2019 Carbon Tax Relief Grants Open for Greenhouse Growers

Source: https://news.gov.bc.ca/releases/2019AGRI0014-000200


Applications for carbon tax relief grants for the 2019 production year for eligible commercial greenhouse operators are now open and will be accepted until March 29, 2019.

Commercial producers of B.C. vegetables, ornamental flowers and plants, forest seedlings and nursery plants are eligible to apply for the grant, providing they:

  • had sales exceeding $20,000 in 2018;
  • used natural gas or propane to heat their greenhouses or produce CO2; and
  • had a production area greater than 455 square metres.

Cannabis is not an eligible crop at any phase of production including propagation. The grant covers 80% of the carbon tax that commercial greenhouse growers of eligible crops paid on the natural gas and propane they used for greenhouse heating and CO2 production in 2018.

The greenhouse sector supplies British Columbians with fresh vegetables for about 10 months of the year on about 300 hectares of land. Over 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse vegetables are grown per year, including tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers, eggplants, lettuce and others. B.C.’s floriculture and nursery industries grow more than 80 million cut flowers and over 50 million potted plants a year.

Application information, criteria, packages, a survey and e-forms are available at: https://www2.gov.bc.ca/gov/content/industry/agriculture-seafood/programs/greenhouse-carbon-tax-relief-grant

The Ministry of Agriculture expects the processing and completion of applications, and the grants to be issued, by June 2019.

Grilling with Propane!

Source: https://globenewswire.com/news-release/2018/05/15/1503787/0/en/Grilling-with-Propane.html

With the May long weekend approaching quickly and summer not far behind, the smell of barbecue is in the air! Nothing says summer more than the smell of burgers grilling on the barbecue.  And what better way to grill than to use low-emission propane.

“Although propane can do so much more, most people know it as a great fuel to light up the grill,” says Nathalie St-Pierre, Canadian Propane Association (CPA) President and CEO.  “Grilling with clean-burning propane is an efficient way to cook outdoors and it emits half the carbon dioxide emissions of a charcoal barbecue.”

Before firing up the grill, however, it’s important to take a few steps to ensure your barbecue is working to its optimum condition.  Follow the CPA’s list of barbecue safety tips for propane users for proper operation of your barbecue and a safe grilling season.

Whether it’s using, cleaning, maintaining, or storing your barbecue, the CPA’s easy steps to follow will ensure your backyard barbecues are always a hit.

Quick and easy steps include checking for leaks, especially if you’re using your barbecue for the first time this season. Applying a 50/50 solution of soap and water to the propane cylinder connections and hoses can help you identify a leak. Other CPA safety tips include never using a barbeque indoors or in a garage, ensuring the lid is always open when igniting the barbecue and a list of Dos and Don’ts such as positioning your barbecue away from wooden fences or walls and never storing or placing cylinders near the barbecue, or near sources of heat or ignition.

“Properly maintaining and using your barbecue are good safety measures and will help your barbecue last longer,” says St-Pierre. “CPA’s barbecue tips will help Canadians cook outdoors incident free throughout the barbecue season.”

Flood Safety Tips for Propane Users

Vancouver Island Propane is up to date on national propane news and updates. Many areas of Canada, particularly in the Eastern provinces, are experiencing heay rainfall and severe flooding over the past few weeks. The Canadian Propane Association (CPA) and propane retailers are encouraging Canadians to take safety precautions and have issued flood safety tips for propane users to keep themselves and their families safe during these difficult conditions.

The tips include information on flood preparation when warning are issues, as well as information on actions to take after a flood has occurred. “The CPA’s flood safety tips will help homeowners take the necessary measures to ensure that they and their families are protected and kept safe during these extreme weather conditions,” says Nathalie St-Pierre, CPA President and CEO. “Floods can have serious effects on the structure of a home, so it is important to take precautions and follow the CPA’s simple safety measures.”

As one of the safest fuels available, propane is non-toxic and dissipates quickly if accidentally released; however, it is important to always be cautious when floods occur. Some essential steps to take when a flood warning is issued are ensuring propane tanks are secured to a fixed object and shutting off the gas supply to propane tanks and appliances, including the electricity supply. Do not turn your propane or electricity supply back on until all water has been removed, and you have had a provincially certified technician inspect and repair the entire system.

For the full list of flood safety tips, please see visit www.propane.ca and view the original news release here.