Preliminary Consultations on the Discussion Draft Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations - Intro Page

Environment Canada has prepared a Discussion Draft of the Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations. The regulations, under the authority of Part 7, Division 5 of CEPA 1999, will establish emission standards for new engines rated up to 19 kW (25 hp). The regulations will cover gasoline engines used for lawn and garden equipment and for light-duty industrial machinery, such as pressure washers and portable generators.

The Department is seeking comments from interested parties. Comments received by August 9, 2002 will be considered in developing a formal proposal in the Canada Gazette Part I in the Fall.

The Discussion Draft and a note describing some specific regulatory issues on which Environment Canada is also seeking views can be down loaded from the CEPA Environmental Registry or can be obtained by contacting Ms. Francine Lavallée at 819-953-4807 (

This will be the first time that small spark-ignition engines will be subject to emissions standards in Canada. Companies involved in the manufacture, distribution or importation for the purpose of sale of small spark-ignition engines and machines equipped with such engines may be directly affected by the proposed regulations.

This is the first of five planned emissions regulations for off-road engines. Regulations covering off-road diesel engines and recreational marine engines will be developed later while regulations covering large spark-ignition engines and off-road recreational vehicles are under early development. These were announced by the Minister of the Environment in the Federal Agenda on Cleaner Vehicles and Fuels, (PDF 1.4 MB) published in the February 17, 2001 Canada Gazette Part 1.

The Discussion Draft has not undergone legal review and will be revised for formal proposal in the Canada Gazette Part I. Stakeholders will have another opportunity to comment on the formal proposal during the Fall.

Please provide your written comments to:

Morrie Kirshenblatt
Head, Off-Road Regulations.
Transportation Systems Branch
351 St - Joseph Blvd.
Hull, Quebec
K1A 0H3

Tel: 819-953-0914
Fax: 819-953-7815

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