Forward Regulatory Plan 2018-2020

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 and commercial 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 2018 and 2020, Natural Resources Canada intends to propose a series of amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations, with the approximate timing as follows:

  1. Amendment 14: early 2019 (final publication)
  2. Amendment 15: 2018 (public comment period)
  3. Amendment 16: 2018 (public comment period)
  4. Amendment 17: beginning in early 2019 (pre-consultation)

The dates for final publication will depend on the number and nature of comments received during the public comment period, but are typically within a year of the initial public comment period.

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

Amendment 14

The following 17 product categories are proposed in Amendment 14. The intent is to align with requirements in force or soon to be in force in the U.S., subject to an analysis of Canadian market conditions. Up-to-date information is available on the Amendment 14 page.

Additional changes proposed:

  • for gas-fired and oil-fired water heaters, modify the test procedure to align with the new U.S. uniform energy factor test procedure.

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 are being considered for inclusion 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, NRCan 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 are being considered 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 following product 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.



Indication of business impacts:

For each proposed amendment, there may be business impacts.  The “One-for One” Rule and/or the small business lens may apply.

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.