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CIPH and MCAC collaborate on national retrofit proposal

In ‘Investment in Retrofits: Key to Canada’s Green Recovery Post-Crisis’ the two groups are calling for regulatory harmonization, investments in retrofits, and support for the skilled trades.

February 17, 2021   By HPAC Magazine

recoveryThe Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH), and the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) have released a new policy document and list of recommendations to the Federal Government outlining how the mechanical contracting industry can contribute to Canada’s economic recovery.

In Investment in Retrofits: Key to Canada’s Green Recovery Post-Crisis the two groups are calling for regulatory harmonization, investments in retrofits, and support for the skilled trades.

Among the key recommendations are:

  • including home and building retrofits as part of the $100 billion recovery fund
  • investment of $20 billion over five years in retrofit projects,
  • the introduction of innovative retrofit financial instruments to spur private-sector investment,
  • investment in training opportunities to upskill trade workers and retrain workers from other sectors,
  • invest $1.25 billion in workforce development for training programs related to energy efficiency, and
  • earmark promotional funding to specifically target underrepresented groups in the skilled trades.

The document notes that for every $1 million invested in energy efficiency, 16 to 30 net jobs could be created, while contributing to the overall energy efficiency objectives outlined by the government.

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