Motors (1 to 500 HP/0.746 to 375 kW)

Energy Efficiency Regulations


Amendment 14 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations was published in Canada Gazette Part II on October 31, 2018. While some provisions come into force upon publication, most provisions of this Amendment will come into force on April 30, 2019. The Guide to the Regulations will be updated with new requirements for affected products in time for the coming-into-force of the Amendment.

Regulatory definition

Motor, a machine that converts electrical power into rotational mechanical power, including any motor that is incorporated into another product - whether or not that other product is an energy-using product, and that:

  • is an electric three-phase induction design
  • is one of the following designs:
    • a NEMA design A, B or C with a three- or four-digit NEMA frame number
    • an enclosed NEMA design A, B or C with a NEMA frame number of 56, or
    • an IEC design N or H with an IEC frame number of 80 or above
  • has a nominal output power of not less than 0.75 kW (1 HP) and not more than 375 kW (500 HP)
  • has a cage or squirrel-cage design
  • is rated for continuous duty or S1 operation
  • is designed to operate at a single speed
  • has a nominal voltage of not more than 600 V AC
  • has a nominal frequency of 50 Hz, 50/60 Hz or 60 Hz
  • has a two-, four-, six- or eight-pole construction
  • has an open or enclosed construction, and
  • has an IP code from 00 to 67

Types of motors include:

  • close-coupled pump motor
  • fire pump motor
  • integral gear assembly
  • partial motor
  • totally enclosed non ventilated motor (TENV)
  • brake motor
  • motor with separately powered blower
  • vertical solid shaft motor
  • vertical hollow shaft motor
  • immersible motor (a motor designed to operate continuously in free air, but can operate continuously for a period of at least 30 minutes while completely submerged)
  • explosion proof motor, or
  • motor with sleeve bearing, thrust bearing, non-standard base, non-standard endshields or flanges, encapsulated windings, moisture resistant windings or sealed windings

Does not include:

  • air-over motor (a motor that is cooled by air that is forced over the motor by a fan or blower that is not an integral part of the motor)
  • liquid-cooled motor
  • component sets of motor
  • inverter-only motor, or
  • submersible motor (a motor that is designed to operate continuously only while immersed)

Compliance date

Manufactured on or after June 1, 2017 for medical imaging motors.
Manufactured on or after June 1, 2016 for all other motors.

Compliant product models

Motors as listed on NRCan’s searchable database

Testing standard

CAN/CSA C390-10 Test methods, marking requirements and energy efficiency levels for three-phase induction motors
IEEE 112-2004 Test Procedure for Polyphase Induction Motors and Generators

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 motors
Product type Testing standard Energy efficiency standard Period of manufacture
Fire pump motor CSA C390-10 or
IEEE 112-2004
CSA C390-10, Table 2 On or after February 3, 1995
Medical imaging motor CSA C390-10 or
IEEE 112-2004
NEMA MG-1-2014, Table 12-12 On or after June 1, 2017
All other motors CSA C390-10 or
IEEE 112-2004
NEMA MG-1-2014, Table 12-12 On or after June 1, 2016

NEMA MG-1-2014: NEMA Standards Publication No. MG 1-2014 Motors and Generators

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
  • nominal efficiency value
  • NEMA or IEC design of motor
  • motor configuration (i.e. fire pump motor, medical imaging motor or another configuration)

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.