On April 25, 2007, the Minister of Natural Resources and the Minister of the Environment announced the federal government's proposal to implement national standards for lighting efficiency through amendments to Canada's Energy Efficiency Act.

The national standards, which are expected to be developed by the end of this year with input from industry and other stakeholders, are set to broaden regulations to include the most common general-area lighting products sold in Canada, with the complete phase-out of inefficient incandescent lighting in common uses by 2012. The proposed amendments are also set to include new packaging regulations that will make consumer shopping for energy efficient lighting easier. Notably, the ban on inefficient light bulbs will include allowances for applications where incandescent light bulbs are still the only practical alternative, such as in some medical lighting situations and oven lights.

To read more about the governments proposal, click here.