Update on Amendment 17 and the M1 Transition

On December 21, 2022, NRCan published Amendment 17 to Canada’s Energy Efficiency Regulations in Canada Gazette, Part II to align with DOE Appendix M1, which came into force January 1, 2023.  

On January 6, 2023, NRCan informed HRAI that the reporting templates are now available for download. 

It is important to note the changes to split-system central heat pumps and low temperature testing as there are two effective dates in place for heat pumps. 

The first is January 1, 2023, which requires manufacturers to ship M1-rated product into Canada. The second is January 1, 2025, which will require manufacturers to conduct the very low temperature test at -15°C (5°F) to ensure heat pumps reflect cold climate conditions in Canada. As recommended by HRAI and AHRI NRCan deferred cold clime testing requirements. 

The status of the Ministerial Regulations Authority is noted below:

Amendment 17 specifies 60 energy-using products under the ministerial regulations. Thus, the ministerial regulations authority will permit the Minister in future regulatory processes to maintain alignment of energy efficiency standards and/or testing standards and/or information that must be provided by manufacturers, with requirements in the U.S. for products where the alignment already exists.  

Minister Wilkinson’s office recently informed HRAI to “expect to see more nimble regulatory tools to prevent unintended misalignment and to fix or maintain alignment, such as Ministerial Regulations (enabled by Amendment 17), Technical Standards Documents, and an increase in the use of ambulatory incorporation-by-reference of the U.S. Code of Federal Regulations.”  

Further details will be provided in the next publication of NRCan’s Forward Regulatory Plan.  

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

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