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Federal Fall Economic Statement Supports Home Energy Retrofits

Great News for the Canadian HVAC Sector

Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland tabled the Fall Economic Statement entitled Supporting Canadians and Fighting COVID-19, a spending plan that looks to support Canadians during the continued COVID-19 pandemic and support Canada’s economic recovery. The plan includes several measures that will affect the HVAC sector, most notably a commitment to support home energy retrofits (as proposed by HRAI) though details remain to be communicated.

This is the second update the government has provided during the pandemic. The first one in July projected the federal deficit would hit a record of $343.2 billion. The last time the government tabled a spending plan was back in March 2019 -- their last budget before the 2019 federal election. The Fall Economic Statement today updated the deficit projection to $381.6 billion. The largest announcements coming from the spending plan concern support for some of Canada’s hardest hit industries, such as tourism and hospitality, support for long-term care homes, support to help women return to work and stimulus spending on infrastructure.

The statement will now need to go through the legislative process, with the goal of being passed and receiving royal assent prior to the holiday break. 

Program Highlights

  • The government proposes to provide $2.6 billion over 7 years, starting in 2020-21, to Natural Resources Canada to help homeowners improve their home energy efficiency by providing up to 700,000 grants of up to $5,000 to help homeowners make energy-efficient improvements to their homes, up to one million free EnerGuide energy assessments, and support to recruit and train EnerGuide energy auditors to meet increased demand. Additional information on home energy efficiency grants will be provided in a future announcement, and eligibility for these grants will be retroactive to December 1, 2020. 
  •  The government also recognizes that homeowners and landlords need to be able to access simple and affordable financing to make deeper home energy retrofits. Over the coming months the government will outline details of a low-cost loan program that integrates and builds on available energy audits and grants, and which can be easily accessed by Canadians. 
  •  To further bolster training supports for those hardest hit by the pandemic, including marginalized and racialized women, Indigenous Peoples, persons with disabilities and recent newcomers to Canada, the government proposes to invest an additional $274.2 million over 2 years, starting in 2021-22. This funding will support the Indigenous Skills and Employment Training Program, the Foreign Credential Recognition Program, the Opportunities Fund for Persons with Disabilities, and the Women’s Employment Readiness Canada pilot project. 
  • Building on investments made through the COVID-19 Resilience Stream under the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program and the Safe Return to Class Fund, the government proposes to provide $150 million over three years, starting in 2020-21, to Infrastructure Canada to improve ventilation in public buildings and help reduce the spread of COVID-19. This will help provincial, territorial, municipal and local governments and Indigenous communities fund projects that increase air quality and circulation, such as upgrades or conversions of heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems. More details on this measure will be announced in the coming months. 

HRAI Urges ON Premier to Re-open HVAC Businesses

HRAI Canada is working hard advocating to the provincial and federal governments on behalf of our members and the HVACR sector. 
 
On Monday, HRAI wrote to Premier Ford and to the Jobs and Recovery Committee requesting clarification regarding permitted activities under the current guidelines for the HVACR sector. 
 
HRAI strongly urged the Premier to allow HVAC contractors in Ontario to fully re-open their businesses in the next stage of re-opening of our economy, with the condition that they respect the relevant public health and safety guidelines.
 

York Region Home Repair Program Assistance

Home Repair Program

The Home Repair Program offers grants of up to $7,500 per year, with a lifetime maximum of $15,000, to homeowners with low and moderate income who need modifications to make their homes accessible or critical repairs to improve the safety of their homes.

As a local heating, cooling and electrical Contractor ,Mr. Heat Mechanical Inc. is a participant in York Region home repair program. 

The program can help with critical repairs or accessibility modifications such as:

  • Ramp installations
  • Accessibility enhancements such as bathtub conversions to walk-in showers, porch lifts and interior stair lifts, grab bars, raised toilets, lighting improvements and handrail installations for interior and exterior stairs
  • Urgent repairs to roofs, windows or other areas that jeopardize your ability to live safely in your home
  • Critical furnace repairs or replacements that jeopardize your ability to continue to live safely in your home or help address problems associated with your health condition

Who is Eligible to Apply?

Homeowners must meet all of the following eligibility criteria to qualify for assistance:

  • You own a home in York Region that is your primary residence
  • According to your most recent Municipal Property Assessment Corporation (MPAC) assessment or property tax bill, your home is not worth more than the Home Value Eligibility Threshold for the municipality you live in as listed below:

 

Municipality Home Value Eligibility Thresholds
Aurora, King, Markham, Richmond Hill, Vaughan, Whitchurch-Stouffville $636,762
East Gwillimbury $574,985
Newmarket $548,807
Georgina $388,304
  • The total annual income for you, all other homeowners registered on title and everyone else living in the home aged 18 or older is $81,800 or less. A Notice of Assessment from Canada Revenue Agency must be provided for each of these individuals
  • Your home needs modifications to accommodate a household member with a disability or your home needs a critical repair for safety reasons
  • The work you require has not been completed. Work completed prior to approval by York Region is not eligible for funding Meeting the basic eligibility

For more details, please refer to the application guide for full eligibility requirements.


How Do I Apply?

Eligible homeowners are encouraged to apply early as funds are limited. Applications will be processed as they are submitted. York Region will contact you with a decision within about six weeks of receiving your completion application.

  • Download the program guide and application form here:
  • Application Guide
  • Application Form
  • Request an application package by mail: Send your mailing address to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or phone Access York at 1-877-464-9675 (TTY 905-895-4293)

Submit your completed application form and all supporting documents by mail to:

Home Repair Program Coordinator
The Regional Municipality of York
Community and Health Services Department
Housing Services Branch
17250 Yonge Street, 3rd floor
Newmarket, ON L3Y 6Z1

New Guidance for Residential Air Cleaners

With permission from ASHRAE

BY LEW HARRIMAN, FELLOW/LIFE MEMBER ASHRAE; BRENT STEPHENS, PH.D, MEMBER ASHRAE; TERRY BRENNAN, MEMBER ASHRAE

As HVAC&R professionals, we in the ASHRAE community are sometimes asked questions about residential indoor air quality (IAQ) and how to improve it. What contaminants are most hazardous? How do I get rid of a particular smell? Should I use this air cleaner or that filter? Sadly, our friends and family generally lose patience when we helpfully suggest: “Well, it’s complicated. But just read Chapters 46, 60 and 62 in the ASHRAE Handbook—HVAC Applications, because there’s great information in there.” In general, we find that information seekers are frustrated by such helpful advice. Usually, the question is repeated (with some heat) in a form such as: “You’re the professional. Can’t you boil it down? What should I DO in my HOUSE?”

Fortunately, two new resources can help you better answer such questions. First, the ASHRAE Residential Indoor Air Quality Guide1 is a comprehensive summary of IAQ for homes and apartments, written by our member colleagues and published by ASHRAE in 2018.

Click Here to read the full story. 

Source : HRAI

More companies to qualify for COVID-19 wage subsidy

Over the weekend, the Canadian government passed Bill C-14, the COVID-19 Emergency Response Act, No. 2, which included the much-anticipated Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy (CEWS). Originally announced as a subsidy to cover 75 per cent of an employee’s wages, up to $847 per week, for employers of all sizes and across all sectors who have suffered a drop in gross revenues of at least 30 per cent, the qualifying drop has been adjusted to 15

per cent for March, and 30 per cent in April and May, making the funds available to more employers. To determine their qualification, employers may compare their revenue of March, April and May 2020 to that of the same month

of 2019 or, in order to provide added flexibility, to an average of their revenue earned in January and February 2020. Once an employer is found eligible for a specified period, they automatically qualify for the next period of the program. According to the Department of Finance, the reduction of the 30 per cent benchmark to 15 for March recognizes that many businesses did not begin to be affected by the crisis until partway through the month.

The program will be in place for a 12-week period, from March 15 to June 6, 2020. Employers eligible for the CEWS are entitled to receive a 100 per cent refund for certain employer contributions to Employment Insurance, the Canada Pension Plan, the Quebec Pension Plan, and the Quebec Parental Insurance Plan paid in respect of employees who are on leave with pay.

For employers that are eligible for both the CEWS and the 10 per cent Temporary Wage Subsidy for a period, any benefit from the Temporary 10 per cent Wage Subsidy for remuneration paid in a specified period will generally reduce the amount available to be claimed under the CEWS in that same period. Eligible employers can apply for the CEWS through the Canada Revenue Agency’s My Business Account portal, which CRA has yet to set up. In order to access the portal, a company will first need to register a My Business Account with CRA, however. This is a twostep process, and could take up to 10 days to complete. The first step includes entering a social insurance number by the applicant, info from their personal tax return, and answers five security questions. Canada Revenue Agency will then mail a security code to complete Step 2. In additional job funding news, last week Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced temporary changes to the Canada Summer Jobs program that will increase the program’s wage subsidy to 100 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum hourly wage for each employee.

In previous years, private and public sector employers were only eligible to receive a wage subsidy of up to 50 per cent of the provincial or territorial minimum wage. The Government of Canada has earmarked $263 million in funding for the Canada Summer Jobs program in 2020. Applications by employers closed at the end of February, with approved jobs set to be announced in May. Employers whose applications end up being approved this year will

have some additional flexibility under the revised program. For example, the end date for employment has been extended from the end of August to as late as February 28, 2021, and positions may now be part-time, rather than full-time, in nature. Available jobs will be posted on the Job Bank website and app.

 

Source : Mechanical Business

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