Guidance document for Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations: chapter 1

1. Introduction

This guidance document provides information about the requirements of the Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations established under the authority of Part 7, Division 5 of the Canadian Environmental Protection Act, 1999 (CEPA 1999).

The text of the enabling Act is not repeated in the Regulations, so this guidance document cites both the Regulations and the Act to make it easier to understand the requirements of the Regulations.

The Regulations are aligned with the corresponding U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) rules for off-road spark-ignition engines. Engines sold concurrently in Canada and the United States and covered by a valid U.S. EPA certificate of conformity can enter Canada with a declaration at the border. For other engines, the evidence of conformity must be obtained and produced in a form and manner that is satisfactory to the Minister.

Figure 1 illustrates how this document is organized. Each chapter includes a short description of a specific aspect of the Regulations followed by additional details, often provided in an interrogative form.

Figure 1: Structure of the Guidance Document

Figure 1: Structure of the Guidance Document

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