Montreal, QB — The City of Montreal plans to ban the installation of gas-powered appliances. This is part of the City’s goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 50 per cent.
The bylaws will apply to appliances such as water and heating systems, stoves and BBQs connected to a gas network, indoor gas fireplaces, and water heaters for swimming pools and spas.
The first by-law regulation will take effect on Oct. 1, 2024, and will apply to buildings of three storeys or less and smaller than 600 sq. m. The second regulation will begin on April 1, 2025, and will apply to larger buildings.
The by-laws will exempt certain gas appliances, such as temporary heating devices used during construction work, emergency generators, and commercial stoves in restaurants.
“At a time when Montréal’s energy needs are growing and the City must adapt its infrastructure to climate change, the executivecCommittee’s response to the Commission and the Regulation respecting GHG emissions from new buildings represent significant advances in our community’s ecological transition,” said Valerie Plante, mayor of Montreal.
Montreal’s announcement comes as part of its 2020-2030 Climate Plan and its Roadmap towards zero-emission buildings by 2040.