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. 

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