Commercial refrigeration (self-contained)

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Regulatory definition

Commercial refrigerator, a self-contained refrigerator that uses or is designed to be used with a vapour-compression refrigeration system and whose compartments are all designed for the display or storage of food, beverages or flowers at temperatures at or above 0°C. It does not include a household refrigerator, refrigerated buffet table, refrigerated preparation table or walk-in commercial refrigerator.

Commercial refrigerator-freezer, a self-contained refrigerator-freezer that uses or is designed to be used with a vapour-compression refrigeration system and that has two or more compartments, at least one of which is designed for the display or storage of food and beverages at temperatures at or above 0°C and at least one of which is designed for the freezing and display or storage of food and beverages at temperatures below 0°C. It does not include a household refrigerator-freezer or walk-in commercial refrigerator-freezer.

Commercial freezer, a self-contained freezer, other than a household freezer or walk-in commercial freezer, that uses or is designed to be used with a vapour-compression refrigeration system and whose compartments are all designed for the freezing and display or storage of food, beverages or ice.

Compliance date

Manufactured on or after January 1, 2010 for commercial refrigerators that are closed, commercial refrigerator-freezers that are closed and not transparent and commercial freezers that are closed

Manufactured on or after January 1, 2012 for commercial Refrigerators that are open, commercial refrigerator-freezers that are open or transparent and commercial freezers that are open

Compliant product models

Commercial refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and freezers as listed on NRCan’s searchable database.

Testing standard

CSA C657-2015

Energy efficiency regulations by province

Some provinces have their own energy efficiency regulations for many of the federally regulated products – find out which ones!

Energy efficiency standard

Energy performance standard for commercial refrigeration (self-contained)
Product type   Edaily
Commercial refrigerators Not transparent ≤ 0.00353  V + 2.04
Transparent ≤ 0.00424  V + 3.34
Transparent with pull-down temperature reduction capability ≤ 0.00445  V + 3.51
Open CSA C657, Table 5
Commercial refrigerator-freezers Not transparent ≤ the greater of (0.00953 AV – 0.71) and 0.70
Open or transparent CSA C657, Table 5
Commercial freezers Not transparent ≤ 0.01413  V + 1.38
Transparent ≤ 0.02649  V + 4.10
Open CSA C657, Table 5
Edaily - daily energy consumption in kilowatt-hours (kWh)
AV - adjusted volume in litres
V – volume in litres

Energy efficiency report requirements

  • name of product
  • brand name
  • model number
  • manufacturer
  • name of the certification body or province whose verification mark will be on the product or its package
  • Edaily
  • for each of its compartments:
    • its equipment class designation and its TDA (total display area), V or AV, as applicable
    • if it is tested at its lowest temperature  setting, the integrated average temperature, expressed in degrees Celsius, at the lowest temperature setting

Download the energy efficiency reporting template.

This document does not constitute part of the Energy Efficiency Act (Act) or its associated regulations.  This document is an administrative document that is intended to facilitate compliance by the regulated party with the Act and its associated regulations.  This document is not intended to provide legal advice regarding the interpretation of the Act or its associated regulations. If a regulated party has questions about their legal obligations or responsibilities under the Act or its associated regulations, they should seek the advice of legal counsel.