Importing Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engines Reporting Requirements

The importation and manufacture of off-road small spark-ignition engines in Canada is regulated under the Off-Road Small Spark-Ignition Engine Emission Regulations.  These engines are typically found in lawn and garden machines such as hedge trimmers, brush cutters, lawnmowers, garden tractors, leaf blowers, ice augers and snow blowers; in light-duty industrial machines such as generator sets, welders and pressure washers; and in light-duty logging machines such as chainsaws, log splitters and industrial shredders, bicycle engines and loose engines.

The latest regulatory amendments require companies to submit a signed importation declaration to Environment and Climate Change Canada when importing 50 engines or more in a calendar year, no later than February 1 of the following calendar year.  Thus, all small spark-ignition products imported in 2018 must be declared before February 1st, 2019; if they have not been declared through the Canada Border Services Agency’s Single Window Initiative.

The regulatory administration section provides an Importation Declaration Form.

You may use this form to declare the products imported. The completed importation declaration form must be submitted to the Regulatory Administration Section of the Transportation Division:


Fax: 819-938-4197

Mail: 351 Saint Joseph Blvd., Gatineau QC, K1A OH3

For further information, you may consult the guidance document which offers key elements of the regulations.