Natural Resources Canada Regulations for Consumer Goods

Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) prohibits the importation of certain energy-using products unless they meet specific requirements. Dealers (i.e., importers and manufacturers who import goods for sale or lease, as well as sellers and lessors) who import regulated energy-using products into Canada must include the following information on the Customs invoice:

  • Name of the product (e.g., external power supply, incandescent reflector lamp, digital TV adaptor, etc.);
  • Model number of the product;
  • Brand name, if any, of the product;
  • Address of the dealer (importing the product); and
  • Purpose of the importation.
These regulations apply to any energy-using product, even if it is part of a larger machine.

Please note that these regulations do not apply to personal importations.

Beginning April 12, 2012, as per Amendment 11 to the Energy Efficiency Regulations, NRCan will increase the scope of existing minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for products, as well as introduce new compliance and reporting requirements. The amendment will introduce MEPS for the following five products:

  • Compact audio products
  • Television (TV) and TV combination units (and reporting only of TV on mode)
  • Video products
For more information, please refer to Customs Notice 12-012 and Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations.