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 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?

Amendment 13 – publication in Canada Gazette Part II, December 28, 2016
Amendment 14 – Stakeholder consultation prior to pre-publication
Encouraging Market Transformation Through Collaboration on Energy Efficiency Standards
A Federal-Provincial-Territorial Framework and Action Plan
Published August 23, 2016 – Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference, Winnipeg, Manitoba

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 covers 24 initiatives in its 2014 Joint Forward Plan. NRCan’s RCC initiatives include:

Forward Regulatory Plan 2016-18

Regulatory Process