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Forward Regulatory Plan 2019-2021

Regulatory Initiative: Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations

Title or working title of the regulatory initiative: 

Amendments to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations

Description of the objective:

The Government of Canada is committed to improving energy efficiency standards for consumer, commercial and industrial products, reducing regulatory burden through alignment with the United States (U.S.), and collaborating with North American partners, provinces and territories to take action on climate change. Improving energy efficiency standards and decreasing regulatory burden provides both economic and environmental benefits to Canada.

Implemented in 1995 under the Energy Efficiency Act, the Energy Efficiency Regulations (the Regulations) are amended to prescribe new or updated minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for energy-using products used in the residential, commercial and industrial sectors, and to update testing methodologies or labelling requirements. They are typically aligned with standards in other jurisdictions, like the U.S., unless there are unique Canadian circumstances.

Between 2019 and 2021, Natural Resources Canada intends to move forward with a series of amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations, with the approximate timing as follows:

  1. Amendment 15 (Updated):
  2. Amendment 16 (Updated):
  3. Amendment 17 (Updated):
    • Pre-consultation in 2019

Products described in these updates and the timing of publication are subject to decision-making authorities under the Energy Efficiency Act.

Amendment 15

On March 4, 2017 a notice of intent was published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1 initiating development of Amendment 15 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations. This original proposal has now been split into two amendments, renumbered to Amendments 15 and 16. The scope of the original proposal remains the same.   

The following 12 product categories have been proposed in Amendment 15. The intent is to align 6 of the 12 product categories with energy efficiency standards in force or expected to be in force in the U.S., subject to an analysis of Canadian market conditions. For the remaining 6 product categories, Natural Resources Canada is proposing standards that are unique to Canada (highlighted with an “*” in the table below).  Up-to-date information is available on the Amendment 15 page.

Amendment 16

The following 9 product categories have been proposed for inclusion in Amendment 16. The intent is to align all product categories with energy efficiency standards in force in the U.S., subject to an analysis of Canadian market conditions. Up-to-date information is available on the Amendment 16 page.

Future Amendments

The followingproduct categories are being considered for future amendments to the Regulations and will be prioritized to support government climate change objectives and commitments to harmonization of standards within Canada and North America. Stakeholders will be formally notified which of these products will be included in Amendment 17 before consultations begin. Additional products may be added in discussion with stakeholders, provinces and territories.



Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses:

For each proposed amendment, there may be business impacts on manufacturers, importers and distributors of these products as the amendments will prevent the importation into Canada or shipping across provinces of regulated products that do not meet prescribed efficiency levels. The “One-for One” Rule and/or the small business lens may apply. Canadian consumers (businesses and households) are expected to save money by purchasing more efficient products

Regulatory cooperation efforts:

The proposed amendments are consistent with ongoing regulatory cooperation efforts and are being developed in line with regulatory cooperation work plans under the Canada–United States Regulatory Cooperation Council and the Canadian Free Trade Agreement. The amendments seeks to foster alignment of federal regulations where feasible and appropriate and to collaborate with provinces and territories to achieve greater harmonization on energy efficiency standards.  

Public consultation opportunities:

General consultation practices are undertaken as follows:

  • National Standards System – relevant Canadian Standards Association Steering Committees, Technical Committees and Technical Subcommittees assembled from stakeholders (including manufacturers, industry associations and other interested groups) provide input, review and vote on changes to test standards.
  • Bulletins – distribution is targeted to key industry stakeholders, federal and provincial stakeholders, and general interest groups.
  • Workshops/webinars – stakeholders are invited to discuss proposed regulatory requirements, review comments and offer additional input as required, especially where there are significant issues raised that are best addressed multilaterally. In some cases, bilateral discussions are also held with stakeholders.

Departmental contact:

Jamie Hulan
Director, Equipment Division
Office of Energy Efficiency, Energy Sector
1 Observatory Crescent, Bldg #3, 2nd Floor
Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E4

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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