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Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) recently announced that amendments to the Energy Efficiency Act have been tabled in Parliament as part of Bill C-63, the second Budget Implementation Act.  ‎The changes are embedded in the Canada Free Trade Agreement (CFTA) section of the bill.  In short, the amendments will give the Minister of Natural Resources Canada greater flexibility to maintain alignment of standards with other jurisdictions. It will also enable a more streamlined regulatory process.

If passed, the proposed changes would provide new tools that will allow the Government of Canada to create consistency in standards across the country and ensure Canada is aligned with other key jurisdictions. The proposed changes would

  • Give the Minister of Natural Resources the authority to make technical or administrative changes to existing regulations.  
  • Provide the Governor in Council with the authority to incorporate by reference “technical standards documents” for the purpose of harmonizing with another jurisdiction.
  • Repeal the requirement for pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I since it is duplicative of the Treasury Board Directive governing all federal legislation.

HRAI will monitor the progress of this proposed legislation.

For more information, contact Martin Luymes at 1-800-267-2231 ext. 235 or email mluymes@hrai.ca.