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Amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2016

This regulatory initiative is part of the 2022-2024 Forward Regulatory Plan.

Enabling Acts

Description

The Government of Canada is committed to improving energy efficiency standards for consumer, commercial, and industrial products to support the Government’s climate change and energy efficiency goals and to reducing regulatory burden through alignment with the United States, provinces, and territories when possible and appropriate. Improving energy efficiency standards and reducing regulatory burden provides both economic and environmental benefits to Canada.

Implemented in 1995 under the Energy Efficiency Act, the Energy Efficiency Regulations are amended regularly to add or update energy efficiency standards, testing standards, or labelling requirements for energy-using products used in the residential, commercial, and industrial sectors.

Between 2022 and 2024, Natural Resources Canada intends to follow through with amendments to the Energy Efficiency Regulations in progress, and initiate future planned amendment(s) to the Energy Efficiency Regulations:

Amendment 17 would:

  • Update energy efficiency and testing standards for split system central air conditioners and central heat pumps and update testing standards for single package central air conditioners and central heat pumps to generally align with the United States Department of Energy (U.S. DOE) testing standards and more-stringent energy efficiency standards and associated performance metrics that will come into effect in January 2023.
  • Make minor changes to the scope, reporting requirements, or provide alternative testing standards for other currently regulated products to address known issues with Canadian requirements to ensure that the Energy Efficiency Regulations are aligned with the United States energy efficiency standards more clearly where already intended.
  • Specify energy-using products for which the Minister will be able to exercise the Ministerial regulations authority, at its discretion, to maintain harmonization with regulatory requirements set in another jurisdiction.

Amendments 18 and 19

Natural Resources Canada intends to launch Amendments 18 and 19 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations to update or add energy efficiency or testing standards for currently regulated and new products. Consideration is given to the following products listed below for which technical bulletins have been released.

Updating Currently Regulated Products

  • Refrigerators
  • Combination refrigerator-freezers
  • Freezers
  • Clothes washers
  • Integrated clothes washer-dryers
  • Clothes dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Portable air conditioners
  • Electric water heaters
  • Room air conditioners
  • Gas-fired water heaters
  • Oil-fired water heaters
  • Ice makers (automatic commercial)
  • Large air conditioners and heat pumps
  • General service lamps
  • General service fluorescent lamps
  • Metal halide lamp ballasts
  • Central air conditioners and central heat pumps (3-phase)

Adding New Products

  • Clothes dryers (vented gas)
  • Pool pumps
  • Showerheads
  • Faucets
  • Air compressors
  • Line-voltage thermostats

Updates that were made to the above list of products since it was initially posted in April 2022:

  1. Battery chargers, external power supplies, and uninterruptible power supplies were removed in June 2022. Consideration will be given to these products in subsequent amendments based on developments in the United States
  2. Central air conditioners and central heat pumps (3-phase) have been added to the forward regulatory plan in June 2022.

Future policy work which may or may not lead to regulatory actions

Natural Resources Canada continuously assesses the potential impacts of updating energy efficiency standards or adding products to achieve further energy savings and support the Government’s climate change objectives and its commitments related to addressing unnecessary regulatory differences within Canada and North America. Future changes will be considered based on criteria such as potential energy and greenhouse gas reductions, economic savings for consumers and businesses, and alignment opportunities with our trading partners. This Forward Regulatory Plan will be updated, and stakeholders will be notified, as new products are identified for consideration.

Please note that Natural Resources Canada is monitoring regulatory activities from the U.S. DOE for products that are regulated in Canada and aligned with the United States. If alignment is still appropriate then the changes will be considered in future amendments.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

For proposed amendments, there may be business impacts on manufacturers, importers, and distributors of these products as the amendments will prevent the importation into Canada or shipment across provinces of regulated products that do not meet prescribed efficiency levels for sale or lease. The “One-for One” Rule and/or the small business lens may apply. Consumers and businesses are expected to save money by purchasing products that are more efficient.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

The proposed amendments will be developed in line with previous regulatory cooperation efforts made to address or avoid unnecessary regulatory differences within Canada and North America.

More details are provided in technical bulletins published on our website once an amendment launches.

Consultations

The approximate timing for pre-consultation and pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I, is as follows:

Amendment 17

  • Pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I completed April 2, 2022. Followed by a 70 day consultation period.

Amendments 18 and 19

The exact date for final publication of each amendment will depend on the number and nature of comments received during the public comment period. Final publications are typically within a year of their initial public comment period. Products described in these updates and the timing of publication are subject to decision-making authorities under the Energy Efficiency Act.

General consultation practices are the following:

  • National Standards System – relevant Canadian Standards Association Steering Committees, Technical Committees and Technical Subcommittees assembled from stakeholders (including manufacturers, industry associations and other interested groups) provide input, review and vote on changes to test standards.
  • Bulletins – distribution is targeted to key industry stakeholders, federal and provincial stakeholders, and general interest groups.
  • Workshops/webinars – stakeholders are invited to discuss proposed regulatory requirements, review comments and offer additional input as required, especially where there are significant issues raised that are best addressed multilaterally. In some cases, bilateral discussions are also held with stakeholders.

Further Information

Departmental Contact

Ben Copp
Senior Director, Demand Policy & Analysis Division
Office of Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Technology
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E4
equipment-equipement@nrcan-rncan.gc.ca

Date first included in Forward Regulatory Plan

Amendment 17 added in December 2020, updated in April 2021, and in April 2022

Amendment 18 and 19 added in April 2022, updated in June 2022

Consult NRCan’s acts and regulations web page for:

  • a list of acts and regulations administered by NRCan
  • further information on NRCan’s implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives

Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit:

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