Regulatory co-operation

Working to align with U.S. standards

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and the U.S. Department of Energy (USDOE) have published a Regulatory Partnership Statement and Annual Work Plan as part of a commitment to better align Canadian and U.S. energy efficiency standards.The initiative falls under the Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) whose 2014 Joint Forward Plan commits government departments to develop and publish these documents.

In addition, as part of the U.S.-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership, both countries agreed to better align and further improve appliance and equipment efficiency standards by 2020.

Regulatory Partnership Statement

The NRCan-USDOE Regulatory Partnership Statement formalizes the relationship between the two departments. It defines the scope of cooperation, identifies the senior executives who will manage the Statement and specifies annual joint meetings where stakeholders can provide input and Work Plans can be approved.

Annual Work Plan

The NRCan-USDOE Annual Work Plan for energy efficiency standards describes key project elements, such as deliverables and outcomes. It will be updated annually in consultation with stakeholders at annual joint meetings.

2015-16 Annual Work Plan (Published May 30, 2015)

2016-17 Annual Work Plan (Published July 15, 2016)


Debbie Scharf
Director, Equipment Division
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
Phone: 613-996-4359
Fax: 613-947-7629

Building #3, Observatory Cr.
Central Experimental Farm
Ottawa, Ontario
K1A 0Y3

John Cymbalsky
Program Manager
Appliance Standards
U.S. Department of Energy
Phone: 202-287-1692
Fax: 202-586-4617

1000 Independence Ave., SW
Mailstop EE5B
Washington, DC
United States of America