HRAI Meets with NRCan to Discuss Amendment 17

As members are aware, on January 1, 2023, U.S. DOE Appendix M1 – Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Central Air Conditioners and Heat Pumps – will come into force in the US. But it remains uncertain how this will be applied in Canada.   

On June 11, 2022, HRAI and AHRI submitted a final round of comments on NRCan’s Amendment 17 to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations. Since then, members have been asking HRAI for regular updates on a number of key concerns, such as: 

  • When will Amendment 17 be published in Canada Gazette, Part II? 

  • Will NRCan make cold climate testing mandatory in Canadian regulations? 

  • What exactly is the Ministerial Regulations Authority? How will it be used?  

  • What does January 1, 2023 mean for 13 Seer products? 

  • Can you tell us anything more about this option NRCan is considering to bring Amendment 17 immediately into force upon final publication?  

Since March 10, 2021, when HRAI and AHRI submitted our first round of joint comments advocating for complete regulatory harmonization between the United States and Canada, HRAI has been engaging NRCan and advocating on behalf of industry.  

Last week, HRAI and AHRI met with officials from Minister of Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson’s office to discuss Amendment 17 and industry’s outstanding concerns, particularly around compliance.  

It was a productive meeting and it appears that that much of what industry has been asking for over the last year and a half has been heard but it remains uncertain that these concerns will be fully addressed in the final wording of Amendment 17 once  comes into force.  

To best answer these questions, we encourage members to attend HRAI’s GR Quarterly Round-Up, which will be held on December 7, 2022.  Of course, any news prior to that date will be shared with the membership as it is announced. 

Members can register here for the webinar. 

If you have any questions or concerns, contact Stephen Chartrand at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 276 or email 

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