Effects of New Ammonia Regulations

Year
2019
Category
Selected Issues
NCLGA Ref#
R29
UBCM Ref#
B191

Status

NCLGA Executive Recommendation: No Recommendation | Endorsed by the NCLGA Membership | Referred to UBCM Executive

Details

Whereas new regulations introduced for ammonia safety have resulted in significant operating cost increases, and increased staff certifications required for operating arenas;

And whereas communities in the Central and Northern regions of the province have limited financial and human resources, and difficulty accessing the costly training required to meet these new staffing regulations:

Therefore be it resolved that the NCLGA and UBCM request that the Province of BC work with post- secondary institutions and other providers to increase the availability of technical certificates and programs to address this critical trade shortage, and that additional funding for, or creation of new programs, such as apprenticeship programs in affected communities, be funded to allow arena staff to access training that is currently cost prohibitive and mostly only available in the Lower Mainland.

Responses

The Resolutions Committee advises that the UBCM membership has not previously considered this type of specific request for more funding and training spaces, in particular in areas outside of the Lower Mainland, for those needing to work as ice arena staff to safely work with ammonia. 

However, the Committee notes that the membership has endorsed resolutions seeking additional funding and opportunities for training, education and apprenticeships for those wanting to work in the trades (2014- B31, 2013-B41, 2004-B142).

North Central Local Government Association