Canada consumes approximately 2.2 percent of the world’s primary energy. The Office of Energy Efficiency (OEE) within Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) develops and administers energy efficiency programs for the country. Canada’s EnerGuide comparative labeling program, initiated in 1978, is the oldest energy labeling program in the world. Labels are mandatory for major household appliances and room air conditioners and voluntary for other equipment including furnaces, central air conditioners, and gas fireplaces. In 2001, Canada signed an agreement with the U.S. to administer the international ENERGY STAR program in Canada. Since then, Canada has been managing a voluntary ENERGY STAR labeling program to help Canadian consumers select the most energy efficient products in a wide variety of product categories.
The making and enforcement of regulations concerning minimum energy performance standards (MEPS) for energy-using products was promulgated by the Energy Efficiency Act. The first regulations under the Act came into effect in 1995 following extensive consultations with provincial governments, affected industries, utilities, consumer representatives, environmental groups and others. The regulations often reference Canadian Standards Association (CSA) standards that are developed through a consensus process.
Information regarding Canada's current energy efficiency programs can be found on the CLASP Standards and Labeling (S&L) Database.
Standards & Labeling: Technical experts from Canada are leading the international collaboration efforts for distribution transformers. Canada is also participating in product collaborations for solid-state lighting, televisions, motors, computers, commercial refrigeration, and network standby.
Awards: Canada is contributing to the development of the program rules and criteria for the 2012 SEAD Global Appliance Efficiency Awards for televisions. Canada is part of the North American region, which is one of the regional markets participating in the Awards program.
Procurement: Canada is contributing to the development and promotion of analytical tools to enhance public procurement of efficient products.
Technical Analysis: Canada is participating in international efforts to share programmatic best practices, technical analysis, and other information relevant to the development of world class appliance and equipment standards.