Grundfos to host virtual Walk for Water event

Around 100 people attended the 2019 Grundfos Walk for Water event, which raised $25,000 for Water Mission.

ASPE cancels 2020 event

Zurn hosts a hospitality event at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, home of the Falcons, at the 2018 ASPE Convention and Expo.

What you flush away could help uncover the arrival of a second COVID-19 wave

Dr. Andrea Kirkwood of Ontario Tech University in her Faculty of Science lab.

Wolseley opens new branch in Ontario

Wolseley Canada will be merging two locations in Cornwall, Ont., making one new shop location. Photo Credit: Rob Miller, Regional Operations Manager, Wolseley Canada (CNW Group/Wolseley Canada).

Ont. construction associations support COVID-19 alert app

The Canadian government has released a COVID-19 mobile alert app, which will send a notification if you may have been exposed to the virus.

Boiler, fireplace recall issued by Health Canada

Health Canada has recalled Triangle Tubes’s Prestige gas boilers, and Valor’s H5 Series fireplaces.

HRAI announces dates for 2020 AGM

The 52nd HRAI annual general meeting will look a bit different in 2020, with it hosted virtually this year.

Canadian housing starts jump for a second month

Ottawa, ON — Following declines in previous months from COVID-19…

CRA launches updated Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy calculator

Ottawa, ON — The Canadian Revenue Agency (CRA) announced the…

CIPHEX tradeshow turns virtual

CIPHEX West will be returning back to an in-person tradeshow in November 2021. This year, it will take place in a virtual format. 

CMPX now to be managed by Newcom Media

CIPH and HRAI have announced that Newcom Media will now be managing the CMPX tradeshow. 

Ontario to ‘unlock’ $50M for school HVAC upgrades

Heritage Park P.S. (TDSB)

Uponor launches new website

Image: Uponor

Kohler, Emco open second Canadian store

Toronto, ON — Kohler and Emco have teamed up to open the second…

Toronto needs to improve sewage and stormwater systems, says industry leaders

Toronto builders make the case for above-ground parking in new high-rise developments.

Canadian government provides update to COVID-19 relief subsidy

The Canadian government announced changes to the Canada Emergency…

Milwaukee launches new online product event series

Milwaukee, WI — Milwaukee Tool has announced an online new…

ASHRAE updates guidance for reopening of buildings

Atlanta, Georgia — The ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force has updated…

Vancouver Island construction industry hit hard by pandemic

Building permits by type, Vancouver Island-coast

Ont. requires air conditioners in renovated, new long-term care homes

Renovated and new long-term care facilities will be required to have air conditioners installed.

RLS ends relationship with Parker Hannifin

Chicago, IL – RLS LLC announced it will no longer supply its…

Investment in building construction almost pre-COVID-19 levels

Investment in building construction, seasonally adjusted.

CIPH announces winner of 2020 Joseph K. Seidner Award

2020 Joseph K. Seidner Award winner, Henri Bouchard, director of technical Services, CMMTQ. (CIPH)

Pilot project open to HRAI contracting members

Mississauga, ON – Canadian contractors have the opportunity…

Project to explore flexible ways for apprentices to document training

Ottawa, ON — Canadian apprentices, including plumbers, will…

Canarm expands eastern Ontario manufacturing facility

Brockville, ON – Canarm has moved into their final stages of…

Construction payroll increased in June

Payroll employment increases by nearly 667,000 in June.

The Buildings Show and BUILDEX Alberta headed online

Toronto, ON — A pair of construction-related conferences are…

Building permits drop slightly in July

Total value of building permits. (StatsCan)

HRAI reaches out to Ontario school boards

Toronto, ON — HRAI has reached out to Ontario school boards…

AHR Expo may push show dates

At the 2020 AHR Expo in Orlando, Florida, contractors competed in a challenge to see who could install a Haier mini split the fastest.

 Viega names new CEO

Viega has named Markus Brettschneider as its new CEO and president. (Viega)

National energy compliance guidelines needed

Ottawa, ON — Canada’s building energy codes are expected…

Ontario reopens apprenticeship and trade-related exam centres

Toronto, ON — After a six-month delay, Ontario has reopened…

Ont. construction association launches campaign to battle racism

Construction Against Racism Everywhere (CARE).

Viega expands North American manufacturing operations

Viega’s North American expansion includes a 200,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in Kansas. (Viega)

Canadian technology can detect COVID-19 in the air

Kontrol BioCloud Sensor. (CNW Group/Kontrol Energy Corp.)

Navien appoints national sales manager for Canada

Adam Wills (Navien Inc.)

Ont. upgrading hospital HVAC systems

The Ontario government is investing $175 million in 2020 to address…

Researchers take aim at COVID-19 in ventilation systems

University of Saskatchewan engineering researcher Carey Simonson (PhD) is leading a team to develop testing equipment to measure how airborne viruses are transferred in building ventilation systems. (University of Saskatchewan)

Construction industry bouncing back

Investment in building construction, seasonally adjusted.

Wolseley Canada to make mask wearing mandatory in all stores

Wolseley Canada announced that moving forwards, it will enforce the mandatory wearing of face coverings at all locations effective September 21.(Wolseley Canada)

Ont. set to increase number of labour inspectors on jobsites

Toronto, ON — Jobsites in Ontario can expect to see more frontline…

Industry responds positively to throne speech

(Wiki Commons)

AHR Expo postpones January show dates

The AHR Expo is a busy three-days for manufacturers like Bradford White.

More construction businesses re-opening their doors in June

Monthly business openings and closures in the business sector, Canada, January 2015 to June 2020.

Surviving and thriving

Curbside pickup is here to stay.

New standards for allowable limits of lead leached from plumbing products published

Ann Arbor, MI — After nearly three years of exploring various…

Kitchen and Bath Hall of Fame accepting nominations for 2021

Hackettstown, New Jersey—The National Kitchen and Bath Association…

Value of building permits rose in August

The total value of building permits.

2020 Richard McKeagan scholarship winners announced

The MCAC student scholarship was re-named to recognize long-serving CEO Richard McKeagan.

Contractors anxious as COVID-19 second wave looms: survey

Toronto, ON — Ontario contractors are showing signs of stability,…

Construction investment improves for August

Investment in building construction, seasonally adjusted.

Road to recovery long for construction sector

Strong employment growth in September 2020.

Construction industry needs to be vigilant during second wave of COVID-19

Vaughan, ON — Construction industry employers and workers must…

VR learning to be offered at Ont. university for STEM students

The Brockville General Hospital expansion project was completed by EllisDon.

Ontario set to employ the largest number of labour inspectors in provincial history

Toronto, ON — A new recruitment campaign by the Ontario government…

2021 AHR Expo cancelled

2020 AHR Expo Orlando. (AHR Expo)

Wolseley Canada appoints new president

Sébastien Laforge, newly appointed President of Wolseley Canada

Fewer municipal projects spell trouble for Ont. contractors

Contractors aren’t able to secure as many projects with municipalities due to less being tendered since the pandemic struck.

P.E.I. calling on Islanders for input to reach net zero by 2030

P.E.I. is asking its citizens for suggestions on how the province will be able to achieve its goal of net zero by 2030.

Roundtable holds first meeting to fight acts of racism in Ontario’s construction industry

RESCON president Richard Lyall speaks about Construction Against Racism Everywhere (CARE) during a recent webinar. (Screen Grab)

Residential construction top contributor for underground economic activity

Residential construction remained the top contributor for “underground…

Building materials contributed to wholesale sales growth for August

Wholesale sales grew for a fourth consecutive month in August,…

Virtual Reality

COVID-19 has severely impacted in-person building inspections, but municipalities have been adept at using technology to keep things moving. Photo: City of Toronto

MCEE 2021 cancelled due to pandemic

Volker Rühle, director of international sales for Glen Dimplex Thermal Solutions, came all the way from Kulmbach, Germany to display his company’s air-to-water heat pumps at the 2018 MCEE tradeshow.

Driven by Ontario, building permits rise in September

Total value of building permits. (StatsCan)

Another province looking to join CRN reconciliation agreement

The Reconciliation Agreement for the Canadian Registration Number…

UV-C kills 99.99% of virus that causes COVID-19: study

Jupiter, FL — Third-party lab tests have proven residential…

HVAC/R association calls Ont. government to create retrofit program

Mississauga, ON—The Heating, Refrigeration, and Air Conditioning…

Deschenes Group acquires Powrmatic of Canada

Montreal –Deschenes Group Inc. (DGI) announced the acquisition…

Residential building construction prices on the rise

Prices for residential building construction rose 2.4 per cent…

Mits Airconditioning moves to new Barrie location

Mississauga, ON – Mits Airconditioning Inc. (Rymac Sales) announced…

ASHRAE moves into new net-zero energy global headquarters

  Atlanta, GA — ASHRAE announced a move to its new global…

Building construction investment dropped in Sept.

Investment in building construction, seasonally adjusted.

Publication date of Canada’s building codes pushed to 2021

Canada’s next building code update is expected for late 2021.

Green building can offer path to economic recovery: CaGBC

Ottawa ON — A new report indicates the potential of a green…

AHR Expo announces 2021 innovation award winners

Chicago, Illinois—The upcoming AHR Expo cancelled their in-person…

Manufacturing sales rose in September

Manufacturing statistics for the month of September 2020.

Research highlights benefits of ground-source heat pumps to the electricity system

Toronto, ON — A new study highlights the unique advantages…

Many Canadian construction firms more productive than before COVID-19: survey

Toronto, ON — A new survey reveals that more than 70 per cent…

Amendments made to the Uniform Plumbing Code

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials…

P.E.I. takes steps to being fully net zero

Dennis King, premier of Prince Edward Island, speaks to a packed dining room at the 2019 CIPH AGM in Charlottetown, P.E.I.

Second annual Canadian energy efficiency report card released

Overall Results: Map of Canada showing provincial scores.

Report says policy and technology change will be key drivers of Canada’s energy transition

  Calgary, AB — A new energy outlook from the Canada Energy…

CleanBC opens application period for building innovation fund

Construction projects involving mass timber are able to apply for the CleanBC Building Innovation Fund. The Wood Innovation and Design Centre, Prince George, B.C., is constructed using a repeatable and expandable system. Photo: Province of British Columbia.

Speeding up approvals process would create jobs and housing: report

  Vaughan, ON — A new report suggests that harmonization…

B.C. electricity rates to increase in 2021

Kelowna, B.C.—Electricity rates are expected to increase in…

Commercial permits drive overall value down in October

  Ottawa, ON — Driven by a drop in commercial permits, the…

Annual plumbing contest announces winners

Shayne Makin (right) and Jean Lalanne (left) won the 2020 Bad and Ugly Cross Connection Photo Contest.

Sustainability commitments and smart buildings set to drive future investment

Cork, Ireland — According to the findings of new survey, health…

Ontario safety authority revises programs due to pandemic

After years of service, it was time to replace the old boiler. But first, the asbestos wrapped pipes had to be dealt with.

Annual kitchen and bath award show accepting 2021 nominations

An industry first—the annual Kitchen & Bath Industry Show will be held virtually. 

CIPHEX wraps up first virtual event

Etobicoke, ON—The first-ever CIPHEX Virtual has wrapped up…

Planning stage begins for CMPX

Organizers are hoping to be able to start holding in-person events again starting in 2022.

Building construction investment drops for second month

Investment in building construction, seasonally adjusted

Construction investment up in February

Investment in residential building construction, seasonally adjusted.

Ont. workers get extra year to renew working from heights certificate

The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development…

CIPH cancels 2020 annual conference

It wasn’t all business at the 2019 CIPH ABC. Members participated in several fun activities including a scenic bicycle ride.

COVID-19-related IAPMO codes now free

One day Mark Evans and associate Chuck Popp, pictured, were called upon to install a new pump, two-stage float switch and high-level alarm in a sewage pit after the existing equipment had been destroyed when a previous contractor tried to “snake out the drain” without understanding the system.

ASHRAE proposes cycling and thermostatic controls for unvented combustion devices

A new proposal has been approved by an ASHRAE working group,…

Rent and additional financial support for small business announced

Justin Trudeau makes an announcement to press concerning updates to COVID-19 support for small businesses.

Survey: industry responds to impact of COVID-19

The pandemic has made things like this planning and safety meeting prior to the installation of a large rooftop unit by Sprint Mechanical in Toronto a few years ago a lot more difficult today.

Calls made to federal government to create construction relief fund

Construction associations are calling for an emergency COVID-19…

Quebec releases amendments to HFC refrigerant regulations

The Quebec government has published its final halocarbon regulation.…

Ont. extends construction hours on essential projects

Project director Cedric Bertrand checks that all is well with the new 850-ton York CYK heat recovery chiller at Laval University Hospital.

Building permits stats released for Feb. and estimates for March

Total value of building permits

WaterSense program specifications will remain unchanged

The American Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced…

FortisBC sets up pandemic fund to support residents and small businesses

Fig. 2: Propane is an effective refrigerant that meets GWP targets but, obviously, is highly flammable.

Mitsubishi Electric recognizes Ontario net-zero project

Terada-san, president and CEO of Mitsubishi Electric Sales Canada, left, presents Cora Group COO Adrian Conrad with Mitsubishi’s Building of the Year award for the Evolv 1 net-zero building in Waterloo, Ont.

Kitchen and bath design contest announced

The 2020 Kitchen & Bath Show was held, again, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Handwashing on the increase prior to coronavirus, says survey

The coronavirus pandemic may have helped increase the number…

Ontario clamps down on non-essential construction

The Ontario government has updated its list of essential services…

IAPMO looking for hydronics committee volunteers

Good design and installation from the beginning reduces troubleshooting later. Dale’s Plumbing, Courtney, B.C., laid down this hydronic slab floor for a storage facility in Parksville, B.C., using 3.55 kilometers of three-quarter inch Vipert oxygen barrier pipe made in Burnaby, B.C. by CB Supplies.

Contractor association calls upon Canadian government to support construction sector 

The Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada (MCAC) is calling…

Ont. working from heights course given extra year to renew

The Ontario Ministry of Labour, Training and Skills Development…

Manitoba deems construction an essential service

Andrew Fleetwood, left, and PCL Agile senior construction manager Terry Olynyk with the hospital bathroom module prototype.

Details released for federal small-business relief during COVID-19 pandemic

Justin Trudeau makes an announcement to press while he is in self-isolation due to his wife testing positive for COVID-19, which lays out support to small and medium-sized businesses.

Alta. releases list of essential services

Alberta has declared the construction industry an essential service. Projects…

Ont. sets guidelines to protect construction jobsites

Ontario released updated guidelines for the construction industry…

Canadian HVAC manufacturer switches gears to make COVID-19 facemasks

50 Napoleon employees will be working with a local Barrie, Ont. medical supplies company to produce face shields for the medical community.

Small and medium businesses offered relief during COVID-19 pandemic

Justin Trudeau makes an announcement to press while he is in self-isolation due to his wife testing positive for COVID-19, which lays out support to small and medium-sized businesses.

CIPH urges provinces to keep plumbing and heating industries on essential list

This plumber/pipefitter is joining a number of different types of pipes with Viega ProPress.

Sask. details essential services and limits gatherings to 10 people

Saskatchewan is amongst the latest provinces to release a comprehensive…

B.C. establishes essential services list

A complete bathroom renovation may start with a plumbing service call.

Ont. association establishes best practice guide during COVID-19 pandemic

Companies need to make sure that they are communicating any policy changes with all levels related to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Ontario targets HVAC/R “trunk slammers”

Josh Wynne, installer with Reliance Home Comfort, makes the finishing touches on installing the gas line to the new water heater.

Building construction investment increased in January

Investment in building construction, seasonally adjusted.

Ont. and Que. take different approach to essential services during pandemic

This contractor is installing a PRV valve to copper with SharkBite fittings and then transitioning to PEX with a purpose-made fitting.

Industry work critical, HRAI tells governments

Reliance Home Comfort installer works on adding the ventilation system to the HVAC equipment during this retrofit.

Atlantic trade show postponed until November

Busy times at the General Pipe Cleaners booth at MEET 2016. These shows offer a great opportunity to speak directly to manufacturers.

Skills Canada cancels 2020 national competition

The Skills Canada National Competition and several provincial-level…

Lennox announces heat pump recall


Accidents are more likely to happen on lifts when working in public areas, report

Accidents while using mobile elevating work platforms (MEWPs)…

OGA postpones annual conference due to COVID-19 pandemic

Pump manufacturer Armstrong was among the exhibitors at the 2019 OGA Conference.

Danfoss accepting applications for annual EnVisioneer of the Year award

Danfoss is accepting entries for its 11th annual EnVisioneer…

NSF urges creation of cooling tower registries to combat Legionella

Poorly maintained evaporative cooling towers can contribute to the spread of Legionnaires’ disease.

Plumbers urged to take precautions against COVID-19 virus

As long as the COVID-19 pandemic is active, anyone working on…

Coronavirus derails Toronto CMPX 2020 trade show, Habitat Gala

Canada’s largest tradeshow dedicated to the plumbing and mechanical trades has postponed the 2020 show due to the coronavirus pandemic.

CaGBC updates zero carbon building standard

The Wilkinson Warehouse project was able to achieve extremely high efficiency through reduced infiltration, better insulation values, efficient heating systems, and automation.

Value of building permits increase for January 2020

Total value of building permits

CCA cancels annual conference over fear of coronavirus

John Bockstael, chair of the CCA, sent out a letter to members of the association to explain the decision to cancel the annual conference. 

Canadian universities among winners of ASHRAE grants

Three Canadian universities were among the winners of recently announced ASHRAE grants.

Seminar topics announced for Moncton trade show

It was a busy show; lots of visitors, lots of meetings with manufacturers at the 2018 MEET tradeshow.

CMPX trade show and CIPH Habitat Gala will proceed as planned, says organizers

Organizers are hoping for another busy year at CMPX.

AHR Expo product report

Every year thousands of new products are introduced a the AHR…

Billing can now be sent through texts for American business management company

American management platform for businesses announced the addition…

ASHRAE encourages industry to help combat coronavirus

ASHRAE has developed resources for building-industry professionals…

Construction investment up in December

Investment in building construction.

Bartle & Gibson moves into Sask.

Current Bartle & Gibson locations.

Alberta allows mass timber construction up to 12 storeys

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in downtown Prince George, B.C., is constructed using a repeatable and expandable system to use on other building types and sizes. B.C. was the first province to allow for 12-storey mass timber construction. Image provided by Province of British Columbia.

Associations urge prime minister to resolve protest over B.C. pipeline

The Canadian economy is starting to feel the effects from the…

Florida AHR Expo draws a crowd

Over 50,000 people attended the 2020 AHR Expo, held at the Orange…

Geothermal conference will offer developers, municipalities a path to decarbonization

Some very large projects, like this 542-unit Toronto condo complex currently under construction, are using geothermal heating and cooling systems.

Government looks to women to help solve skilled labour shortage

One thing that has changed dramatically in the past 20 years is the number of young women entering the trades.

Canadian immigration system failing workers and employers, reports CFIB

The Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling…

Canadian association raising awareness about the dangers of lead in drinking water

The Plumbing and Mechanical Advisory Council (PMAC) of the Canadian…

New leadership team announced for Distech Controls

From left to right: Eugene Mazo, Ryan Sen, Charles Pelletier.

Survey shows relationship between clean public washrooms and business success

Consumers are more likely to spend money at a business when they…

Value of building permits up in 2019

Total value of building permits.

New leadership coming to MCAC

Ken Lancastle

Pre-apprenticeship programs on the radar for Ont. government

Refrigeration apprentices compete at Skills Ontario in 2016.

Skilled trades shortage increases construction costs

Higher residential building construction costs were largely related…

Joint Sask. University/China study reveals IAQ risk from LCD screens

Prof. John Giesy checks a sample in his lab.

Amount of lead allowed in drinking water halved

Ben Kaczmarek tests drinking water treatment systems at NSF International to the new lower lead threshold. (Photo courtesy of NSF International)

Zurn acquires stainless steel sink manufacturer

Zurn hosted a hospitality event at the Mercedes Benz Stadium, home of the Falcons, at the 2018 ASPE Convention and Expo,

Canadians do well at Kitchen & Bath Show

The 2020 Kitchen & Bath Show was held, again, in Las Vegas, Nevada.

Ont. college to offer new construction boilermaker program

A Southern Ontario college has recently been accredited for its…

New standard set for radon control in new low-rise construction

The only way to know if a building has a high radon level is to measure the radon concentration using a long-term test. Graphic courtesy of the Geological Survey of Canada.

New Canadian think tank calls on government to address climate change

A new independent research institute was launched in Canada which…

Alberta to allow 12-storey buildings  

From left, Paul Whittaker, Kaycee Madu, Scott Fash, acting executive director of BILD, Dale Beesley, municipal affairs, and Andre Lema, business development at Western Archrib, toured the Western Archrib facility – a manufacturer of glued-laminated structural wood systems.

U.S. changes process for creating energy standards

The United States Department of Energy (DOE) has updated its…

Small increase in construction investment for November

Investment in building construction

NRC opens second round of code construction consultation

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has launched a…

U.S. Senate passes NAFTA 2.0

The United States’ Senate approved the new Canada-United States-Mexico…

NRC opens second round of consultations on construction codes

The National Research Council of Canada (NRC) has launched a…

CCA slams Supreme Court decision on reprisal clauses

The Canadian Construction Association (CCA) is “displeased”…

Mits Airconditioning now sole distributor of Mitsubishi HVAC in southwestern Ont. 

Mits Airconditioning’s Jack Eliav, left, and Jim Chaters hosted customers at the company’s popular annual barbecue last September in Mississauga, Ont.

Ont. launches new program to entice people into trades

The Ontario government has created a new public relations initiative…

Ontario College of Trades future up in the air 

Education is critical in keeping up to date on equipment. An apprentice technician installs a thermostat under the watchful eye of a judge at Skills Ontario 2019.

Building permits down in November 

Value of building permits for the residential and non-residential sectors.

Interprovincial gas tech ticket in the works 

Andrew Charteris of Haven Home ClimateCare, Kingston, Ont. performs a precision furnace tune-up. New gas furnaces will have to be 95 percent AFUE.

CHC launches webinar series on all things hydronic

Snowmelt projects vary from simple to complex. This custom home project required snow melting on several elevations.

Ventilation manufacturer merges Canadian and American divisions

The Canadian and American divisions of Aldes, Saint-Léonard…

Bad and ugly photo contest gets nasty 

Village residents might have seen their potable water turn pink had Sask. Water’s Brendan Miller not spotted this faulty installation.

SPX Corp. acquires commercial boiler and water heater manufacturer

The Marley Company, a subsidiary of SPX Corporation, Overland…

Federal carbon tax now in effect in Alberta

Alberta has become one of five provinces in Canada to have imposed…

Wholesaler, manufacturers team up to support Toronto transitional housing program

For 27 years, 9 Huntley St., Toronto, Ont., was the home of the Casey House – a 12-bed AIDs hospice. It was even visited by Diana, Princess of Wales, back in 1997.

Supreme Court upholds reprisal clauses

The Supreme Court of Canada has upheld the City of Burnaby, B.C.’s…

Conference will focus on Legionella prevention

Dr. Dave Dyjack, executive director of the National Environmental Health Association, addresses 360 industry and public health experts at the 2019 Legionella Conference held in Los Angeles. (Photo courtesy of NSF Health Sciences)

Uniform refrigerant cylinder colours adopted

The colourful refrigerant cylinders on the top will be replaced with the standardized colour on the bottom.

Trades Hall of Fame to open in Alberta

If May 2019’s Ontario Skills Competition is any indication, there is considerable interest in trade careers among young people.

New standard for non-sewer sanitation systems

Saniflo grinder/macerating units made it relatively easy to install indoor plumbing at this construction camp.

Kitchen and Bath Show returns to Las Vegas

Registration is open for the 2020 Kitchen and Bath Industry Show…

Registration for the trades up in 2018

New registrations in registered apprenticeship programs, Canada, 1991 to 2018

Building permits decrease in October

Value of building permits for the residential and non-residential sectors.

Ont. suggests connecting with millennials to solve skilled trades shortage

Andrew Fleetwood, left, and PCL Agile senior construction manager Terry Olynyk with the hospital bathroom module prototype.

Governments urged to implement emissions reporting for buildings

All levels of government are being called upon to implement building…

National code body seeks industry input

The Canadian Commission on Building and Fire Codes (CCBFC) –…

Vancouver eyes 2025 fossil fuel ban

A Vancouver proposal to ban the use of heating appliances fired…

Ontario to harmonize energy and water efficiency regulations

Tankless DHW heaters keep this restaurant in hot water.

Master Group to expand Fujitsu line in West

Fujitsu General has named The Master Group as the sole distributor…

U.S. legislation will allow EPA to regulate HFCs

A bipartisan coalition of U.S. senators has introduced legislation…

ASHRAE updates air quality standard

When installing a high-efficiency furnace, if there is a gas water heater some consideration must be given on how to vent it. (Photos courtesy of ClimateCare)

Smart thermostat market expected to double

The smart thermostat market is expected to more than double within…

CIPH holds town hall meeting as industry at a crossroads with new technologies, new players 

By Simon Blake  New construction technologies and new players…

AHR Expo fast approaching 

The AHR Expo is a busy three days for manufacturers like Bradford White.

Developing trust is critical, conference participants hear 

Attendees participated in numerous hydronic heating and business seminars.

Construction investment up slightly

Residential construction investment, September 2019.

New B.C. Building Code will allow 12-storey wood buildings

The Wood Innovation and Design Centre (WIDC) in downtown Prince George, B.C., is constructed using a repeatable and expandable system which can be used on other building types and sizes. Image provided by Province of British Columbia.

Alta. government reports impact of carbon tax on economy

The Alberta government has released a report which highlights…

World Toilet Day raises awareness in lack of sanitation services

November 19 marks World Toilet Day and is designed to bring attention…

Provinces ranked by energy efficiency

Radiant piping in the polished concrete floors and LED lighting are among the energy-efficient features.

R-410A replacement refrigerant receives A1 designation

Honeywell’s new stationary air conditioning refrigerant, Solstice…

Increased investment within construction industry for September

Residential construction investment, September 2019.

Ont. removes red tape for wood biomass heating

The Ontario government has tabled new legislation that would…

Canadian program created to approve thermal energy meters

Applications will soon be accepted on a regular basis by Measurement…

BC utility program helps apartment owners upgrade buildings for better efficiency

Energy efficiency upgrades in older apartment buildings have…

CEC offers gold/blue seal certification programs

MCAC members attend a seminar at the group’s recent annual conference in Nashville.

Ont. increases spending to attract more skilled trades workers

The skilled trades industries have been plagued with shortages…

Decrease in Sept. building permits due to residential sector

Chart 1: Total value of building permits.

B.C. Building Code changes will offer more flexibility to meet efficiency requirements

New revisions to the British Columbia 2018 Building Code has…

Canada to celebrate National Skilled Trades and Technology

Refrigeration apprentices compete at Skills Ontario in 2016.

Johnson Controls acquires magnetic bearing company

Johnson Controls and Synchrony partnered to develop the York YZ magnetic bearing centrifugal chiller.

Alberta government ends energy efficiency rebate programs

In the last few months, there has been some confusion about the…

Ontario invests in high school trade programs

Using the right flux is critical. UA tradesmen taught visiting high school students howto join copper at a Skills Ontario event a while back.

Internet usage continues to climb, says Statistics Canada

Smartphones are everywhere these days, and so it the internet.…

Comments invited on national code changes

Sidney Manning, chief plumbing and gas administrator for Alberta Municipal Affairs, chats with contractors following a seminar on plumbing and building codes.

ASHRAE updates 90.1 energy efficiency standard

ASHRAE has made over 100 changes in its energy efficiency standard…

Skilled trades program funding increases in Alberta

Registered apprenticeship program student Aurora Erickson demonstrates her welding skills.

Renewable natural gas to be produced at Vancouver’s landfill

FortisBC and the City of Vancouver have received regulatory approval…

Exhibitor bookings strong for CIPHEX West

P&HVAC’s own Roy Collver, left, chats with a reader at the 2018 CIPHEX West show in Calgary.

Ontario prompt payment legislation takes effect

Large concrete earth tubes were installed during the construction phase.

Employers still face challenges with cannabis legalization

Almost exactly one year ago, Canada legalized cannabis. Countries…

AHR Expo innovation winners announced

North America’s largest HVAC/R trade show will take place Feb.…

Nova Scotia opens heating rebate program

The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) is once again available…

Training on boiler and pressure vessel codes coming to Toronto

Condensing boilers and indirect tanks provide DHW in this nursing home.

Deal struck in Ontario between industry associations

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of…

MAAX Bath celebrates 50 years

An employee at the Valdosta, Georgia plant, one of MAAX’s eight manufacturing facilities in North America, works on a bathtub assembly line.

Unions, associations clash over firefighter cancer rate

Earlier this year the International Association of Fire Fighters…

Ont. college offers dedicated geothermal program

Geothermal students will finish the program at the Sutherland campus. The Kawartha Trades and Technology Centre will be where they will be spending most of their second semester. Neil Maika, coordinator of the mechanical techniques – plumbing program, and Jason Jackson, showcase the many trades that work within this space.

Increase in building permits for August

Total value of building permits.

AHR 2020 innovation award winners announced

The AHR Expo Show announced the winners of the 2020 AHR Expo…

General increase in building permits for August

Total value of building permits.

Ont. school starts trade program

The Peel District School Board in Mississauga, Ont., just west…

Youth not prepared for workplace, says report

More than half of employers in Canada say that high schools do…

Politicians promise energy efficiency incentives

The Canadian federal election is scheduled for October 21, 2019. Political leaders have released their climate action plans many of which will benefit the HVAC/R industry.

Ontario to make sweeping labour law changes

By Simon Blake The Ontario government has announced plans to…

Building permits down in August

In August, Canadian municipalities issued building permits for…

WaterSense here to stay

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials…

Long-time industry mentor honoured

A long-time Canadian HVAC/R industry trainer, guru and advocate…

New Energy Star certification in Ontario

Mid- and high-rise buildings in Ontario will now be able to achieve…

Saskatchewan introduces prompt payment legislation

Saskatchewan is the latest province to introduce prompt payment…

Bridging the gap

Panelists, from left, Kevin Stelzer, Steve Kemp, Olivia Keung, Suzanne Wiltshire and Adrian Conrad believe the trades need to be involved in the design process.

Calgary trade show well attended

Sidney Manning, chief plumbing and gas administrator for Alberta Municipal Affairs, chats with contractors following a seminar on plumbing and building codes.

Ontario to end high journeyman/apprentice ratios

Sprint Mechanical employees install a new rooftop unit on a Toronto area mall.

Atlanta will host AHR Expo

Always busy, the AHR Expo is a great place to see the latest products and chat with manufacturers.

Bartle & Gibson expands in Alberta

Edmonton headquartered Bartle & Gibson Co. Ltd. will enter the…

Green Calgary wins water efficiency award

The Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) has awarded…

Building permits down slightly in October

Value of building permits for residential and non-residential sectors

Federal government to boost code access, target code patchwork

Ever wonder what the National Building Code says when it comes…

Poor comfort leads to disputes, poor productivity, says survey

Heating and cooling discomfort can cause family disagreements,…

ASHRAE updates residential standard

ASHRAE has released an updated version of the ANSI/ASHRAE/IES…

HRAI creates flammable refrigerants task team

D&B ClimateCare technician Tim Rapai checks refrigerant pressures.

Newfoundland urged to make refrigeration/AC a compulsory trade

The Heating, Refrigeration and Air Conditioning Institute of…

Feds move forward on prompt payment

The federal government will adopt prompt payment rules, likely…

Feds promise tax break for efficient equipment

Homeowners who invest in efficiency-related technology and clean…

Montreal show returns

Visitors test out new tools at Mecanex 2017.

Long-time writer a tireless industry volunteer

Art was born and raised in Sheet Harbour, Nova Scotia. He began…

Marijuana legalization a game changer

By Leah Den Hartogh Contracting companies’ best line of defence…

Robots coming to plumbing industry

Excavating to diagnose and repair buried pipes may soon be in…

MCAC to host innovation conference

Are you curious as to where industry experts believe the trades…

Ontario looks at reducing burden from door knocker legislation

The Ontario government is looking at changes to door-knocker…

The Master Group awarded exclusive York rights

The Master Group, Boucherville, Que., has been awarded distribution…

CCA mentorship program announced

Every year there are more young women entering the trades. Brenda Egberts competes in the plumbing category.

HRAI Symposium looks at transition to low carbon world

Photo courtesy of Mohawk College website.

U.S. HVAC/R show draws a crowd of Canadians

[metaslider id=3900] By Leah Den Hartogh The 2019 AHR Expo returned…

HVAC manufacturer celebrates 100 years

In 1931, Nortek employees gathered for a photo outside the company’s St. Louis plant.

Montreal trade show returns

As winter turns to spring and the construction industry ramps…

Ont. apprenticeship changes: Industry raises concerns as government remains silent

Refrigeration apprentices compete at Skills Ontario in 2016.

Industry welcomes energy efficiency tax break

The industry is welcoming a plan by the federal government to…

Ridgid photo/video contest announced

Ridgid is looking for photos and videos of people using the company’s tools.

Long-time Moen Canada leader retires

Mike Dennis

HRAI to host low-carbon symposium

Photo courtesy of Mohawk College.

Ontario Geothermal Association announces plan for annual conference

The Ontario Geothermal Association will host its annual conference…

Auction site for mechanical industry

It had to happen sooner or later. Somebody would start an e-bay…

MCEE product competition finalists announced

Visitors check out the Liberty Pumps booth at the 2017 MCEE trades show in Montreal.

Plumbing & HVAC visits European event, along with a crowd of Canadians

Many of the exhibitor booths at ISH, like this one by plumbing manufacturer Grohe, are huge.

Industry welcomes prompt payment legislation announced in federal budget

The National Trade Contractors Coalition of Canada (NTCCC) is…

Ontario oil heat group rebrands

Photo courtesy of OPTTA website.

Federal budget includes good news for industry

By Leah Den Hartogh The 2019 Federal Budget contained some good…

Ontario ends heating and cooling rebate program

The Ontario HVAC/R industry can say goodbye to a number of energy…

Ontario WSIB puts limits on medical pot

By Leah Den Hartogh The Workplace Safety and Insurance Board…

Reader survey shows shift towards conservation technologies

The survey, conducted in January, shows the increasing use of conservation technologies.

Women of HVAC/R industry come together for Habitat build

Participating in the Reliance Home Comfort sponsored Habitat for Humanity International Women’s Day in Hamilton, Ont. were: (from left to right, behind) Katie Barnes, Brittany Dent, Tina Kalogeropoulos, Disha Patel, Deren Manu, Agartha Manu, Jenn Bromley, Paul Martin, Antoinette Kong, Demi Tsioros, Bita Momeni, Judy Plantinga, John Celeste, (from left to right, in front) Stuart Slater, Anita Choi-Gibson, Natalie Busnarda, Rachel Hilling, Carla Agostino, Robert Johnson, and Walt Bayliss.

Thousands attend Montreal show

Over 5,000 people visited the busy two-day show.


In an article titled ‘Historic home boiler retrofit’ in the…

Viessmann boilers recalled due to carbon monoxide hazard

Certain models of Viessmann’s Vitodens 200-W and Vitodens 222-F…

CFIB calls on federal government to cancel carbon tax

The Canada Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) is calling…

March was a good month for municipal building projects

The number of building permits in Canadian municipalities are…

Contractors urged to participate in hydronic code survey

The Canadian Standard Association (CSA) is asking for anyone…

Nova Scotia, Sask. make progress on prompt payment

Nova Scotia and Saskatchewan are moving forward with prompt payment…

Canadian company recalls fireplaces due to fire hazard

Health Canada has issued a recall on certain Kingsman Fireplaces…

Ontario geothermal industry optimistic

OGA president Stan Reitsma, left, presents an award to OGA founding member Brian Beatty (Beatty Geothermal Consulting, Schomberg, Ont.).

Canadian drinking water standards updated

The American National Standards for health effects of drinking…

Masco Canada and Mirolin Industries to merge

Masco Canada and Mirolin Industries will merge after a team of…

Speakers announced for Canadian Hydronics Conference

Good design and installation from the beginning reduces troubleshooting later. Dale’s Plumbing, Courtney, B.C., laid down this hydronic slab floor for a storage facility in Parksville, B.C., using 3.55 kilometres of three-quarter inch Vipert oxygen barrier pipe made in Burnaby, B.C. by CB Supplies.

Ontario working towards apprenticeship changes

Pipe welding methods and materials have changed dramatically in recent years. Colleges must teach the old and new. This young man learns pipe welding at New Brunswick Community College.

Small business carbon tax rebate program announced

By Leah Den Hartogh The long-awaited federal carbon tax rebate…

Rheem acquires Dutch, B.C. boiler makers

Rheem Manufacturing, Atlanta, Georgia has acquired Dutch boiler…

Victaulic celebrates 100 years

Victaulic reps have always been sharp dressers!

Dates announced for Canada’s largest mechanical trade show

Dates have been announced for the 2020 Canadian Mechanical and…

Feds to upgrade Ottawa district heating system

The federal government has been urging and cajoling Canadians…

CIPH members elect new chairman

Allen Taylor, left, was elected CIPH chairman for 2018-2019 and passes off the official gavel to Andrew Dyck, right, who has been elected CIPH chairman for 2019-2020.

Prompt payment on federal projects

By Leah Den Hartogh Federal prompt payment legislation became…

Mandatory HVAC/R efficiencies to increase with new energy efficiency regulations

Andrew Charteris of Haven Home ClimateCare, Kingston, Ont. performs a precision furnace tune-up. New gas furnaces will have to be 95 percent AFUE.

Openings and new beginnings

Riptide grand opening

Data collection and artificial intelligence key topics at MCAC innovation conference

Victaulic demonstrated virtual reality at its display.

Plumbing industry meets in Charlottetown

Out going chairman Allen Taylor, left, passes the gavel to newly elected CIPH chairman Andrew Dyck.

Steel, aluminum tariff repeal welcomed

By Leah Den Hartogh A big sigh of relief was heard throughout…

Final stage of Ontario’s prompt payment set for this fall

By Leah Den Hartogh Ontario has announced the adjudication authority…

NRCan official receives Joseph K. Seidner Award

Philip Rizcallah, middle, poses with CIPH president, Ralph Suppa, right, and Kevin Ernst, general manager at Oakville Stamping & Bending Ltd., (OS&B), left, after receiving the Joseph K. Seidner Award.

Red Seal trades training harmonized

Consensus on training has been reached for 32 Canadian Red Seal…

Building permits down slightly in June

Chart 1: Total value of building permits.

Canadian Hydronics Conference fast approaching

The Canadian Hydronics Conference in Ottawa this fall is fast…

Hydronics task group members sought

The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials…

Wholesaler donates plumbing supplies to help family with autistic children

Alex Nikolic hasn’t had his own bed since he was four years old. Now he even has his own bathroom connected to his bedroom to call his own.

Successful WorldSkills competition for Canada

WorldSkills Team Canada 2019 competitors gather at the Kazan Arena Stadium for the closing ceremony of the 45th WorldSkills Competition, in Kazan, Russia. Photo credit: Skills/Compétences Canada.

Emerson hosts educational event to promote STEM

At one of the stations, kids were able to build an operational catapult and then test the design to see how well the structure worked.

Grundfos raises $25,000 at charity event

Participants in Grundfos’ Walk for Water Canada event completed a 6km course while carrying a bucket of water for half the time in support of Water Mission.

HRAI recognizes industry supporters

Ray Hurrell, chief operating officer, left, accepted the very first Warren Heeley Environmental Excellence Award from Warren Heeley himself, the long-time HRAI president. The award recognizes Fielding Environmental’s work within the HVAC/R industry to protect the environment.

Ont. wholesaler celebrates 50 years

From left, Joe Senese, Groupe Deschênes vice president, Bob Pryor, Bardon Supplies vice president and general manager, and Ralph Suppa, CIPH president and general manager, surrounded by team Bardon, mark the two anniversaries.

Federal election too close to call, HRAI delegates hear

Outgoing chair David Weishuhn, left, passes the gavel to new chair Dennis Kozina.

Building permits rose in July

The total value of building permits.

CEC scholarship recipients announced

Jack Bavis, left, Richard McKeagan, center, and David Dawe, right, came all the way from Newfoundland to wish McKeagan a happy retirement.

U.S. company acquires Canadian HVAC filter manufacturer

Chris Willette, left, president of Fresh-Air UV, and Pierre Audet, right, president of Electro-Breeze are joining forces and moving manufacturing to Florida.

Orlando to host AHR Expo

It’s that time of year again. The AHR Expo is ramping up preparations…

Speakers needed for apprenticeship conference

Education is critical in keeping up to date on equipment. An apprentice technician installs a thermostat under the watchful eye of a judge at Skills Ontario 2019. HRAI member volunteers organized and ran the residential HVAC competition.

Long-time hydronics industry contributor honoured

Bill Hooper, left, is presented the award of merit at the Canadian Hydronics Conference in Ottawa, Ont., by Andrew Dyck, Barclay Sales Ltd., right, and Dave Hughes, NAIT, center.

Ontario wholesaler raises $345,000 towards cancer research

NEXT Plumbing and Hydronics Supply, Vaughan, Ont., raised over…

Ontario distributor acquired by Master Group

The Master Group, Boucherville, Que., has acquired Baymar Supply…

B.C. eliminates fees for online building codes

Andrew Fleetwood, left, and PCL Agile senior construction manager Terry Olynyk with the hospital bathroom module prototype.

Brewing or building – it’s a challenge, MCAC members hear

AON’s Gerry Russ, left, led a panel on industry challenges.

Green Building Council strives to keep LEED buildings efficient

The geothermal retrofit at the TransCanada Arena in Ritchot, Man. saves 60 percent on energy, reduces maintenance and increases comfort for spectators.