Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations

Regulatory Process

Canada's Energy Efficiency Act provides for the making and enforcement of regulations concerning minimum energy performance levels for energy-using products, as well as the labelling of energy-using products and the collection of data on energy use.

The Energy Efficiency Regulations establish energy efficiency standards for a wide range of energy-using products, with the objective of eliminating the least energy-efficient products from the Canadian market. They apply to regulated energy-using products imported into Canada or manufactured in Canada and shipped from one province to another. Changes to the EnerGuide label are also made through amendments to the Regulations.

As part of the regulatory process, Natural Resources Canada's Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) consults stakeholders by making public its intentions and providing access to draft proposals. Proposed amendments and important related information are available through this Web site in the form of bulletins and information is also provided as to how to submit comments.

Once approved, the draft proposal is pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1, and an official notice is posted on the Web site. This allows for public scrutiny during the official 75-day comment period. The proposal is then updated if necessary and proceeds to the final approval and publication in Part II of the Canada Gazette. Another notice is posted on the Web site. All public notices relating to pre-publication and publication of the Regulations can be found under Regulation Announcements.

A summary of the current Regulations is available on Guide to Regulations.