Natural gas ban means job losses and higher bills says industry association
VANCOUVER, Nov. 28, 2016 /CNW/ - The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada (HPBAC) has serious concerns with a staff report coming to Vancouver City Council tomorrow. The report contains controversial measures that include banning the use of natural gas from all new homes and businesses by 2030.
"There are grave implications that will follow if this passes," says HPBAC member Mike Powell. "Starting in May, homeowners will face a choice between making home improvements and keeping their barbecues and other gas appliances. Phasing out natural gas will drive up the cost of living in an already expensive city."
HPBAC is also concerned with the lack of consultation and due process around these controversial measures. Should the motion pass next week, it will have a significant impact on HPBAC members. The Lower Mainland is home to the largest group of fireplace manufacturers in the world. These companies employ hundreds of people. Shrinking the local market puts these jobs at risk.
"I don't think the residents of Vancouver understand or even know about these changes," says Powell. "This will mean no more gas barbecues, no more gas ranges, no more gas fireplaces, no more gas furnaces. These changes are ridiculous. One of our customers declared that the City can pry his barbecue out of his cold dead hands."
The HPBAC is urging Vancouver City Council to rethink its positioning on natural gas, give residents the opportunity to express their views, and continue to allow access to the most affordable form of energy available today.
The Hearth, Patio and Barbecue Association of Canada (HPBAC) is a trade association, dedicated to serving the needs of our members. Our members offer a comprehensive range of hearth, barbecue and patio products.
SOURCE The Hearth, Patio & Barbecue Association of Canada (HPBAC)
For further information: Media Contact: Mike Powell, Valor / Miles Industries, 604-984-3496