The Energy Efficiency Regulations help Canada achieve greenhouse gas emissions limitation targets by regulating the importation and distribution of energy-using appliances such as dishwashers, fluorescent lights, air conditioners, furnaces, pumps and exit signs. Specific information and reporting is required when importing the following goods:

  • Clothes washers and dryers
  • Dishwashers
  • Electric and gas ranges
  • Refrigerators and freezers
  • Water heaters
  • Gas fireplaces and furnaces
  • Oil furnaces and oil-fired boilers
  • Gas and oil-fired boilers
  • Heat pumps
  • Air conditioners
  • Ice-makers
  • Dehumidifiers
  • Fluorescent lamps and ballasts
  • Incandescent reflector lamps
  • Polyphase induction electric motors
  • Dry-type transformers
  • Exit signs
  • Equipment utilizing polyphase induction electric motors or dry-type transformers such as pumps, air compressors, fans, spraying machinery, hoists, winches, cranes and fork lifts

The following information must be provided on the customs invoice when importing goods subject to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations:

  • 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

Natural Resources Canada (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.