HPBA Canada Releases Industry White Paper

HPBA Canada Releases Industry White Paper

The Canadian Gas Fireplace Industry: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Path Forward


CANADA — The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada (HPBAC) today released an industry white paper, The Canadian Gas Fireplace Industry: Opportunities, Challenges, and the Path Forward. The publication highlights the industry’s importance to the Canadian economy, and outlines key challenges and opportunities. 

Gas fireplaces have emerged as a cornerstone of energy efficiency and reliability, meeting stringent standards, and providing cost-effective heating solutions to millions of Canadian households. The industry not only fosters economic growth, with hundreds of businesses and tens of thousands of jobs, but also acts as a crucial bridge to renewable energy sources such as renewable natural gas (RNG) and future hydrogen blends. 

 Mayor Paul Horn of Mission, British Columbia highlights the essential role of gas fireplaces in ensuring reliable heating solutions. 

“Like people in many BC communities, our rural residents often rely on natural gas fireplaces as a way of ensuring a reliable heat source in their homes. Frequent power outages from extreme weather and inadequate electrical infrastructure in outlying areas mean that gas fireplaces are still a very practical feature in our homes.” said Mayor Horn. “With Archgard Fireplaces being located right here in Mission, I see firsthand the positive impact of the industry on the local economy.” 

 Considering regulatory restrictions and jurisdictional complexities, HPBAC calls for collaborative efforts with government stakeholders to address these challenges. By fostering partnerships and driving innovation, the industry seeks to ensure regulatory consistency, support research and development initiatives, and contribute to policies that balance environmental considerations with consumer needs. 

 “Our industry is not without challenges right now,” said HPBAC Chair Dan Bonar. “But we are committed to innovation. This white paper is a critical tool for us to better advocate to, and partner with, government.” 

HPBAC remains committed to leveraging its expertise and fostering deeper relationships with government partners. Through collaboration and innovation, the gas fireplace industry is poised to play a pivotal role in shaping Canada’s energy landscape for generations to come. 

The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada is the national non-profit industry association supporting manufacturers, distributors, retailers, and support service providers in the hearth, barbecue, and outdoor lifestyle industries. 

Media Inquiries: 
Mike McNeice
Director of Public Affairs
Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada

MVRD | September 26, 2022

Metro Vancouver Wood Burning Restrictions Explained

Effective September 15th, 2022

As of September 15th 2022 if a homeowner in Metro Vancouver wants to burn wood in their home they must meet the requirements of MVRD Bylaw 1303. These include registering your wood burning unit, using best practices for wood burning and ensuring your appliance produces fewer than 4.5 grams/hour in particulate matter emissions. In this article we will walk you through everything you need to know about MVRD Bylaw 1303 including who this regulation affects, an overview of Wood Burning best practices, and how to register your unit with the appropriate authorities.

What is MVRD Bylaw 1303?

MVRD Bylaw 1303 was first passed in 2020 and takes a phased approach to regulating the discharge of air contaminants from residential indoor wood burning appliances. The following is a quick synopsis of the different phases.

May 2021: Seasonal Prohibition – Homeowners cannot burn between May 15 and September 15 each year, unless it is their sole source of heat, they are in an off-grid rural home, or during an emergency

September 2022: Declarations and Registration – If homeowners burn, they must declare their use of best burning practices and, in urban areas, register eligible appliances.

September 2025: Renewal and Restricted Use* – Every three years homeowners must renew any declarations and registrations in urban areas. They cannot use non-registered appliances within urban areas except if their house-hold qualifies as low income or during an emergency.

Who Does this Affect?

Metro Vancouver is a collection of 21 municipalities, one Electoral Area, and one Treaty First Nation that covers a large portion of the area known as the lower mainland. If you live in one of the following areas the MVRD Bylaw 1303 Wood Burning Restrictions outlined in this article apply to you:

• Anmore
• Belcarra
• Bowen Island
• Burnaby
• Coquitlam
• Delta
• Electoral Area A
• Langley
• Township of Langley
• Lions Bay
• Maple Ridge
• New Westminster
• North Vancouver
• District of North Vancouver
• Pitt Meadows
• Port Coquitlam
• Port Moody
• Richmond
• Surrey
• Tsawwassen First Nation
• Vancouver
• West Vancouver
• White Rock

Source: Metro Vancouver Members

Wood Burning Best Practices

Following wood burning best practices is essential to reducing the emissions of a wood burning fireplace appliance. Watch the video below to learn the best practices for burning wood from cutting / stacking / seasoning wood to startup / smoldering and even annual maintenance – if you follow best practices you will be able to keep your wood unit burning cleanly for many years.

How Do I Register My Eligible Wood Burning Unit?
To register your unit visit the Metro Vancouver Bylaw Website. From there you will need to Register including the following information:
  1. The name(s) and contact information for the owner and operators of the appliance
  2. The address of the appliance
  3. The make/model of the appliance
  4. The certifications/evidence that the registered appliance meets the current standard.
In addition, starting in 2025, once every three (3) years homeowners must confirm their registration information is accurate, current, and submit a new declaration stating they are complying with best burning practices.
Still Have Questions?
Please visit www.metrovancouver.org/faqsdownload this press release, or contact Laura Litchfield at laura@hpbacanada.org for more information.

BCA | March 25, 2022

BC PST Increase

HPBAC is currently developing and executing various issue-specific advocacy strategies in British Columbia. These include the Comox Valley Campaign, electronic components advocacy, Vancouver building codes advocacy, and advocacy related to Clean BC: Roadmap to 2030. The latest development is the imposition of a provincial sales tax (PST) affecting fossil fuel combustion systems. Starting April 1, 2022, heat pumps will be exempt from PST while the PST on the purchase or lease of fossil fuel combustion systems will increase from 7% to 12%. Fireplaces are specifically included on the list of affected systems. 

HPBAC recently held a meeting with BC members and the HPBAC Government Affairs Committee to discuss the PST issue. We’re taking a stand in BC and advocating against the tax increase with a letter-writing campaign. Click on the button below to sign and send a letter to Premier Horgan, and let him know that you oppose the PST increase.

CPU | March 25, 2022

CP and TCRC Collective Bargaining

Collective bargaining between Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) and the Teamsters Canada Rail Conference (TCRC) over labour stability failed on March 20th. While CP has agreed to a number of conditions, the two groups are facing an impasse regarding CP’s Defined Benefit Pension Plan. 

Following a 72-hour lockout notice from CP on March 16th, TCRC workers began picketing on March 20th. Global supply chain conditions and the current geopolitical context make this work stoppage especially problematic. Therefore, many are requesting that federal government intervene to ensure that CP operations resume as soon as possible. On March 15th, HPBAC signed a Letter to Ministers from Canada’s business community regarding possible work stoppage at CP initiated by the Canadian Chamber of Commerce. 

CVRD | March 25, 2022

The Comox Valley Campaign against existing and proposed bans on wood stoves in the region launched on February 15th. The campaign continues to grow as it approaches the first month mark, with an unwavering commitment from local members and an outpouring of support from residents. Digital performance reports indicate that our reach is growing on a regular basis (click here to view the latest campaign analytics). Most recently, local members and HPBAC staff met with the CVRD Board to discuss the issue. 

To support the campaign, please do the following:
  1. Visit the campaign website at SaveOurWoodStoves.ca.
  2. If you live in the region, send a letter to your local politicians at SaveOurWoodStoves.ca and take a stand against the ban.
  3. Engage with us on social media & share our posts about the campaign using #SaveOurWoodStoves and #WeCanAllDoBetter:
    • Facebook – HPBACanada
    Twitter – @hpbacanada
    LinkedIn – hearth-patio-and-barbecue-association-of-canada
    Instagram – HPBAC
  4. Contact Meghan O’Reilly at specialprojects@hpbacanada.org to learn more on how you can help.

President’s Report | February 11, 2022

HPBAC Joins With Over 170 Industry Associations and Chambers of Commerce to Urge Resolution of Blockades

As I’m sure you are aware, over the past week several Canada-US border crossings have been blockaded by protesters. These blockades have resulted in serious delays in shipping, threats to food security, layoffs and plant closures in many industries. This disruption may already have affected your business and will certainly have serious consequences for industry in Canada if it is not brought to an end.

HPBAC has attended several meetings of the Canadian Chamber of Commerce over the past several months regarding supply chain issues and recently those meetings have grown to include many more affected industries. Yesterday, during a meeting with senior Chamber Government Relations staff and CEO Perrin Beatty, the association leaders in attendance outlined the effects of the blockade on their industries and it was agreed a letter would be written to all elected officials calling for the following:

  • Deliver a strong and unified commitment from the Prime Minister, Premiers, Opposition Party Leaders, and Mayors that the rule of law will be upheld.
  • Urgently enact measures to protect critical infrastructure to ensure further closures do not take place elsewhere in the country in the days ahead.
  • Seek immediate injunctive measures through the courts to assert a clear message that lawlessness will not be tolerated.
  • Ensure law enforcement agencies have all the necessary political support and appropriate tools needed to restore public order and remove any physical blockades that are not dismantled voluntarily.

At its weekly meeting today, HPBAC’s executive committee agreed to add HPBAC’s name to the list of associations and chambers of commerce supporting this request.

The letter was distributed to all elected politicians and to the media early this afternoon. You can view the letter in English and French on the Canadian Chamber of Commerce website.

If you would like to send a follow-up letter to your Member of Parliament or other officials a link for a template can be found below.