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Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations

Traffic Signals & Pedestrian Modules
–New Regulations

Final Bulletin –December 2008

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The 10th amendment to Canada's Energy Efficiency Regulations (the Regulations) was approved under which dealers of traffic signal & pedestrian modules that are imported or shipped interprovincially for sale or lease in Canada must comply with minimum energy performance standards referenced in the Regulations.

The amendment has been published in the Canada Gazette Part II.


In its 2005 Energy Policy Act (EPACT) legislation, the US adopted minimum energy performance standards for traffic signal modules and pedestrian modules, equivalent to the ENERGY STAR® Program Requirements for Traffic Signals (Version 1.1) performance levels.

In an effort to harmonize with the US Department of Energy (DOE) standards, NRCan issued its first bulletin to stakeholders in March 2007, with the proposal to regulate traffic signals and pedestrian modules in Canada. The proposal set minimum performance standards that were later prepublished in the Canada Gazette Part I in March 2008 with minor changes to the definition of the product. Most comments received were points of clarification only.

Product Description

The new Regulations apply to Traffic Signal Modules and Pedestrian Modules. For the purposes of the Regulations, a traffic signal module is defined as a self-contained device that consists of all of the optical components for operation and is designed to a) provide drivers with movement information by means of a red or green traffic signal indicator that is 200 mm or 300 mm in diameter and, b) fit into a traffic signal housing.

A pedestrian module is defined as a self-contained device that consists of all of the optical components for operation and is designed to a) provide pedestrians with movement information by means of a “walking person” or “hand” display but not by means of a countdown message, and b) fit into a pedestrian signal housing.

Minimum Energy Performance Standards

The proposed maximum and nominal wattage requirements are listed in Table 1 below.

  Maximum Levels
Module Type Maximum Wattage
(at 74 °C)
Nominal Wattage
(at 25 °C)
12" Red Ball 17 11
8" Red Ball 13 8
12" Red Arrow 12 9
12" Green Ball 15 15
8" Green Ball 12 12
12" Green Arrow 11 11
Combination Walking Man/Hand 16 13
Walking Man 12 9
Orange Hand 16 13

Energy Performance Test Procedure

The standard requires that the products be tested under the conditions presented in the Institute for Transportation Engineers (ITE), Vehicle Traffic Control Signal Heads (VTCSH), June 27, 2005, for both nominal and maximum wattages.

This standard may be ordered from:

Institute of Transportation Engineers
1099 14th Street, NW, Suite 300 West
Washington, DC 20005-3438 USA
Telephone: +1-202-289-0222
Fax: +1-202-289-7722

Effective Date

These Regulations applies to those products manufactured on or after January 1, 2007.

This means that the energy performance test procedure, the energy performance standards and all other regulated requirements for the regulated traffic signal modules and pedestrian modules are now in effect. To further clarify: if a regulated traffic signal module or a pedestrian module are imported into Canada (or shipped between provinces), on or after the effective date (i.e. date of registration of this amendment) of the Regulations, that product's date of manufacture is now taken into account and any product manufactured on or after January 1, 2007 is required to comply with this regulation.

Labelling Requirements

NRCan is not proposing mandatory EnerGuide labelling requirements in the Regulation for traffic signals and pedestrian modules.

Verification Mark Labelling Requirements

The same verification mark requirements that apply to other products regulated under the Energy Efficiency Act will apply to traffic signal modules and pedestrian modules.

This product must now have a verification mark indicating that the energy performance of the product has been verified. The verification mark is the mark of a Standards Council of Canada (SCC) accredited certification body that administers an energy performance verification program for this product. Or the verification mark can be issued by a province indicating that the product meets the provincial energy efficiency levels as a verification mark, providing that the provincial level is equivalent to or exceeds the federally regulated level.

Reporting Requirements: Energy Efficiency Report

This report must be submitted, by the dealer, to NRCan before the product is imported into Canada or traded interprovincially.

  • Type of product;
  • Brand name;
  • Model number;
  • Manufacturer;
  • Name of the organization or province that carried out the verification and authorized the verification mark that will be affixed to the product;
  • Type of module (see Table 1);
  • Nominal wattage (W);
  • Maximum wattage (W).

Importing Reports

A dealer who imports traffic signal and pedestrian modules into Canada must include the following information on the customs release document:

  • Type of product;
  • Model number;
  • Brand name;
  • Address of the dealer importing the product;
  • Purpose for which the product is being imported (i.e. for sale or lease in Canada without modification; for sale or lease in Canada after modification to comply with energy efficiency standards; or for use as a component in a product being exported from Canada).


Pierrette LeBlanc
Senior Standards Engineer
Office of Energy Efficiency
Natural Resources Canada
1 Observatory Cres., Bldg #3
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0E4