Oil-fired boilers

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

Oil-fired boiler, a boiler that is intended for application in a low pressure steam or hot water central heating system, that has an input rate of less than 88 kW (300 000 Btu/h) and that is either exclusively oil-fired, or capable of being fired, at the choice of the user, by either oil or another fuel.

Compliance date

Manufactured on or after September 1, 2012 for meeting prescriptive requirement of an automatic means for adjusting water temperature.

Compliant product models

Oil-fired boilers as listed on NRCan’s searchable database

Testing standard

ASHRAE 103-2007

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 oil-fired boilers
Product type   September 1, 2012
Minimum AFUE Prescriptive Requirements
Oil hot water ≥ 84% Automatic means for adjusting water temperature
Oil hot water equipped with tankless domestic water heating coils ≥ 84% None
Oil steam ≥ 82% None
AFUE = Annual Fuel Utilization Efficiency

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
  • type of boiler system: low pressure steam or hot water
  • maximum heat input and output nominal capacities, in kW (Btu/h)
  • power burner motor's consumption (PE), in kW
  • water pump electrical energy input rate (BE), in kW
  • average annual electrical energy consumption (EAE), in kWh
  • annual fuel utilization efficiency
  • whether equipped with tankless domestic water heating coils
  • type of automatic water temperature adjustment device the product uses, 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.