MOPIA is accomplishing the program, tasks and objectives:
- To ensure Manitobans have access to ozone depleting substances and other halocarbons certification training and that this training meets the recognized standards.
- To provide members with the vehicle to participate and the information necessary to partner them on the leading edge of information.
- To liaise with the federal government and other provincial governments to ensure a consistent and complementary national approach to regulatory controls for ozone depleting substances.
- To assist those with a direct interest in the Manitoba program to minimize the release and reduce the use of ozone depleting substances.
- MOPIA is committed to providing all those with a direct interest in the ODS regulation with the necessary information required in complying with the legislation. This includes information on the impact of ozone depleting substances.
- To develop a comprehensive information management system for the government.
The Manitoba Ozone Protection Association has achieved overwhelming success both in the public’s eye and that of industry and governments across Canada. Surely in part, this has been due to the millions of dollars that were spent and invested by Manitoba industry to provide employee training and new equipment installations. This, in an effort to ensure compliance with the requirements of the Manitoba regulation. A good indication of the success of the program is the decrease that has been noted by wholesalers and suppliers in the purchase of virgin ODS’s.
Each of the prime objectives training & education, outreach, membership and liaison activities together with the activities related to the development and implementation have been highlighted in this report and can be detailed in further by contacting Mark Miller at MOPIA.
The success of the implementation of the MOPIA Ozone Protection Program can be measured, in part, by the following:
Over 5,300 people were re-certified in 1998. This is an increase of the 1994 total of 4,218. This total is approximately 1,500 more than had been anticipated when the program was initially created in 1993.
- Manitoba has gained international recognition as a leader in ozone depleting substances legislation and stakeholder support. Several jurisdictions are looking to MOPIA and have closely adopted and/or are considering elements of our innovative program.
- MOPIA has gained the trust and respect of industry, despite the initial resentment felt by some sectors with respect to the regulation fee imposition. MOPIA is composed of many representatives from the various active associations. The coalition is in a mind set of working together to practically implement all elements of the ODS Regulation.
- Since the establishment of MOPIA in 1993, over 5,500 technicians and business owners have been informed on the goals and objectives of Manitoba’s legislation, proper recovery techniques for CFCs and HCFCs, and the health and environmental effects associated with stratospheric ozone depletion. These have been through direct mailings.
- Newspaper and magazine articles have reached thousands of people. This information that has been relayed through these means provides current information on ozone depleting substances, related government policies, health and environmental effects associated with ozone depletion, and general information. MOPIA continues to make itself available to all forms of media.
- Manitoba Environment staff, such as Environment Officers (EO’s), have been provided with current information on the health and environmental effects of ozone depletion, overview of recovery techniques, as well as their enforcement responsibilities. During inspections, EO’s transmit information to industry stakeholders.
- Inter-provincial linkages are essential to ensure that the National Action Plan and Manitoba’s objectives are being addressed. Manitoba is seen as the leader across Canada in mandatory certification and has shared information and perspectives with other provinces.
- Maintaining a liaison with other provinces was particularly important during this time. Continued dialogue with the other provinces and federal government is critical to the successful provincial harmonization of legislation and ensuring that a level playing field exists in Canada.