Moving Forward with the Energy Efficiency Regulations

This is to inform you that the proposed Regulations Amending the Energy Efficiency Regulations, 2016 (Amendment 18) has been published in the Canada Gazette, Part I, along with a Regulatory Impact Analysis Statement.

This announcement represents a significant milestone for Natural Resources Canada’s continued work under its Forward Regulatory Plan 2024 to 2026, which was updated on April 1, 2024.

A Note from the Canada Gazette

This Amendment would add or update energy efficiency and testing standards for several newly and currently regulated energy-using products to harmonize with the United States. Also, this Amendment would expand the use of ambulatory incorporation by reference to U.S. standards or NRCan technical standards documents, as well as position NRCan to exercise Ministerial Regulations for more energy-using products to adjust quickly to changes and maintain harmonization in the future, where appropriate.

Furthermore, the Amendment would include transitional provisions for specific products during which regulated parties would have the opportunity, on a voluntary basis, to comply more quickly with the new requirements (voluntary early compliance). Finally, the Amendment would introduce more stringent energy efficiency standards than in the United States for some products to assist with achieving net-zero by 2050.

Amendment 18

Pre-publication initiates a 70-day public comment period, which will end on August 31, 2024.

  • Natural Resources Canada encourages you to submit your comments online using the new commenting feature on the Canada Gazette, Part I website. Please note that in order to increase the transparency of the regulatory process, all comments submitted during the consultation period will be posted online after the 70-day period closes.
  • All comments will be taken into consideration in the development of the final regulations that will be published in the Canada Gazette, Part II. You can submit comments at any point throughout the 70-day period, but early submission will allow for early analysis of any potential changes to the proposal to address concerns.
  • Amendment 18 proposes the incorporation by reference of NRCan technical standards documents for two energy using products. These documents have been posted on the Amendment 18 page and are subject to the same 70-day comment period as the rest of the amendment.

Visit Natural Resources Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations website for more information on energy-using products that are regulated in Canada. If you have questions about energy efficiency standards for products and equipment that are regulated in Canada, please contact

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