Introduction to the Regulations

Guide to the Energy Efficiency Regulations

Regulated products

The Energy Efficiency Regulations apply to the following types of energy-using products:

  • automatic ice-makers
  • chillers
  • ceiling fans and ceiling fan light kits
  • clothes dryers
  • clothes washers (residential and commercial)
  • compact audio products
  • compact fluorescent lamps – CFLs
  • dehumidifiers
  • digital television adapters
  • dishwashers
  • dry-type transformers
  • electric boilers
  • electric motors, 1 to 500 HP (0.746 to 375 kW)
  • electric ranges
  • electric water heaters
  • exit signs
  • external power supplies
  • fluorescent lamp ballasts
  • freezers
  • gas boilers
  • gas fireplaces
  • gas furnaces
  • gas ranges
  • gas unit heaters – commercial
  • gas water heaters
  • general service fluorescent lamps
  • general service incandescent reflector lamps
  • general service lamps and modified spectrum incandescent lamps
  • ground- or water-source heat pumps
  • integrated over/under washer-dryers
  • internal water-loop heat pumps
  • large air conditioners, heat pumps and condensing units
  • oil-fired boilers
  • oil-fired furnaces
  • oil-fired water heaters
  • packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps
  • refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and wine chillers,
  • refrigerated beverage vending machines
  • room air conditioners
  • self-contained commercial freezers
  • self-contained commercial refrigerator-freezers
  • self-contained commercial refrigerators
  • single package vertical air conditioners and heat pumps
  • single-package central air conditioners and heat pumps: single- and three-phase
  • split-system central air conditioners and heat pumps: single- and three-phase
  • snack and refrigerated beverage and vending machines
  • televisions
  • traffic and pedestrian signal modules
  • torchiere lamps
  • video products

All of these energy-using products must meet federal energy efficiency standards in order to be imported into Canada or manufactured in Canada and shipped from one province to another. The Regulations continue to apply to these products if they are incorporated into a larger unit or machine, even when that unit or machine is an unregulated product.

Who is affected by the Regulations?

The Energy Efficiency Regulations apply to dealers who

  • import regulated energy-using products into Canada for sale or lease or
  • ship regulated energy-using products that are manufactured in one Canadian province to another for sale or lease

A dealer is defined in the Energy Efficiency Act as a person engaged in the business of

  1. manufacturing energy-using products in Canada
  2. importing energy-using products into Canada or
  3. selling or leasing energy-using products obtained directly or indirectly from a person engaged in a business described in a) or b) or an agent thereof

Responsibilities of dealers

Dealers are responsible for ensuring that each model of a regulated product they import into Canada for sale or lease, or ship from the province of manufacture to another province (inter-provincial shipment), meets the energy efficiency standard set out in the Regulations. Depending on the product, dealers may also be responsible for ensuring that an EnerGuide label is affixed to each unit. As well, all energy-using products must carry an energy efficiency verification mark.

Section 5 of the Act requires that a dealer importing any of the regulated energy-using products or transporting them between provinces submit an energy efficiency report to Natural Resources Canada, unless a report has already been submitted for that model of product. Furthermore, the Regulations require that the energy efficiency report be submitted before the product is imported into Canada or shipped between provinces. The report must include all of the information set out in Schedule IV of the Regulations.

A summary of Schedule IV requirements are listed for each type of energy-using product in Part Two of this guide. If the product is imported, additional import information, as outlined in Part VI of the Regulations and summarized under Reporting requirements must be included in a customs release document at the time of importation.

In summary, the dealer must

  • ensure the product meets the energy efficiency standard specified in the Regulations
  • ensure an energy efficiency report has been filed with NRCan
  • provide the necessary import information to Canada Border Services Agency, when importing products
  • ensure the product bears an energy efficiency verification mark
  • ensure an EnerGuide label or lighting product label is affixed to the product (if prescribed by the Regulations)

Energy efficiency standards

The prescribed energy efficiency standard for each regulated product is listed in Schedule I of the regulations and in the tables in Part Two of this guide. Part Two also lists the following:

  • the definition of each product covered by the Regulations
  • the standard that must be used to test the product's energy efficiency to ensure that it complies with the minimum requirements of the Regulations
  • the date by which the product must meet the prescribed energy efficiency standard (compliance date)
  • the information that must be reported in the energy efficiency report
  • information on whether or not an EnerGuide label is required and the availability of an EnerGuide directory or Web list of models

Reporting requirements

The Energy Efficiency Regulations require that dealers comply with the following two reporting requirements:

  1. Before shipping an energy-using product interprovincially or importing it, the dealer must ensure that an energy efficiency report has been filed with NRCan.
  2. When importing an energy-using product into Canada, the dealer must include the information required in Part VI of the Energy Efficiency Regulations in a customs release document.

An energy efficiency report must be submitted only when a product model is not already listed in the NRCan database.

The energy efficiency report

What is an energy efficiency report?

Section 5 of the Act requires that an energy efficiency report be sent to NRCan before an energy-using product is imported into Canada or shipped between provinces. The report describes the energy-using product and provides information on its energy efficiency.

The energy efficiency report should include the following data:

  • product type
  • brand name
  • model number*
  • manufacturer
  • name of the organization or province that carried out the product energy performance verification and authorized the verification mark that will be put on the product
  • specific information about the energy efficiency and energy-use characteristics of the product. Schedule IV of the Energy Efficiency Regulations sets out the exact information that must be provided for each type of product.

*To better match business practices, for electric motors please provide the model number instead of the unique motor identifier (UMI).

Look for the product type in column I of Schedule IV, the relevant standard in column II and the type of information to include in the Section 5 report in column III.

When does a dealer have to make a report?

A dealer must file an energy efficiency report with NRCan only when a product model is not already listed in NRCan's database. Dealers can check with NRCan to find out if an energy-using product is already listed with NRCan.

Products that are included in NRCan's Web list of compliant models can be imported into Canada and shipped between provinces, provided no changes have been made to the product that affect its energy efficiency. If a product is not yet listed with NRCan, the dealer must submit a report for the product before importing it or shipping it between provinces.

How should a dealer send a report to NRCan?

The energy efficiency reporting forms are available electronically (Excel spreadsheet) and can be submitted to NRCan via e-mail. Reports may also be submitted in hard copy by post or fax or on diskette by post. Check the Energy Efficiency Regulations Web site at oee.nrcan.gc.ca/regulations to contact NRCan.

What does NRCan do with an energy efficiency report?

NRCan checks the information in an energy efficiency report to make sure that the product meets the prescribed energy efficiency standard. If it does, the product model is added to NRCan's Web list of models.

If a product does not meet the prescribed energy efficiency level, NRCan will contact the dealer to correct the situation before the first importation or shipment of the product. NRCan will also request information from dealers who do not file the required energy efficiency reports, or who file incomplete reports.

Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) regularly sends information about importations of regulated products to NRCan. This information is cross-matched with information in the database to determine compliance with the Regulations.

NRCan can instruct customs officials to stop the importation of a product that does not meet the prescribed energy efficiency standard.

Import reporting

A dealer who imports a regulated energy-using product into Canada must, at the time of release, include specific information regarding the product, as well as the purpose of its importation on the customs release document (e.g., customs or commercial invoice, bill of sale, price list).

What information must be on the customs release document?

A dealer who is importing a regulated energy-using product into Canada must include the following information on the customs release document:

  • name of product (see the list of energy-using products)
  • model number*
  • brand name, if any
  • address of the dealer who is importing the product
  • the purpose for which the product is being imported
    • for sale or lease in Canada without modification
    • for sale or lease in Canada after being modified to comply with the prescribed energy efficiency standard or
    • for use as a component in a product being exported from Canada

*For electric motors, the importer is encouraged to provide the model number instead of an UMI.

The customs release document must be submitted electronically to Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA). Dealers must always include the required information on the customs release document, regardless of when the product was manufactured.

Note: Incomplete documents

If the customs release document is not complete or if the product does not meet energy efficiency standards, the customs officer may refuse to allow the product to clear customs.

Energy efficiency verification mark

Regulated energy-using products imported into Canada or shipped between provinces must bear an energy efficiency verification mark from a certification body accredited for energy efficiency verification by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC).

Note: Exemption for CFLs and general service lamps as per Lighting product labelling bulletin

What is an energy efficiency verification mark?

An energy efficiency verification mark indicates that the energy performance of the product has been verified. It is not a safety certification mark.

The certification body must be accredited for energy efficiency verification by the SCC. Under some provincial laws, a province can issue a provincial label that indicates that the product meets the provincial energy efficiency levels. NRCan accepts provincial labels as verification marks if the provincial energy efficiency standards are equivalent to, or exceed, the federal standards.

Where does the verification mark go?

The verification mark must be affixed to a surface of the product in such a way that it is readily visible. In the case of prescribed lamps, the verification mark can be affixed to the exterior of the product's package.

When does an energy efficiency verification mark go on a product?

The energy efficiency verification mark can be placed on a product as soon as the product has met the terms of the applicable energy-performance verification program. At the latest, the dealer must ensure that the verification mark is on the product before the product leaves the dealer's possession or, if the product has been passed on to a consignee, before it leaves the consignee's possession.

What certification bodies are accredited for energy efficiency verification?

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) has accredited these certification bodies for electrical and electronic products, fuel-burning equipment or gas-fired appliances and equipment:

You may also consult the SCC's Web site at www.scc.ca, for any modifications to the list above and to learn more about the certification bodies that are accredited.

The Standards Council of Canada 270 Albert Street, #200
Ottawa ON K1P 6N7
Tel.: 613-238-3222
Fax: 613-569-7808
Web site: www.scc.ca

Labelling requirements

The Act and Regulations require dealers to attach an EnerGuide label to the following energy-using products:

  • clothes dryers
  • clothes washers
  • integrated over/under washer-dryers
  • dishwashers
  • electric ranges
  • freezers
  • refrigerators and combination refrigerator-freezers
  • room air conditioners

And a lighting product label for:

  • general service incandescent reflector lamps: PAR, R, ER, BR and BPAR lamps
  • CFLs
  • general service lamps (common light bulbs) and modified spectrum incandescent lamps

Who must label and when?

A dealer who imports one of these products or ships it from one Canadian province to another must ensure the product is properly labelled before it leaves the possession of the dealer or the dealer's consignee. Many dealers find it cost-effective to label the appliance as part of the production line process at the manufacturing level. The label must remain on the product until it is sold or leased at the retail level.

Purpose of the EnerGuide label

The EnerGuide label indicates the estimated annual energy consumption of the household appliance in kilowatt hours (kWh). Room air conditioner labels indicate the energy efficiency ratio (EER) of the particular model. This information allows consumers to compare products and to make choices that will save them both money and energy, and thus encourage the sale and availability of energy efficient products.

For labelling details:

Exemptions

Under certain circumstances, a dealer importing or shipping energy-using products between provinces can be exempted from submitting an energy efficiency report to NRCan and the product can be exempted from meeting the prescribed energy efficiency standard. Exemptions apply if

  1. A dealer is importing or shipping between provinces an energy-using product that will be modified to meet the energy efficiency standard. In this case, the dealer has 90 days to ensure that the product is modified and meets the energy efficiency standard. Within 120 days after the product was imported or shipped, the dealer must submit an energy efficiency report to NRCan.
  2. A dealer is importing or shipping between provinces an energy-using product that will be incorporated into another product and then exported from Canada.
  3. A dealer is importing or shipping between provinces an energy-using product, only to export it from Canada.