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 – Pre-publication of the Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2016
Published April 30, 2016 in the Canada Gazette, Part I
Your comments are invited during the 75 day comment period, i.e. by Thursday, July 14, 2016.

Amendment 14 – Stakeholder consultation prior to pre-publication
May 2016 stakeholder technical bulletins following-up on
Notice of Intent published April 30, 2016 in the Canada Gazette, Part I

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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:

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 2016-18

Regulatory Process