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Important notices which have an impact on BOMA Toronto Members. 

 


BOMA TORONTO MEETS WITH OEB TO RAISE CRITICAL INDUSTRY ISSUES

 

November 8, 2016

 

Recently, BOMA Toronto initiated a meeting with the Ontario Energy Board (OEB), as part of our efforts to advocate on behalf of the Commercial Real Estate Industry on issues important to you.

Issues discussed included: 

  • Electricity Rates & Billing
  • CDM/DSM Program
  • Global Adjustment
  • Grid Innovation
  • Carbon Pricing
  • Green Button
  • Intervenor Program

"This discussion is part of an ongoing effort by BOMA Toronto to advocate on energy-related policies and issues impacting our industry, as well as achieve greater levels of transparency, understanding and collaboration," Susan Allen, President, BOMA Toronto said. 

The OEB has generously accommodated BOMA Toronto's meeting requests, with senior representatives from Consumer Protection and Industry Performance, Public Affairs, Strategic Policy and Licensing and Industry Liaison in attendance. 

"We appreciate BOMA’s initiative in bringing members’ concerns and ideas to the OEB and look forward to engaging in further discussion,” said Brian Hewson, OEB’s Vice President, Consumer Protection and Industry Performance.  

Next steps

BOMA Toronto, with support from its Energy Committee, will prepare a formal submission containing recommendations on all of the critical issues to the OEB. 

We will continue to provide updates on the BOMA-OEB discussions and outcomes. If you have any questions or would like to comment on any of the issues listed above, please contact Director of Sustainable Building Operations & Strategic Partnerships, Bala Gnanam at bgnanam@bomatoronto.org

 

The Ontario Energy Board is an independent and impartial public regulatory agency.  Their goal is to promote a sustainable and efficient energy sector that provides consumers with reliable energy services at a reasonable cost.


CITY OF TORONTO PARKING LEVY GAINS MEDIA ATTENTION - COALITION PRESS RELEASE ISSUED

October 13, 2016

 

This week, BOMA Toronto and our coalition partners highlighted the key disadvantages of the City of Toronto's proposed new parking levy through a press release that is already gaining significant traction with major media outlets, appearing in today's edition of the Toronto Sun, The Star and Metro. 

This is part of an ongoing effort by the CRE Industry Coalition (REALpac, BOMA Toronto, NAIOP Greater Toronto, ICSC, BILD and the Toronto Financial District BIA) to aggressively advocate on behalf of the industry on this issue. 

The key sentiment of this release is that a parking levy is a charge that will flow through to tenants under typical retail, industrial, and office net leases, thereby imposing significant costs to large and small businesses, including small retailers and family businesses. A Parking Levy Report issued by the CRE Industry Coalition, outlining the key potential disadvantages,  accompanied the release. 

City Council will make a decision on December 14, 2016, however it is unlikely that it will be implemented in 2017, as initially proposed. 

READ MORE ABOUT THIS ISSUE

We encourage you to read today's media articles and key industry documents and share it with the wider Commercial Real Estate sector:

Toronto Sun Article or see page 44 in the print edition

The Star Article or see top of page in The Toronto Star’s Business Section print edition

Parking Levy Press Release - as distributed today Thursday, October 13, 2016

Parking Levy Report - Real Estate Industry Coalition - as distributed today Thursday, October 13, 2016


OUR ONTARIO GREEN BUTTON INITIATIVE POLICY DOCUMENT

August 16, 2016


BOMA Toronto would like to thank the Ministry of Energy (MOE) and the Province of Ontario for an opportunity to join the policy discussions and provide our feedback on Ontario’s Green Button Initiative. Our aim is to help the MOE by leveraging the experience and expertise from within our membership and to ensure that the draft policy is fair, practical, and above all, meets our needs.


CLICK HERE TO READ OUR GREEN BUTTON POLICY DOCUMENT


CONGRATULATIONS TO OUR 2016 AWARD WINNERS!

May 13, 2016

The Building Owners and Managers Association of the Greater Toronto Area (BOMA Toronto) celebrated building and management excellence at its 18th annual Celebration of Excellence Awards Gala on May 12, 2016 at the Westin Harbour Castle. The evening was attended by over 500 real estate professionals recognizing their peers at the commercial real estate event of the year. 

CLICK HERE FOR THE 2016 AWARD WINNERS


2016 EARTH HOUR CHALLENGE - INITIAL RESULTS

March 30, 2016

Record participation and reduction in energy use

BOMA Toronto and our partner, WWF-Canada - Living Planet @ Workwould like to thank the record number of 424 participants who took part in this year's challenge, a 70% increase on last year's Earth Hour Challenge. 

These participants contributed to a 3.2% drop in demand - the equivalent of 36,000 homes off the grid - according to results released by Toronto Hydro from their total customer base. The impact of BOMA Toronto’s Challenge on the grid can only be determined once the consumption data from all the participants are received and evaluated. A full report will be made available before this year's winners are announced.
 

ENERGY REPORTING AND BENCHMARKING REGULATION UPDATE 


February 26, 2016

Draft Regulation is Available for Public Comments

Yesterday, the Ministry of Energy (MOE) posted its large building energy and water reporting and benchmarking (EWRB) regulation proposal to the Environmental Bill of Rights (EBR) Registry. This draft regulation is based on stakeholder feedback received during consultations held from January 2015 to June 2015, and provides stakeholders with another opportunity to provide feedback.

From the genesis of this regulation, in early 2014, when it was just proposed as a potential city By-Law by City of Toronto, until early this week, when we gave an oral deposition to the Standing Committee of General Government (at Ontario Legislature), BOMA Toronto has been actively engaging with our membership (including BOMA Toronto’s Energy Committee & EWRB Task Force), MOE, City of Toronto, and other stakeholders to make sure that the concerns from within our industry are captured and adequately addressed by the policy makers.

On October 28, 2015 the government introduced amendments to the Green Energy Act, 2009. These amendments would have enabled the implementation of the MOE’s proposed large building energy and water reporting and benchmarking initiative through a subsequent regulation, which is said to help Ontario’s large building owners manage their energy and water consumption and save money on their utility bills.

The originally proposed amendments would have enabled the government to:

  • Require large building/property owners, which would be specified in a subsequent regulation, to:

-       Report their energy and water consumption, as well as other building information such as greenhouse gas emissions and square footage to the Ministry of Energy.

-       Verify reported data to ensure accuracy and fairness.

-       Develop and publish Energy Conservation and Demand Management Plans.

  • Publicly disclose reported energy and water consumption information, as well as other building characteristics.
  • Require electricity, natural gas and water utilities to make energy and water consumption data available to building owners so they are able to comply with the requirement.
  • Deem for the purposes of section 17 of the Freedom of Information and Protection of Privacy Act that information that is not made publicly available by the Ministry of Energy will be considered to have been supplied to the Ministry of Energy in confidence.

However, with sound advice from our EWRB Task Force and Energy Committee and through steady and persistent engagement with policy makers we were able get the government to reconsider its original proposal with respect to types and sizes of buildings, implementation time lines, extent of the reporting and disclosure elements, verification, special exemptions, etc.

The revised proposal will be posted in the EBR Registry for 45 days before it becomes a law. Feedback received will be considered in the development of the final regulation, pending passage of the proposed legislation. We will be making a final submission to the MOE based on further feedback from our own stakeholders.

 

Background Information

BOMA Toronto will continue to keep our members and the industry updated as new information becomes available. If you have any questions about BOMA Toronto's position on mandatory energy reporting and benchmarking, contact Director of Sustainability and Building Technologies, Bala Gnanam at bgnanam@bomatoronto.org


CITY OF TORONTO - PROPOSED NEW REVENUE TOOLS

February 11, 2016

RE: EX12.2: 2016 Capital and Operating Budgets - Request to Study Further Revenue Tools and Funding Mechanisms and the Need for Robust Stakeholder Consultation

On February 8th, BOMA Toronto was part of the CRE Industry Coalition (REALpac, BOMA Toronto, NAIOP Greater Toronto, ICSC, BILD and the Toronto Financial District BIA) that sent a letter to Mayor Tory and the Executive Committee articulating the adverse effects that new revenue tools, which may include a "parking tax" would have on Toronto's real estate environment.

As significant stakeholders in Toronto, the coalition made 3 suggestions to Mayor Tory as outlined below:

A. Toronto’s real estate industry is a key economic driver, and will be affected by a number of possible revenue tools, and therefore should be considered a primary stakeholder in this process

B. The City should engage in a thoughtful, transparent, and fair stakeholder engagement process 

C. The City should recognize that Toronto’s real estate industry is over-burdened and under-served

BOMA Toronto, as your industry representative, will continue to work with the Coalition and other key stakeholders to advocate on your behalf. 

To access the letter sent to Mayor Tory click here.

BOMA Toronto will continue to keep our members and the industry updated as new information becomes available.


ENERGY REPORTING AND BENCHMARKING REGULATION UPDATE

 
January 26, 2016

Public hearings announced for key energy bill

Bill 135, Energy Statute Law Amendment Act, 2015

The Standing Committee on General Government will meet to consider Bill 135, An Act to amend several statutes and revoke several regulations in relation to energy conservation and long-term energy planning.

The Committee intends to hold public hearings in Toronto on Monday, February 22 and Wednesday, February 24, 2016.

BOMA Toronto, as your industry representative, will be attending this hearing and will give an oral deposition emphasizing the key areas of interest to you, as featured in our ERB Policy Document

Background Information

BOMA Toronto will continue to keep our members and the industry updated as new information becomes available. If you have any questions about BOMA Toronto's position on mandatory energy reporting and benchmarking, contact Director of Sustainability and Building Technologies, Bala Gnanam at bgnanam@bomatoronto.org


EMERGENCY BULLETIN #2 - PROVINCE WIDE POWER INTERRUPTIONS

March 4, 2015

Toronto Hydro and Hydro One are continuing work to restore power to approximately 5,400 customers following yesterday’s weather event.
Crews are expected to work into the night focusing on repairs to electrical poles damaged by fire and other distribution system equipment. Damage arising from these types of equipment failures is complex and time consuming. As a result, some customers in areas hardest hit can expect to be without power until approximately midnight tonight and may want to make alternative arrangements.

Large areas within the following boundaries are without power:
• Bethridge Road to south of Belfield Road, Highway 27 to East of Kipling Avenue
• South of Dixon Road to International Boulevard, Highway 427 to Highway 27
• East and West of Jane Street, Queens Drive in the north to Lippincott Ave in the south
As crews work to restore power, please keep safety top of mind (as per Toronto Hydro Bulletin #5) :
• If you spot a downed wire, please stay back (at least 10 feet) and report it to 911 or to Toronto Hydro's operations centre at 416-542-8000.
• With additional crews and trucks on the road, be mindful of the construction sites while walking or driving today. Stay back if you see a hydro truck working on equipment in your neighbourhood.

BOMA Toronto is part of the IESO Crisis Management Support Team (CMST) and maintains close ties with HONI, Toronto Hydro and other regional LDCs. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact your LDC.

Thank you,

BOMA Toronto


EMERGENCY BULLETIN #1 - PROVINCE WIDE POWER INTERRUPTIONS

March 4, 2015

Late afternoon on March 3rd, numerous distribution and transmission related outages were experienced province-wide due to inclement weather. The GTA and many parts of Southern Ontario were hit by a winter weather event that brought on accumulation of snow, freezing rain and then rain. While the weather has now passed through the area, multiple power outages continue as crews address issues such as distribution system pole fires and intermittent Hydro One Networks Inc. (HONI) transmission supply issues. At one point there was approximately 700 MW of distribution load interrupted province-wide. Many parts of the GTA have been affected. Toronto Hydro, HONI and other local distribution companies (LDC) are working hard to restore power to their customers.

The Independent Electricity System Operator (IESO) commented that the grid is being operated to more conservative transfer limits. Until the transmission supply system stabilizes and a thorough damage assessment is made, it will be difficult to establish accurate restoration times.

According to a bulletin from Toronto Hydro, extra crews worked through the night to deal with the high number of power outages and they hope to restore power to as many customers as possible sometime this morning. However, outages requiring more extensive repair work may take until Thursday afternoon to be restored. Based on our conversation with Toronto Hydro, the potential risk of power outage in downtown Toronto is very low. However as HONI and other LDC crews continue their efforts to stabilize the grid, we ask that you make your best effort to conserve power in order to reduce the strain on the grid and minimize the chance of any further power outages. In the interest of your own safety and the safety of the crews working the lines, we also ask that you stay well clear of downed power lines.

BOMA Toronto is part of the IESO Crisis Management Support Team (CMST) and maintains close ties with HONI, Toronto Hydro and other regional LDCs. We will continue to provide updates as new information becomes available. In the meantime if you have any questions please contact your LDC or Bala Gnanam at bgnanam@bomatoronto.org.

Thank you.

BOMA Toronto


 


 



Amendments to Ontario Fire Code 

February 6, 2015 

An amendment to the Ontario Fire Code has been filed and will be coming into force under Ontario Regulation 256/14, Technical Changes to the Fire Code, a regulation made under the Fire Protection and Prevention Act, 1997 (FPPA) that amends the 2007 Fire Code (Ontario Regulation 213/07) with approximately 120 technical changes as well as other administrative and editorial changes. Details about this new regulation are also announced on the Ministry of Community Safety & Correctional Services website.

 

Click here for more information

 



NATURAL RESOURCES CANADA (NRCan) COMMERCIAL & INSTITUTIONAL (C&I) ENERGY USE SURVEY 2015

February 6, 2015

Statistics Canada will conduct an energy consumption survey on behalf of Natural Resources Canada to capture 2014 energy consumption information for commercial and institutional buildings. This survey is expected to begin sometime in February. 

 

Click here for more information

 




NEW EDITION OF ONTARIO ELECTRIC SAFETY CODE

February 6, 2015

Electrical Safety Authority (ESA) is working towards adoption of the new edition of the Ontario Electrical Safety Code (OESC) with an effective date of May 2016. As part of the stakeholder engagement process ESA is holding the second of two public consultations on amendments to the OESC from Thursday February 5 to Monday March 23 2015. 

 

Click here for more information

 


 

Designated BOMA Toronto CDM Coordinator 

April 2, 2014

A dedicated Toronto Hydro Team member is now available to assist BOMA Toronto members in identifying energy reduction opportunities, applying for saveONenergy incentive programs, developing measurement and verification strategies and overall tracking of application approvals and payments.

 

Click here for more information

 

Designated BOMA Toronto CDM Coordinator 

April 2, 2014

A dedicated Toronto Hydro Team member is now available to assist BOMA Toronto members in identifying energy reduction opportunities, applying for saveONenergy incentive programs, developing measurement and verification strategies and overall tracking of application approvals and payments.

 

Click here for more information

 


 


Designated BOMA Toronto CDM Coordinator 

April 2, 2014

A dedicated Toronto Hydro Team member is now available to assist BOMA Toronto members in identifying energy reduction opportunities, applying for saveONenergy incentive programs, developing measurement and verification strategies and overall tracking of application approvals and payments.

 

Click here for more information

 



The Parking Lot Tax

December 16, 2013

The Ontario government received the report of the Transit Investment Strategy Advisory Panel, otherwise known as the Blue Ribbon Panel.

The panel has officially rejected the idea of a parking lot tax in favour of a 0.5% corporate tax hike. This is clearly a win for our sector

 

Click here for more information

 


BOMA Toronto receives Energy Project of the Year

BOMA Toronto is the recipient of Energy Project of the Year (Canada Region) award from the Association of Energy Engineers (AEE) for its former Conservation and Demand Management (CDM) Program. The award acknowledges achievements being made in energy by identifying those who exemplify the very best in their field.

 

Click here to view the full press release


BOMA Toronto provides feedback on Ontario’s Green Button Initiative