2021 Federal Pre-Budget Submission
As part of the federal government’s 2021 Pre-Budget Consultation process, the Mechanical Contractors Association of Canada and the Canadian Institute of Plumbing and Heating (CIPH) were pleased to provide recommendations in a pre-budget submission.
With additional support from the Government of Canada, the mechanical, plumbing and heating sector are poised to make significant contributions to the economic recovery and work to build back a stronger, more resilient Canada.
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• We recommend that the federal government includes home and building retrofits as part of
the $100 billion recovery fund.
• We recommend that the federal government invest $20 billion over five years in retrofit
projects, including federal buildings, to stimulate the economy post-pandemic. This measure
will generate thousands of well-paying jobs and boost GDP.
• We recommend that the federal government work with the private sector to introduce
innovative retrofit financial instruments such as the ESPA™
• We recommend that the government implement a low-cost retrofit loan program to make
retrofits more affordable and more accessible for Canadian homeowners and landlords.
• We recommend that the federal government work with provinces and territories to broaden
and expand the scale and scope of existing provincial, territorial and municipal retrofit projects.
• We recommend that the federal government work closely with the Provincial/Territorial
Policy Advisory Committee on Codes to ensure timely adoption of the National Codes at the
provincial and territorial levels by the first quarter of 2022.
• We recommend that the federal government invests to provide training opportunities to upskill
trade workers and retrain workers from other sectors to join the skilled trades.
• We recommend that the federal government fully implement the recommendation from the
Recovery Task Force to invest $1.25 billion in workforce development for energy efficiency
and climate resiliency, including for enhancing access to training programs, developing new
approaches, and working with Canadian colleges for a resilient recovery.
• We recommend that the federal government invest $10 million per year over the next five
years in marketing and promoting skilled trades professions to the public at large, with $2
million earmarked toward promoting skilled trades training opportunities to newcomers to
Canada, women, Indigenous peoples and other marginalized communities.