The Energy Efficiency Regulations have been amended to add new products, harmonize minimum energy performance requirements, and update testing methodologies and labelling requirements.

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) has introduced new Minimum Energy Performance Standards to eliminate shipments of inefficient, energy-using products that are either imported into Canada, or manufactured in Canada and transported between provinces for the purpose of sale or lease, as follows:

  • Increased stringency of existing minimum energy performance standards for currently regulated products:
    • Residential gas furnaces
    • Residential dehumidifiers 
    • Residential dishwashers
    • Commercial ice-makers


  • New minimum energy performance standards and associated reporting and compliance requirements for six products:
    • Residential wine chillers
    • Commercial clothes washers
    • Torchieres (floor lamps) 
    • Ceiling fan lighting 
    • Traffic signal modules and pedestrian modules
    • Commercial and industrial gas unit heaters
  • New minimum energy performance standards for general service lamps in 2012
  • Consumer energy performance labelling requirements for most common lamp types:
  • General service lamps (most medium-based screw-in lamps for general use) 
    – General service incandescent reflector lamps (PAR, R, ER and BR lamps) 
    – Compact fluorescent lamps (CFLs)

The following requirements will ensure a level playing field for compliance and enforcement: 

Third-party energy efficiency verification. These verification programs contribute to product quality assurance by facilitating interpretation and training on testing procedures, providing public-verified ratings and efficiency marking of verified units, and systematic challenge mechanisms. For industry, these costs are typically less than 1% of the unit cost.

Submitting energy efficiency reports prior to import or interprovincial transport. This is a one-time activity per model (facilitated by electronic reporting forms supplied by NRCan) and is generally based on internal inventory management systems.

Import reporting requirements. These are currently an integral part of the customs process due to NRCan’s early participation in Canada Border Services Agency’s (CBSA) electronic Single Window initiative. The details required to be reported are usually included with the commercial import documentation:

  • Name and brand of the product
  • Model number of the product or in the case of motors, the Unique Motor Identifier
  • Address of the dealer
  • Reason for importation

NRCan procedures for commercial imports of prescribed products involve cross-checking data received from customs release documents with the Energy Efficiency Reports that dealers must submit. This ensures that NRCan can verify the compliance of imports clearing customs.

Additional information concerning this and other recent developments is available from our technical consulting group.