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October 4, 2013

Ottawa — The Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, today announced a proposed amendment to Canada’s energy efficiency standards for light bulbs to provide greater choice for consumers and align with standards in the United States.

“Our government is taking meaningful action to allow greater choice for Canadian consumers,” said the Honourable Joe Oliver, Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources. “By aligning energy efficiency standards for light bulbs with the U.S., we are lowering costs and reducing the burden for Canadian businesses while providing consumers with the choice they need.”

Following an announcement to increase performance standards for lighting in 2007, the Government consulted with Canadians and made a decision in 2011 to allow consumers and industry more time to prepare for new lighting standards. The amendment proposed today allows for greater choice for consumers by including an additional incandescent halogen lighting option that operates in the same way as traditional incandescent light bulbs while saving energy.

This change will reduce the administrative burden and costs associated with distribution and increase the competitiveness of Canadian companies, as they will not need to differentiate between American and Canadian markets. The change also aligns with Canada’s commitment to regulatory cooperation with the United States set out in the Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Action Plan announced by Prime Minister Harper and President Obama in December 2011.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has enhanced environmental stewardship through significant investments in green infrastructure, energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and the production of cleaner energy and cleaner fuels.

The proposed amendment for Canada’s light bulb standards will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, on October 5. The Canada Gazette is the official newspaper of the Government of Canada and is available online and in most public libraries.

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  1. Lighting Regulations