Joining the HPBAC

WHY Join?

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

Save 3.4 cents per litre, with frequent additional savings.

HRCovered

Unlimited legislative training and updates, and HR support, documentation and compliance.

Lenovo

Discounts above and beyond the lenovo.com price.

Staples Business Advantage

Save 5% to 20% plus free shipping on orders of $50+.

UniFirst Workwear & Facility Services

Up to 40% off uniform and floor mat purchases, rentals, and maintenance.

JRM Sales & Management

Achieve increased sales and profits.

Education & Training

Insurance

Marketing

Hearth, Patio, Barbecue Education Foundation

20% discount on subscriptions.

National Fireplace Institute

33% discount on exams and manuals.

CVC Success Group

10% discount on subscriptions to the CVC Base Camp Learning platform.

Withey Insurance Brokers

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

Comprehensive coverage, including Inspection Services Liability (Errors & Omissions $1M–$2M).

HUB International

Discounts to qualifying members
and those that are NFI-certified.

Contact 1:1 Marketing Packages by Good Marketing Group

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

Constant Contact Email Marketing

20% off 6 months prepaid or 25% off 12 months prepaid.

HomeAdvisor

7% quarterly rebate on all that you spend on the site.

Payment Processing

Shipping

Travel Accommodation

Global Payments Credit Card Processing

Fully transparent pricing, waived fees, month-to-month contracts and more.

UPS Small Parcel & Freight Shipping

Up to 25 to 75% off shipments and imports.

Choice Privileges Rewards Program

Members-only rates and rewards.

United Tranz Actions Check Guarantee

No start-up fees or monthly minimums, and more.

Lamprey Systems Small Package Auditing

Save per package with 100% credit for late shipments.

BookingCommunity.com

Up to 70% off unpublished hotel rates.

Succession Planning

NAVIX

Reach financial freedom and exit on your own terms.

Profit Plus Solutions

Increase today’s profits plus build your business for the future.

Sunbelt

Providing smooth transition of ownership.

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:

Accessing Public Funding for Your Business

HPBAC’s Public Funding Program breaks down the grant and contribution public funding model in Canada and reviews existing funding opportunities for small and medium businesses, including HPBAC members. 

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.

Selling to Today’s Customer:
7 Steps to Master Retail Sales

Tim Reed of The Fire Time Network hosts this session, providing  your sales team 7 steps to enhance their effectiveness on the sales floor, as well as giving you a road map to continue their growth.

Electronic Shortage Component Advocacy

HPBAC is advocating for the temporary relief from energy efficiency regulations (EERs) in Canada that prohibit the use of continuous pilots. In this webinar, HPBAC outlines ongoing advocacy efforts with the Canadian Federal government as well as Provincial governments.

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 & 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

Download an Application Form

Please complete the fillable form and return to us:
• E
mail to admin@hpbacanada.org
• Mail to HPBAC, PO Box 5432, Huntsville, ON P1H 2K8

Member Categories and Dues

Please refer to chart below for dues level based on type of business, location, and annual Canadian hearth, patio and barbecue sales. If you do not meet all criteria within a category please select next highest level. For categories other than Individual/Service, if you do business in more than one category, please select the category in which the majority of your business falls.

CATEGORY

Annual Sales Volume

2023 Dues

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.
< $100K $399
> $100K $515
Retailer
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.
< $1M $599
> $1M $765
Distributor
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.
< $3M $1,499
> $3M $2,295
Additional Locations $299
Agent
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.
<$500K $520
>$500K $745
Associate / Utility $700
Non-Resident $299
Legacy
Retired industry members that want to be kept up-to-date on HPBAC and industry developments, and to be invited to meetings. Legacy members do not receive EXPO Badges.
$90

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.

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How do I become a member?

We can send you an application by email or regular mail. You can also give us a call at 705-784-0315 to join by phone.

Distributors, Retailers, Service Companies, Agents, Associates and Utilities can download an application from the Join the HPBAC section on this page, or online by clicking Join in the main menu.

Manufacturers can join by visiting www.hpba.org.

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