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Amendments to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2016

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

Enabling Acts


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 decreasing 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 (in progress) would:

  • 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.
  • Propose to 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 align with U.S. DOE testing standards and more-stringent energy efficiency standards and associated performance metrics for central air conditioners and central heat pumps that will come into effect on January 2023.
  • Propose to 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 Regulations are aligned with the United States more clearly where already intended.

Subsequent amendment (s)

Natural Resources Canada intends to launch amendments 18 and 19 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations to update testing procedures and/or energy efficiency standards for previously regulated and new products. The specific contents of these amendments have not yet been determined. Consideration will be given to 19 products that are already regulated, and to the introduction of requirements for 7 new products (listed below).

Updating Already Regulated Products Adding a New Product Category
1) Refrigerators 1) Clothes dryers (vented gas)
2) Combination refrigerator-freezers 2) Uninterruptible power supplies
3) Freezers 3) Pool pumps
4) Clothes washers 4) Showerheads
5) Integrated clothes washer-dryers 5) Faucets
6) Clothes dryers 6) Air compressors
7) Dishwashers 7) Line-voltage thermostats
8) Portable air conditioners  
9) Electric water heaters  
10) Room air conditioners  
11) Battery chargers  
12) External power supplies  
13) Gas-fired water heaters  
14) Oil-fired water heaters  
15) Ice makers (automatic commercial)  
16) Large air conditioners and heat pumps  
17) General service lighting  
18) General service fluorescent lamps  
19) Metal halide lamp ballasts  

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 new product categories 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 savings, 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 currently aligned with the U.S. on testing standards or energy efficiency standards in order to include them for considerations in next 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 shipping across provinces of regulated products that do not meet prescribed efficiency levels. 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.


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

Amendment 17

  • Spring 2022: pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I

Subsequent amendment (s)

  • 2022: pre-consultation
  • 2023 pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I

The exact date for final publication of the amendment will depend on the number and nature of comments received during the public comment periods, but are typically within a year of the 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

Abla Hanna
Senior Director, Demand Policy & Analysis Division
Office of Energy Efficiency, Energy Efficiency and Technology
Natural Resources Canada
580 Booth Street, Ottawa, Ontario K1A 0E4

Date First included in Forward Regulatory Plan

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

Amendment 18 and 19 added April 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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