Regulatory co-operation

Harmonizing energy efficiency standards

As part of market transformation efforts, the Government of Canada is committed to harmonizing energy efficiency standards within the country and with our international partners, such as the United States. These efforts not only improve the marketplace but also support reductions in greenhouse gas emissions and the promotion a low-carbon economy.

1.  Federal-provincial-territorial framework

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In August 2017, Canada’s Energy Ministers advanced their commitments to tackle climate change with two key documents:

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Both these reports arise from the foundation document Encouraging Market Transformation Through Collaboration on Energy Efficiency Standards [PDF - 1.95 MB], which established a framework for federal, provincial and territorial cooperation at the 2016 Energy and Mines Ministers’ Conference. All are consistent with the Canadian Energy Strategy

2.  Canada-U.S. regulatory cooperation

The Regulatory Cooperation Council (RCC) was established in 2011 to increase regulatory coordination between Canada and the United States with the aim of reducing costs for businesses and consumers in both countries. The RCC  2014 Joint Forward Plan covers 24 initiatives, including three at Natural Resources Canada (NRCan)—energy efficiency standards, natural gas transportation codes and standards, and explosives classification.

The U.S.-Canada Joint Statement on Climate, Energy and Arctic Leadership, released in March 2016, also commits both countries to better align and further improve appliance and equipment standards. Further, the Leaders’ Statement on a North American Climate, Clean Energy and Environment Partnership, released in June 2016, commits Canada, the U.S. and Mexico to align a total of 10 energy efficiency standards or test procedures for equipment by the end of 2019. In February 2017, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and President Donald Trump reiterated their support for continued bilateral regulatory cooperation.

Under the RCC, NRCan and the U.S. Department of Energy 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 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.

The Annual Work Plan 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

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