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Home environment Protection (HEP) is the government’s approach to protecting people’s homes from air pollution.
HEP was introduced in the 1990s, and since then has evolved into a multi-pronged approach to dealing with air pollution and building resilience.
But there are two key challenges facing the government: it needs to develop new and improved technology to combat air pollution, and it needs the right mix of people to deliver it.
As part of the Home Environment Protection program, the Government of Canada has committed $6.5 billion to improving the effectiveness of the existing HEP programs across the country.
However, to make the HEP program a success, the government must find the right people to support it.
It’s also a challenge to build the right infrastructure.
Home Environment Protectors (HEEP) are those individuals and organisations who are committed to protecting their homes from the dangers of air pollution – in the same way that firefighters and police officers are dedicated to protecting the lives and property of the communities in which they work.
The challenge to ensure that the right set of people can be brought together to support the HEEP program is not only a technical challenge but also a human one.
What are the challenges?
The government needs to identify the right workforce and people to run the HEMP program.
Currently, there are over 100,000 home environment protection professionals in Canada, but they only account for a tiny fraction of the total HEP workforce.
The HEP has grown significantly over the past few years, and this growth is due in part to an increased focus on building resilience in the community.
The majority of HEP members work in the residential sectors, with a relatively small percentage working in non-residential sectors.
For example, a study by the Canadian Institute for Occupational Safety and Health found that nearly three-quarters of home environment protectors in Ontario work in nonresidential occupations, compared to less than half of the workforce of the Crown corporation that oversees the HESA.
As a result, HEPs are in a difficult position when it comes to training, hiring and retaining the people they need.
The government’s challenge is to develop a new set of HEEPs with the right combination of individuals to make it successful.
To do this, the federal government needs the support of HEMP members in their community.
For the first time in history, the province has partnered with the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry (ONRF) to develop an online training program for home environment protectsors.
The program has already had over 1,000 enrollees, with the goal of training over 1 million people by 2020.
This will be a significant boost to the HWEP program as well as the other HEP components, including home safety and air quality programs, building codes, fire protection, and building codes enforcement.
The new training will also provide HEEP members with a deeper understanding of the HUE program and the role of the home environment in preventing and mitigating air pollution risk.
What does this training program entail?
Home environment protecters will learn how to: Understand air pollution risks and respond to them.