Canadian Emissions Regulations Align With U.S. Tier 4

Canada recently approved amendments to align its emission standards with U.S. EPA Tier 4 regulations, and the new standards will take effect January 16, 2012.

On November 17, 2011, Environment Canada approved amendments to the Off-Road Compression-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations which align Canadian emission standards with the U.S. EPA Tier 4 standards for nonroad engines. The Tier 4 standards will come into force on January 16, 2012 and apply to engines of the 2012 and later model years manufactured on and after January 16, 2012.

The approved amendments also include Temporary Standards—that came into effect immediately on November 17, 2011—that allow companies to import “Tier 4 flexibility” engines into Canada. These Temporary Standards are replacing the Interim Order issued in December 2010 that allowed the sales of engines with U.S. EPA emissions labels in Canada.

Once the Tier 4 regulations are in force (January 16, 2012), the Temporary Standards will cease to have effect. At that time, the import of these engines will fall under the updated Transition Engines provisions. These provisions allow the continued import of these engines and incorporate new reporting requirements.

For more information on the amendments made to the Canadian Environmental Protection Act for off-road CI engine emissions regulations, click here.