Forward Regulatory Plan 2017-19

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 standards 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 the U.S. unless there are unique Canadian circumstances.

Between 2017 and 2019, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) intends to propose a series of amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations, with the approximate timing as follows:

  1. Amendment 14: Fall 2017 (pre-publication)
  2. Amendment 15: Fall 2018 (pre-publication)
  3. Amendment 16: Winter 2019 (pre-consultation)

The dates for final publication will depend on the number and nature of comments received during the 75-day comment period after pre-publication.

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 being considered for inclusion 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.

Additional changes under consideration:

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

Amendment 15

The following 17 product categories are being considered for inclusion in Amendment 15. The intent is to align 11 of the 17 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 six product categories, NRCan will undertake an analysis of the environmental and economic impacts of moving to more stringent standards.

Products where NRCan will consider more stringent standards than the U.S. are highlighted with an “*” in the table below.

Additional changes under consideration:

  • introduce reporting and verification requirements for heat recovery ventilators and portable air conditioners
  • align the scope of furnace fans with the U.S., by adding the minimum energy performance requirements to electrical furnaces
  • align off-mode power consumption requirements for residential air conditioners and heat pumps with the U.S.

Amendment 16

The following 15 product categories are being considered for inclusion in Amendment 16, subject to consultations with stakeholders. Additional products may be added in discussion with provinces and territories under the Energy and Mines Ministers Conference, to support domestic climate change objectives.

Additional changes under consideration:

  • update lighting labelling requirements for general service lamps

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:

Debbie Scharf
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.