Regulations and Standards

Promoting energy-efficient products in Canada

Energy-efficient products create savings for Canadian consumers and businesses year after year by reducing energy costs over the life of the product. Regulations and standards are designed to keep inefficient products out of the Canadian market.

Canada's Energy Efficiency Act (1992) provides for the making and enforcement of regulations concerning minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for energy-using products. It also provides for the labelling of such products. The first Energy Efficiency Regulations came into effect in 1995; they are amended periodically to be current with the market.

What's new?

NRCan has published a Regulatory Partnership Statement and Annual Work Plan with the U.S. Department of Energy as part of a commitment to better align Canadian and U.S. energy efficiency standards. See details.

Canada-United States Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC)

The RCC was established by Prime Minister Stephen Harper and President Barack Obama in 2011 to increase regulatory coordination between Canada and the United States with the aim of reducing costs for businesses and consumers in both countries. The RCC, which covers 24 initiatives in its 2014 Joint Forward Plan, is one of four priorities in Canada’s Economic Action Plan. NRCan’s RCC initiatives include:

  • Regulatory cooperation on energy efficiency standards
  • Regulatory cooperation on natural gas use in transportation
  • Regulatory cooperation on the classification of explosives

Further mechanisms being considered in NRCan’s RCC work include: powers to streamline NRCan’s ability to regulate; better use of incorporation by reference to maintain alignment; identifying efficiencies in the current national standards making process; greater collaboration with the U.S. in standards development (to reference jointly made standards) and compliance operations. This work may affect the form of future regulatory amendments.

Forward Regulatory Plan 2015-17

Regulatory Process