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Microwave Ovens

Energy Efficiency Regulations

Regulatory definition

Microwave oven, a household cooking appliance that is designed to cook or heat food in a compartment by means of microwave energy and includes one that has a thermal element that is designed for the surface browning of food.

Compliance date

Manufactured on or after March 31, 2019

Compliant product models

Microwave ovens as listed on NRCan’s searchable database

Testing standard

CAN/CSA-C388-15 or Appendix I to Subpart B of Part 430 of Title 10 to the United States Code of Federal Regulations, entitled Uniform Test Method for Measuring the Energy Consumption of Cooking Products

Energy efficiency regulations by province

Some provinces also have their own energy efficiency regulations for many of the federally regulated products – find out which ones!

Energy efficiency standard

Energy performance standard for microwave ovens
Type Standby power in watts
Microwave-only oven ≤  1.0
Countertop convection microwave oven ≤  1.0
Built-in convection microwave oven ≤  2.2
Over-the-range convection microwave oven ≤  2.2

Energy efficiency report requirements

  • name of product
  • brand name
  • model number
  • manufacturer
  • the name of the certification body or province whose verification mark will be on the product or its package
  • whether a mathematical model as defined in the Regulations was used to generate any of the information provided below
  • type
  • volume, in litres (cubic feet)
  • standby power in watts

Download the energy efficiency reporting template.

This document does not constitute part of the Energy Efficiency Act (Act) or its associated regulations. This document is an administrative document that is intended to facilitate compliance by the regulated party with the Act and its associated regulations. This document is not intended to provide legal advice regarding the interpretation of the Act or its associated regulations. If a regulated party has questions about their legal obligations or responsibilities under the Act or its associated regulations, they should seek the advice of legal counsel.

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