Refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and wine chillers

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Regulatory definition

Combination refrigerator-freezer, a household combination refrigerator-freezer, that has a defrost system, including a compressor-cycled automatic defrost system and with a capacity of 1100L (39 cubic feet) or less.

Refrigerator, a household refrigerator that has a capacity of 1100L (39 cubic feet) or less and that has a defrost system including a compressor-cycled automatic defrost system. It includes a wine chiller but does not include a household refrigerator that uses an absorption refrigeration system.

Compliance date

Manufactured on or after September 15, 2014

Compliant product models

Refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and wine chillers as listed on NRCan’s searchable database

Labelling requirements

EnerGuide label required

Testing standard

CAN/CSA-C300-15

Energy efficiency regulations by province

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

Energy efficiency standard

Energy performance standard for refrigerators, refrigerator-freezers and wine chillers
Product type Maximum energy consumption limits, kWh/year
1 Refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers with semi-automatic or manual defrost 0.282 AV + 225.0
1A All refrigerators with manual defrost 0.240 AV + 193.6
2 Refrigerator-freezers with partial automatic defrost 0.282 AV + 225.0
3 Refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and top-mounted freezer without through-the-door ice service
All-refrigerators with automatic defrost
0.285 AV + 233.7
3-BI Built-in refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost with top-mounted freezers without an automatic icemaker 0.323 AV + 264.9
3I Refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with top mounted freezer with an automatic icemaker without through-the-door ice service 0.285 AV + 317.7
3I-BI Built-in refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with top-mounted freezer without an automatic icemaker 0.323 AV + 348.9
3A All-refrigerators with automatic defrost 0.250 AV + 201.6
3A-BI Built-in all-refrigerators with automatic defrost 0.283 AV + 228.5
4 Refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and side-mounted freezer without through-the-door ice service 0.301 AV + 297.8
4-BI Built-in refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with side-mounted freezers without automatic icemaker 0.361 AV + 357.4
4I Refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with side-mounted freezer with automatic icemaker without through-the-door ice service 0.301 AV + 381.8
4I-BI Built-in refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with side-mounted freezer with an automatic icemaker without through-the-door ice service 0.361 AV + 441.4
5 Refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and bottom-mounted freezer without through-the-door ice service 0.312 AV + 317.0
5A Refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and bottom-mounted freezer with through-the-door ice service 0.327 AV + 475.4
5-BI Built-in refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with bottom-mounted freezer without automatic icemaker. 0.332 AV + 336.9
5I Refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with bottom-mounted freezer with automatic icemaker without through-the-door ice service 0.312 AV + 401.0
5I-BI Built-in refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with bottom-mounted freezer with automatic icemaker without through-the-door ice service 0.332 AV + 420.9
5A-BI Built-in refrigerator-freezer—automatic defrost with bottom-mounted freezer with through-the-door ice service 0.347 AV + 499.9
6 Refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and top-mounted freezer with through-the-door ice service 0.297 AV + 385.4
7 Refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and side-mounted freezer with through-the-door ice service 0.302 AV + 432.8
7-BI Built-in refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with side-mounted freezer with through-the-door ice service 0.362 AV + 502.6
11 Compact refrigerators and refrigerator-freezers with semi-automatic or manual defrost 0.319 AV + 252.3
11A Compact all-refrigerators with manual defrost 0.277 AV + 219.1
12 Compact refrigerator-freezers with partial automatic defrost 0.209 AV + 335.8
13 Compact refrigerator freezers with automatic defrost and top-mounted freezer
Compact all-refrigerators with automatic defrost
0.417 AV + 339.2
13I Compact refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with top-mounted freezer with automatic icemaker 0.417 AV + 423.2
13A Compact all-refrigerators with automatic defrost 0.324 AV + 259.3
14 Compact refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and side-mounted freezer 0.241 AV + 456.9
14I Compact refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with side-mounted freezer with automatic icemaker. 0.241 AV + 540.9
15 Compact refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and bottom-mounted freezer 0.417 AV + 339.2
15I Compact refrigerator-freezers with automatic defrost and with bottom-mounted freezer with automatic icemaker 0.417 AV + 423.2
19 Wine chillers with manual defrost 0.48 AV + 267
20 Wine chillers with automatic defrost 0.61 AV + 344
AV is the adjusted volume in litres
Calculated energy consumption limits shall be rounded to nearest kWh
kWh/year = kilowatt-hours per year

Energy efficiency report requirements

  • name of product
  • brand name
  • model number
  • manufacturer
  • the name of the certification body or province whose verification mark will be on the product or its package
  • type
  • fresh food compartment volume
  • freezer compartment volume, if any
  • total refrigerated volume
  • adjusted volume
  • annual energy consumption in kWh

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.