM will help you achieve dramatically increased sales and profits, and the quality of life you desire.

Education & Training

Insurance

Marketing

Hearth, Patio, Barbecue Education Foundation

HPBEF offers recorded versions of their live classes as well as recordings of some of the great sessions offered at HPBExpo. Access the OnDemand classes at any time, day or night. There are now over 340 classes available.

Benefits include: 20% discount on subscriptions.

National Fireplace Institute

NFI is the professional certification division of the HPBEF, a non-profit educational organization for the hearth industry. NFI’s objective is to increase public safety by establishing meaningful credentials for professionals involved in planning and installing residential hearth appliances and venting systems. 

Benefits include: 33% discount on all exams and manuals, including the new ones being rolled out this year.

CVC Success Group

CVC Success Group is a recognized expert and industry leader in educational presentations. The CVC Base Camp Learning platform is an education program that offers training using virtual presentations available 24/7.

Benefits include: 10% discount on subscriptions.

Withey Insurance Brokers

Official suppliers of Errors & Omissions Insurance for WETT Inspection Services in Canada

In partnership with HPBAC, Withey Insurance Brokers offer the most comprehensive coverage available, including Inspection Services Liability (Errors & Omissions $1,000,000 to $2,000,000). This is also available as a separate policy with premiums starting at $1,000.

 Benefits include: The most competitive pricing coverage available with significant savings, Free Legal Assist hotline, and Accident & Sickness Insurance coverage.

HUB International

HUB International provides business liability as well as property and casualty insurance, bonding, and employee benefits.

Benefits include: Discounts to qualifying HPBAC members and those that are NFI-certified.

Contact 1:1 Marketing Packages by Good Marketing Group

Hire an advertising agency that specializes in the HPB industry and enjoy access to a designated graphic designer and experienced marketing account manager working to keep your advertising efforts consistent and professional, while you run the rest of your business.

Benefits include: 50% discount ($49/month instead of $99).

Constant Contact Email Marketing

With all the tools you need to market your ideas, Constant Contact makes it easy to build a professional brand online. Explore the features and benefits of the Email Marketing or Online Survey tools with a free 60-day trial.

Benefits include: 20% off 6 months prepaid or 25% off 12 months prepaid.

HomeAdvisor

HomeAdvisor is a popular source for homeowners researching service professionals. 

Benefits include: 7% quarterly rebate on all that you spend on the site, helping to maximize your online presence.

Payment Processing

Shipping

Travel Accommodation

Global Payments Credit Card Processing

Global Payments offers a variety of secure payment solutions so you can accept payments wherever your customers do business with you.

Benefits include: Fully transparent pricing, waived fees, month-to-month contracts, locked fees, extensive product suite with industry-specific solutions, and 24/7 multi-lingual support plus 4-hour onsite support.

UPS Small Parcel & Freight Shipping

The UPS Members Benefit Program is free to join and there are no minimum shipping requirements. Benefits apply to new or existing UPS accounts.

Benefits include: 40% off shipments within Canada, the US and worldwide, 25% off imports into Canada, 75% off heavyweight shipments of 150lbs+, 20% off brokerage entry preparation fees, and free Automatic Daily Pickup, UPS On-Call Pickup and Freight Collect 3rd Party Service.

Choice Privileges Rewards Program

HPBAC has teamed up with Choice Hotels® to make Business & Leisure travel a little more enjoyable and convenient. Choice Privileges is free and easy to join, gives you access to members-only rates, and offers many ways for you to earn rewards, free nights and more. Points never expire. Elite members also receive bonus points or welcome gifts with every stay. New enrolments receive 1,000 points!

United Tranz Actions Check Guarantee

UTA will reimburse you IN FULL if your clients’ cheques bounce, and assume the tedious cheque collections process. UTA works with your current banking relationship.

Benefits include: No start-up fees or monthly minimums, electronic authorization program with instant cheque approval, Flate Rate, Direct Debit, Hold Check and COD/Mail order programs, plus 24/7 support.

Lamprey Systems Small Package Auditing

Lamprey Systems tracks and monitors all FedEx/UPS ground, air and international shipments, disputing all service failures and incorrect charges on your behalf, with no long term contracts, shipping minimums, software fees or any other additional charges.

Benefits include: Save per package with 100% credit for late shipments, immediately start receiving weekly shipment reports and audit details by account, and get a no cost evaluation of your current contract and rates.

BookingCommunity.com

BookingCommunity.com provides exclusive access to unpublished hotel rates that are up to 70% less than any other travel or hotel direct website. They offer over 800,000 hotels and an easy-to-use search and booking process.

Succession Planning

NAVIX

NAVIX prepares and guides business owners to reach successful exits. Most owners only have one shot at exit success and we strive to help them reach financial freedom, exit on their own terms, and leave a lasting business legacy.

Profit Plus Solutions

Profit Plus Solutions experts will help collect and review information you need to help you transition out of your business. Whether you want to transfer ownership to the next generation, sell to an employee or put your business on the market for sale, Profit Plus can help.

Sunbelt

Sunbelt, the largest business broker network in the world, is a welcome resource for any HPBAC member who may be thinking of retirement or planning to leave their operation, now or in the near future. Their professional, confidential service will assist HPBAC members with developing a succession plan.

EDUCATION & TRAINING

HPBAC members have access to ongoing professional training in technical, sales, and business management through webinars and special events, as well as essential advocacy training through the popular Government Affairs Academy. 

Webinars

Members can register for upcoming webinars at special prices, and have full access to the HPBAC library of pre-recorded webinars.
Some of our recent webinars include:

The Viral & The Virus: Managing Social Media Amid a Global Pandemic

Hosted by Sussex Adrenaline, this webinar provided practical tips and advice for navigating social media amid COVID-19, as well as providing a series of industry-specific tactics for turning your social presence into a key sales and marketing channel both during and post-pandemic.

What Does COVID-19 Mean for the Value of Your Business?

Delivered by Terry Kelms, President of Sunbelt Franchise Sales & Resales, this webinar addressed the impact of the COVID-19 virus on the overall marketability and value of businesses, buyer mentality, the response of banks and lenders, and how Sunbelt can help.

The Government of Canada’s Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic

Featured special guest MP Rachel Bendayan, Parliamentary Secretary for the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, who provided insight to the GOC’s response to the pandemic.

NSPS Clarification on Certification Requirements  in Canada

HPBA Canada received an important interpretation from the National Research Council of Canada relating to the National Building Code, and hosted a session with members to discuss the newly clarified requirements. 

Education Days

Members receive discounted prices on HPBAC training sessions. Recent Education Days training events include:

Manufacturer-Dealer Technical Training, 2021

HPBAC hosted three compelling online dealer training sessions in 2021. Delivered by ICC-RSF, HHT/Forge Distribution and Valor Fireplaces, these sessions covered a variety of topics ranging from technical information and troubleshooting to marketing and product updates.

Modern Woodburning Venting & Modern Gas Venting Principles, 2020

HPBAC surveyed members to learn what issues they face when dealing with woodburning and gas venting that could be addressed in technical training sessions. We worked with NFI to develop these special training sessions for HPBAC members.

JOIN THE HPBAC

Becoming a member of the HPBAC is now easier than ever. 

Apply for Membership Online

1. Create user account by clicking on Join in the main menu, and then clicking on the Create an Account button.
2. Verify user account via link sent to your email
3. Click on Join in the main menu, and then click on the Become a Member button.

Member Categories

Retailers

Any business engaged in the sale to consumers of hearth, patio or barbecue related products. Retailers with more than one location must join at the higher dues level.  Any retailer with more than one location under the same ownership structure may add these locations as members for the stated fee to receive all membership benefits.

Individual/Service

Individuals and companies engaged in providing mechanical services relating to hearth, patio or barbecue related products with no more than 2 people working in the business and less than $100,000 in sales. Retailers do not qualify.

Distributors

Companies engaged in the wholesale distribution to dealers or builders or other channels of distribution of hearth, patio or barbecue related products. Any distributor with more than one location under the same ownership structure may add these locations as members for the stated fee to receive all membership benefits.

Agents

Companies or individuals, who are not employees of a manufacturer, engaged in providing independent sales representation for manufacturers of hearth, patio or barbecue related products.

Downloadable Application Forms by Category

Prefer to apply manually? Please fill out applicable form and return to us by email at admin@hpbacanada.org, or by mail at HPBAC, PO Box 5432, Huntsville, ON P1H 2K8.

Retailers

Individual/Service, Distributors, Agents

BC & Ontario

Atlantic, AB, MB, SK, NT, YT & NU

BC & Ontario

Atlantic, AB, MB, SK, NT, YT & NU

FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS

1

Why would I be concerned about government regulation?

Regulation that affects your business could be introduced at any level of government. Sometimes this is positive, such as incentives to homeowners to upgrade to a more efficient appliance. You will want to be informed of these opportunities as they arise. Government usually communicates to an industry through its trade association and the association is in contact with the government in order to keep you informed. The association also advocates for these programs on behalf of industry. Often regulation can have a negative effect by limiting and sometimes eliminating the products you sell. This can happen through municipal bylaws such as burn bylaws. HPBAC will help you fight unfair regulation and will advocate the benefits of your products to government.

2

Why would I attend EXPO?

EXPO features the biggest selection of hearth, patio and barbecue products under one roof. You’ll want to see all of the exciting new products available, meet with your suppliers and look for new products. It’s important to keep your store current and fresh to keep customers coming back and to draw in new customers. EXPO also offers a great selection of sales, marketing and business management education sessions and technical training. It’s a great opportunity to network with other industry members. HPBAC hosts an information meeting called Focus Canada and a Canadian Reception at EXPO each year. Focus Canada is a good opportunity to join Canadian industry members for updates and a chance to discuss issues that concern you. The Canadian Reception is attended by over 250 people each year and is always a lot of fun. You’ll meet people from all over and have a chance to network in a relaxed environment.

3

What other events does HPBAC hold?

We host regional Education Days and local meetings with a range of topics. In the past as part of our Building Your Business series we’ve offered The Art of Selling, Professional Service is Profitable and The Changing Retail Environment as well as Barbecue Education Days. HPBAC also supports the ongoing development of industry-specific training courses.

4

How can membership save me money?

HPBAC membership saves you the cost of EXPO passes. If two members of your staff attend EXPO that’s already a $150 US savings on passes. Members always receive preferred rates for HPBAC and HPBA programs and events. You can also save through our Affinity Programs, including our competitively priced and comprehensive Business Insurance Program, and through discount programs such as Choice Hotels and Hertz Car Rentals. Our Mystery Shopping program gives you a comprehensive report on your store’s performance with customers at the very reasonable cost.

5

How does HPBAC keep members informed?

HPBAC publishes an e-newsletter, usually every month, that includes updates on association activities, government relations issues, industry news and notices about information that is available to members, such as market research results and articles in the media.
In addition to the above we often send out bulletins when an important issue comes up so you are always up to date.

Our website contains information for members and homeowners on products, events, resources and safety tips and a Search function so homeowners and members can find members. HPBA’s website is also full of great resources for members, including press releases, market research, product fact sheets and much more.

6

How does HPBAC promote the industry?

Both HPBA and HPBAC act as a resource for media and the public. We receive more and more enquiries from the media on issues relating to hearth, patio and barbecue products. Press releases are issued regularly on topical issues such as “Are you Prepared for a Power Outage”, “Consumer Survey Indicates Fireplaces and Stoves Play Key Role in Selling Homes” and “Consumers Prefer to Stay Home to Cook Out”.

There are many Barbecue, Outdoor Room and Hearth product fact sheets available on the HPBA website for members to use in their stores. These fact sheets contain great information on your products and how to use them.

We have also worked with government to develop programs such as EnerChoice which identifies the 25% most efficient gas hearth appliances and the Burn it Smart program across Canada which was adopted by the US EPA into their Burn Wise program. HPBAC also consults on publications such as The Guide to Residential Wood Heating — a popular guide published by Natural Resources Canada, along with various other publications relating to hearth products.

Along with all of our communication and outreach efforts, including the HPBAC Consumer eBook, HPBA’s BBQ & Hearth Social Media Campaigns, our Press Release series and our website, HPBAC has become much more involved in advocacy and lobbying efforts to municipal, provincial, and the federal governments. We are continuously fighting for your rights to sell the products you sell, and working with the government to fund projects, like Woodstove Changeout Programs, to not only promote the sale of products, but also to demonstrate the benefits of the products our members sell.

7

How many members does HPBAC have?

HPBAC currently has close to 500 members across Canada. Many of your competitors are already members, taking advantage of the savings and resources we offer. We’d like to make the association even stronger, giving us a stronger voice with government and the ability to increase our public relations efforts and continue to improve our member benefits.

8

What do I have to do as a member?

You can become involved in the association by joining an HPBAC committee including a regional committees, participating in a task force or you can just enjoy the benefits of membership without volunteering. It’s up to you how involved you become, but volunteering provides many advantages to members. To learn more about volunteering, please visit the Volunteers section on the Committees page.

9

How do I become a member?

We can send you an application by email or regular mail. You can download an application from the Application Forms by Category section on this page, or by visiting www.hpba.org. You can also give us a call at 705-784-0315 to join by phone.

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