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Important Updates to Provincial Energy Efficiency Programs

July 21, 2016   (0 Comments)
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This summer the Provinces of Ontario and Quebec have continued to advance their energy efficiency programs. Below is an overview of the most relevant aspects of these provincial updates potentially affecting your business.


Province of Ontario:

The Ontario Ministry of Energy announced on July 19 that it is proposing to amend the Ontario Energy Efficiency Regulation (O. Reg. 404/12). It proposed to set and update efficiency requirements and/or testing methods for 15 products (2 new and 13 existing products), and to revoke one product. 


Of special interest to CIPH members will be regulations relating to Residential Oil-fired and Gas-Fired Boilers less than 88 kW (300 MBH).  A summary of the key changes to these products is below:

  • Proposed compliance date:  Jan 15, 2021 or later
  • Test method:  Change to US DOE 10 Code, Part 430 (link?)
  • Energy efficiency requirements:  


The full proposal has been posted on the Environmental Registry (ER) on the link below for a 45 day public review period. You are invited to review the proposal and post your comments on the ER no later than Friday, September 2, 2016.


ER link:


To assist in your review, please find attached a draft technical sheet with further details on proposed changes for the 15 products that the Ontario Ministry of Energy is proposing to amend. The proposed changes, if applicable, are highlighted in the document. 

If you have any questions, or need more information, please forward them to


If you would like CIPH to comment on your behalf please submit your opinion or concern to

Province of Quebec:

On July 13, 2016, the Quebec Minister of Energy and Natural Resources tabled a draft regulation to replace the existing Regulation respecting the energy efficiency of electrical or hydrocarbon-fuelled appliances. The draft regulation is published in the Gazette officielle du Québec for a period of 45 days, until August 27, 2016. 


The Regulations are meant to "harmonize Quebec's regulatory requirements with those of its main commercial partners", with the goal to "lower interprovincial economic barriers, foster internal trade and produce major energy savings".  The draft regulations "are based on the regulatory requirements of Canada and Ontario". 


The new regulations cover 7 categories, but of special interest to CIPH members will be the regulations related to Domestic Water Heaters and Boilers.  The new Quebec energy performance requirements for Water Heaters and for Boilers are now exactly the same as the current regulations in place in Ontario. 


To consult the draft regulation, please visit: Should you have questions or comments on the draft regulation, please follow the instructions in the Gazette officielle du Québec to submit them.


If you would like CIPH to comment on your behalf please submit your opinion or concern to


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