Coming-into-force of Amendment 14 – November 2016

Technical bulletin on coming-into-force delay

On April 30, 2016, Natural Resources Canada's (NRCan) Office of Energy Efficiency issued a Notice of Intent to develop Amendment 14 to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations, which would align standards for 17 product categories with those of the United States (U.S.). In summer 2016, the technical bulletins for Amendment 14 products indicated that there would be a 6-month coming-into-force delay from final publication in Canada Gazette, Part II. This technical bulletin is being released to initiate a public consultation process on whether manufacturers need a 6-month coming-into-force delay in Canada from the date of final publication of Amendment 14 in the Canada Gazette, Part II for the 17 product categories below.

Input received during this stage of the process will inform the development of the Amendment 14 proposal.  The Government of Canada intends to pre-publish this regulatory proposal in the Canada Gazette, Part I in spring 2017.

Background

Normally, international trade rules require a 6-month coming-into-force delay after the date of final publication of technical regulations so that foreign manufacturers can adapt their products or methods of production to new regulatory requirements in importing countries. However, in certain circumstances, this delay can be shortened or eliminated when less than six months is sufficient for manufacturers to adapt.

In order to implement Canada’s March 2016 Joint-Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership to better align and further improve energy efficiency standards with the U.S. by 2020 and the August 2014 Canada-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Council Joint Forward Plan, Canada is exploring ways to streamline its regulatory process to align more quickly with the United States. As a result, NRCan is considering eliminating the 6-month delay for Amendment 14 products.

Comments invited

The table below provides the Amendment 14 products with corresponding dates for U.S. rules.

Because Amendment 14 proposes to align requirements with the United States, which has already provided more than 6 months for manufacturers to adapt for all 17 products below, NRCan is seeking views on whether:

  1. product categories, that must already comply with rules in the U.S., should be required to comply in Canada immediately upon final publication in Canada Gazette, Part II; and
  2. product categories, with U.S. compliance dates after the expected coming into-force date in Canada, should have the same compliance date as in the U.S.

Final publication of Amendment 14 in Canada Gazette, Part II is expected within one year of pre-publication in Canada Gazette, Part I.

U.S. dates for Amendment 14 products

Product categories that must already comply (or will very soon be required to comply) with rules in the U.S. that would be required to comply in Canada immediately upon final publication in Canada Gazette, Part II
Amendment 14 product U.S. rule effective date U.S. rule compliance date
Oil furnaces October 2011 May 2013
Fluorescent lamp ballasts November 2011 November 2014
Small electric motors March 2010 March 2015
Dry-type transformers April 2013 January 2016
External power supplies February 2014 February 2016
Microwave ovens June 2013 June 2016
Packaged terminal air conditioners and heat pumps July 2015 January 2017
Metal halide lamp ballasts February 2014 February 2017
Commercial refrigeration (self-contained) March 2014 March 2017
Commercial refrigeration (remote) March 2014 March 2017
Walk-in coolers/freezers June 2014 June 2017
Product categories with U.S. compliance dates after the expected coming into-force date in Canada that would have the same compliance date as in the U.S.
Amendment 14 product U.S. rule effective date U.S. rule compliance date
Large air conditioners and heat pumps January 2016 January 2018
Battery Chargers June 2016 June 2018
Dehumidifiers June 2016 June 2019
Gas furnaces July 2014 July 2019
Pre-rinse spray valves January 2016 January 2019
Ceiling fans (lighting and light kits) January 2016 January 2019

We welcome your comments by December 23, 2016. All correspondence should be forwarded to:

Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street
Ottawa, ON, K1A 0E4
E-mail: nrcan.equipment.rncan@canada.ca