Clothes washers (and household-style commercial)

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

Clothes washer, electrically operated clothes washer that does not require mechanical fastening to a floor or wall, is top- or front- loaded and has an internal control system that regulates the water temperature without the need for user intervention after the machine is set in operation. 

Compliance date

Household clothes washers

Manufactured on or after January 1, 2018

Household-style commercial clothes washers

Manufactured on or after January 1, 2018

Compliant product models

Clothes washers and household-style commercial, as listed on NRCan’s searchable database

Labelling requirements

EnerGuide label required on household clothes washers and voluntary on household-style commercial clothes washers

Testing standard


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 clothes washers
Rotational and axis size L/kWh/cycle
Household clothes washers
Integrated modified energy factor
Vertical-axis compact  ≥ 32.56
Vertical-axis standard ≥ 44.46
Horizontal-axis compact ≥ 32.00
Horizontal-axis standard ≥ 52.10
Household-style commercial clothes washers
  Modified energy factor
Vertical-axis ≥ 38.23
Horizontal-axis ≥ 56.63

L/kWh/cycle = litres per kilowatt-hour per cycle

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
  • integrated modified energy factor in L/kWh/cycle
  • annual energy consumption in kWh per year
  • size category: compact or standard
  • capacity, in Litres, of clothes washer’s container
  • integrated water consumption factor in litres per cycle per litre
  • maximum wash temperature available: less than or equal to 57.2°C or greater than 57.2°C
  • wash rinse temperature selections listed in Table 5 of CAN/CSA-C360-13
  • water fill control system: manual or adaptive
  • rotational axis of clothes washer container: horizontal or vertical
  • method for payment, if any

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.