The Ontario Ministry of Training Colleges and Universities (MTCU) recently announced that the list of trades eligible for the apprenticeship training tax credit has been expanded to include five new trades, including the 313d Residential Air Conditioning Systems Mechanic.
The government of Manitoba has released a brief report entitled "Energy in Manitoba," which provides a snapshot of how energy is produced and used in the province. The report illustrates the province's gains in energy efficiency, its decreased reliance on non-renewable fossil fuels, and the rise in use of geothermal heat pumps.
The Ontario Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing has released the 2006 Building Code, which requires that higher energy efficiency standards be met. Gas and propane furnaces will be required to meet a 90 percent AFUE as opposed to the current minimum of 78 percent.
Mike Burns, chair of the Heating Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) recently announced the launch of Responsible Equipment Management (REM), an industry awareness and responsibility program concerning decommissioned HVACR equipment.
The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of Canada (HRAI) recently signed an agreement with the Heating Airconditioning & Refrigeration Distributors International (HARDI) to bring the HARDITek initiative to HRAI members.
Smartcool Systems Inc. announced that Tapia Bros., Maywood, Calif., one of the largest food service distributors to Mexican restaurants in the United States, has requested that Smartcool's Energy Savings Module (ESM) 4000 be installed in all of its distribution centers throughout the southwestern United States.
Hydro Ottawa has terminated its energy efficiency rebate program offered through Direct Energy after criticism from HRAI and the HRAC National Capital Region chapter suggested that it precludes fair competition and denies opportunities to those who are not customers of Direct Energy.
The deadline for compliance with the TSSA's Boilers and Pressure Vessels (BPV) regulations is June 30. To assist its members in compliance with the regulatory requirements, the Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Contractors of Canada (HRAC) and the TSSA will be holding regional half-day workshops on understanding and implementing the requirements of the BPV regulation.