Quebec bans oil heating in new homes starting Dec. 31

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As of Dec. 31, oil-powered heating is banned in all new construction projects across Quebec, part of the province’s push to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

In two years, Quebec will go a step further by making it illegal to replace existing oil furnaces with any sort of heating system powered by fossil fuels after Dec. 31, 2023,

The new rules were laid out in a ministerial decree on oil and gas heating passed in late November.

Cendrix Bouchard, a spokesperson for Hydro-Québec, says it’s a step in the right direction and says the utility has the resources to meet increased demand.

“We will supply the new residential customers and businesses with the electricity they need in order to meet their needs.”

The new decree also bans the repair of heating systems running on fuel that are more than 20-years-old and oil-powered water heaters that are more than 10-years-old.

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