Ontario Skills Canada’s largest

Over 2,300 elementary, secondary and post secondary students and apprentices are expected to compete in this year’s Skills Ontario competition in the hopes of earning a spot to compete in the National Skills Competition, to be held in Edmonton June 4-5.This year’s Ontario competition will take place May 7-9 at the Toronto Congress Centre. The largest competition of its kind in Canada, Skills Ontario will host competitions in 68 trade and technology categories from across the construction, manufacturing, transportation, service, and technology sectors. Students compete for gold, silver, and bronze medals, monetary awards, and job offers in select contest areas.

Gold medalists are eligible to represent Team Ontario at the Skills Canada National Competition.

Young women’s conference

Skills Ontario is also part of the movement to bring more women into the trades, endeavoring to change misconceptions about the skilled trades being dirty, low-paying, and generally unsuitable to female workers.
Throughout the year, the organization and its partners host Young Women’s Career Exploration Events at locations across Ontario that bring education, hands-on experience, and mentorship together. This event series culminates in the Young Women’s Conferences that will be held at the Skills Ontario Conference. The largest event of its kind in Canada, the Young Women’s Conference is expected to attract over 2,000 young women from across Ontario.

“Young women need to know that the trades and technologies offer many opportunities that can lead to bright, stable and successful futures,” said Ian Howcroft, CEO of Skills Ontario. “Skills Ontario looks forward to continuing to work with our partners from government, industry, and education to increase the momentum for gender equality, and a strong and diverse workforce.”


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GreenON incentives within the Heating and Cooling Program

The additional incentive amount offered within the Save on Energy Heating and Cooling Program offered by the IESO on behalf of the Green Ontario Fund will be ending. As such, the incentive structure first introduced in July 2017 will take effect. The Save on Energy Heating and Cooling Program measures that were not funded by the Green Ontario Fund will continue to operate according to the current program rules. As a Save on Energy Heating and Cooling participating contractor, this means that:
  • You should cease any sales or promotional efforts that reference the GreenON incentive top-ups, and revert to offering the Heating and Cooling incentive values introduced in July 2017 and referenced in Appendix A of the Heating and Cooling Contractor Participation Agreement. You should also remove any references to the GreenON incentives from your website and in other promotional materials.
  • Rebate applications already submitted will continue to be processed with the GreenON incentive top-up according to eligibility criteria.
  • New rebate applications will not be processed with the GreenON incentive top-up without proof of a firm commitment between the customer and a Save on Energy Heating and Cooling participating contractor being in place on or before June 19, 2018. While installations will need to be complete by August 31, 2018, contractors and customers have until September 30, 2018 to submit these rebate applications to the IESO.

Ontario Helping Everyone Fight Climate Change

Ontario is investing proceeds from its carbon market to help researchers, companies and families reduce their greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) and fight climate change in Ontario through several innovative programs. 

Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science, was joined by Chris Ballard, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, at the Clean Tech showcase at Ontario Centres of Excellence's Discovery conference in Toronto to highlight a range of programs that people and businesses across the province can access to fight climate change.

There are now 22 successful recipients for Ontario's Low Carbon Innovation Fund, which includes two streams of support:

  • Technology Demonstration — supports the development and commercialization of innovative low-carbon technologies through demonstration in real-world settings. There are 10 approved projects, including one that uses artificial intelligence to optimize energy storage systems in buildings and reduce GHG emissions
  • Technology Validation — funds proof of concept or prototype projects from companies or academic organizations, helping to seed game-changing technologies and get them to market faster. There are 12 approved projects, including a technology that enhances aerodynamics to increase the efficiency of wind turbines.

Ontario is also launching two programs through the Green Ontario Fund (GreenON) to help people and businesses improve energy efficiency and save money while fighting climate change:

  • GreenON Small and Medium Businesses — a technical expert will offer businesses a no-cost energy audit starting this summer and recommend energy-saving measures for buildings and operations, as well as opportunities to apply for funding to implement these measures.
  • GreenON Solar Rebates —rebates for Ontario families and businesses to install solar panels and solar energy storage. Households and contractors can sign up for additional information alerts.

Ontario also announced a TargetGHG-funded project through the Collaborative Technology Development Program. The project involves energy storage developer NRStor with technology supplier Hydrostor and research partners at the University of Waterloo, who propose to build a new facility in Goderich to provide the Ontario electricity grid with more energy storage.

Supporting good jobs, helping companies innovate and fight climate change are part of the government's plan to support care, create opportunity and make life more affordable during this period of rapid economic change. The plan includes free prescription drugs for everyone under 25, and 65 or over, through the biggest expansion of medicare in a generation, free tuition for hundreds of thousands of students, a higher minimum wage and better working conditions, and free preschool child care from 2 ½ to kindergarten.


  • A total of $28.1 million has been allocated for the Low Carbon Innovation Fund: $12.9 million for the Technology Demonstration stream, and $15.2 million for the Technology Validation stream.
  • Through the Climate Change Action Plan, Ontario has committed up to $1.7 billion over three years to support a wide range of programs under the Green Ontario Fund.
  • Approximately $90 million has been designated for the solar rebates program, and approximately $40 million has been designated for the small and medium businesses program.
  • TargetGHG is funded through proceeds from Ontario’s carbon market and administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence. It is designed to help Ontario reduce its GHG emissions by helping large industries adopt leading edge technologies and supporting entrepreneurs developing creative new solutions.
  • The new TargetGHG project in Goderich is supported by $1 million from the Ontario Centres for Excellence, for a total project value, including partners’ cash and in-kind contributions, of $7,195,422.
  • Ontario has selected two venture capital fund managers through the Ontario Capital Growth Corporation (OCGC) to help clean tech companies get the capital they need to grow their business and create jobs. OCGC has invested $20 million in Yaletown Partners’ Innovation Growth Fund and has committed $35 million in Emerald Technology Venture’s Canadian Cleantech Fund.
  • Ontario has the fastest-growing clean tech sector in Canada, with $18.8 billion in revenue, 5,000 companies and 130,000 employees.

The Climate Change Action Plan and carbon market form the backbone of Ontario's strategy to cut greenhouse gas pollution to 15 per cent below 1990 levels by 2020, 37 per cent by 2030 and 80 per cent by 2050. 

Coming soon: change the temperature with Siri

The iComfort® S30 will soon pair with Apple HomeKit.

Over the next three weeks, you'll receive an alert on your display when your iComfort® smart thermostat is updated to work with Apple HomeKit. It's how we're making it easier than ever to control your home's environment from wherever you are.

*Apple HomeKit scene creation requires the user to have the Apple TV device.

Apple HomeKit technology provides an easy, secure way to control your home's lights, doors, thermostats, and more from your iPhone, iPad, or Apple Watch. To control this HomeKit-enabled accessory, iOS 10.2.1 or later is recoommended. Apple, Apple Watch, iPad, iPad Air, iPhone, and iPod touch are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. HomeKit is a trademark of Apple Inc.

The iComfort® S30 thermostat pairs directly to HomeKit through the Home app.
Download a step-by-step guide to installation if you do not already have HomeKit.



HVAC-R report 1st Quarter of 2018

All HVACR Product Segments show increase in the 1st Quarter of 2018

Mississauga, Ontario – All products showed increases in the shipment numbers in the 1st  Quarter of 2018  beginning with Chillers (32%) followed by Air Handler Units (24%), Residential Furnaces (16%), Ductless Split Systems (9%), Residential Air Conditioning (8%), Commercial Air Conditioning (4%) and Unit Heaters (2%)

The following chart provides specific data for each product; YTD Canadian shipments for select HVACR equipment ending the 1st quarter. An expansion factor has been included to compensate for the non–participating portion of the market.


The following chart shows the quarterly residential market comparison which denotes the percentage change in residential product shipments between this quarter and the same quarter last year.

Quarterly Residential Market Comparison





Quarterly Res. Market Comparison

Residential Air Conditioning







Residential Furnace








 NOTE:  Minor adjustments have been made to 1st quarter 2017 and Year-to-date for Residential Furnace shipment totals.

“Residential air conditioning” means ducted split system air conditioning and heat pumps up to 5 tons; “ductless splits” means heat pumps and conditioning condensing units (cooling only); “commercial air conditioning” means rooftops (combination heat/cool), packaged cooling and packaged heat pumps; “furnace” means residential forced air furnaces of all types (gas, oil, electric and combination);  “chillers” include large tonnage liquid, reciprocating liquid and absorption chillers; “unit heater” means self-contained automatically controlled vented units limited to heating of non-residential space and also includes duct furnaces; “air handling unit” means a device used to condition and circulate air containing a blower, filter, sound attenuators and dampers.

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