Current Regulations

Marine Spark-Ignition Engine, Vessel and Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Emission Regulations (SOR/2011-10)

The objective of the Marine Spark-Ignition Engine, Vessel and Off-Road Recreational Vehicle Emission Regulations (hereinafter referred to as "the Regulations") is to protect the environment and health of Canadians by establishing Canadian emission standards that contribute to the reduction of air pollutants from engines, vessels and vehicles. For the first time in Canada, these Regulations set Canadian emission standards and test procedures for marine engines, vessels with installed fuel lines or fuel tanks and off-road recreational vehicles. These Regulations are in alignment with those of the United States Environmental Protection Agency (U.S. EPA).

Overall, the Regulations will reduce emissions by establishing emission standards for the useful life of these engines, vessels and vehicles. To minimize the regulatory burden on manufacturers and importers, the Regulations recognize a U.S. EPA certificate as evidence of conformity and provide flexibility to meet the regulatory requirements by implementing an optional fleet averaging and emission credit system. Finally, the Regulations provide methods of determining conformity for companies that manufacture or import marine spark-ignition engines, vessels and off-road recreational vehicles only for sale in Canada without the need to rely on the U.S. certification system.

Contact Information:

Regulatory Administration Section
Transportation Division
Environment Canada
351 St. Joseph Boulevard
Gatineau, QC  K1A 0H3
Phone number: 819-420-4209
Email address:

Information to Help in Complying with the Regulations:

The contents of regulations and other regulatory instruments can be confusing for those who are not skilled in reading legal documents, or who may have difficulty understanding technical content. To help regulatees comply with regulatory requirements, materials that present legal or technical content in a more easily understandable format are provided. See "Other Useful Links" below.

Publication Information:

Canada Gazette Date published Volume and number
Part 1: 2006-12-30 Vol. 140, No. 52
Part 2: 2011-02-16 Vol. 145, No. 4

Regulatory Text in HTML and PDF:

Other Useful Links:

For the Regulations, compliance-related materials include:

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