Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) Regulations for Certain Energy-Using Products

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 personal importations are exempt from these regulations.

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

  • Standby for electronic products
    • Compact audio products
    • Television (TV) and TV combination units (and reporting only of TV on mode)
    • Video products
  • External power supplies
  • Digital TV adaptors
  • Electric boilers
  • Single package vertical air-conditioners and heat pumps

Amendments are ongoing, with the latest effective in Dec 2013 for light bulbs. Click here for a list of amendments with associated products.

For more information, please refer to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations or the Forward Regulatory Plan 2014-2016.