Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1038)

Enabling Statute: Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Content last updated 2014.04.23

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Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations
Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards (CMVSS),
Technical Standards Documents and Test Methods
# Regulatory Text
1 Short Title
2 Interpretation
amended 2013.06.19, amended 2013.02.13
(proposed amendments in C.G. Part I 2013.12.07)
2.1 Metric or Imperial System
2.2 Number of Wheels
2.3 Designated Seating Capacity
2.4 Number of Designated Seating Positions
2.5 Prescribed Class of a Vehicle
4 Prescribed Classes of Vehicles
5 Safety and Emission Requirements
5.1 Interprovincial Shipments
5.2 Gross Vehicle Weight Rating
5.3 Maximum Speed
6 Compliance Label
6.1-7 Vehicles Manufactured in Stages
9 Altered Vehicle
10 Records
amended 2013.06.19
11 Importation Document
12 Importation of a Vehicle Purchased in the United States
13-14 Applications for Exemption
15 Defect Information
amended 2013.06.19
15.1 Test Methods
16-17 Technical Standards Documents
18 Owner's Manual
amended 2013.02.13
Schedule I - National Safety Mark
Schedule II - Ministerial Authorization
Schedule III - Canada Motor Vehicle Safety Standards
amended 2013.06.19
Schedule IV
# Regulatory Text Technical Standards Documents (TSD)
See note
Test Methods (TM)
See note
Part I - [Repealed, SOR/2007-180, s. 5]
Part II
101 Location and Identification of Controls and Displays
(proposed amendments to regulations and TSD in C.G. Part I 2012.10.06)
TSD 101 rev. 0 (proposed)  
102 Transmission Control Functions (Standard 102)    
103 Windshield Defrosting and Defogging    
104 Windshield Wiping and Washing System    
105 Hydraulic and Electric Brake Systems (Standard 105)
(proposed amendments in C.G. Part I 2012.10.06)
TSD 105 rev. 4  
106 Brake Hoses (Standard 106) TSD 106 rev. 1  
108 Lighting System and Retroreflective Devices (Standard 108)
(proposed amendments in C.G. Part I 2013.12.07)
TSD 108 rev. 5  
108.1 Alternative Requirements for Headlamps    
110 Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles With a GVWR of 4 536 KG or Less (Standard 110)
amended 2014.04.23
TSD 110 rev. 1
TSD 110 rev. 0
 
111 Mirrors    
113 Hood Latch System    
114 Theft Protection and Rollaway Prevention (Standard 114)
amended 2014.04.23
TSD 114 rev. 1  
115 Vehicle Identification Number    
116 Motor Vehicle Brake Fluids (Standard 116) TSD 116 rev. 0  
118 Power-Operated Window, Partition and Roof Panel Systems (Standard 118) TSD 118 rev. 1  
120 Tire Selection and Rims for Motor Vehicles With a GVWR of More Than 4 536 kg (Standard 120)
amended 2014.04.23, amended 2013.11.20
TSD 120 rev. 1
TSD 120 rev. 0
 
121 Air Brake Systems (Standard 121)
amended 2013.12.18
TSD 121 rev. 4 (proposed)
TSD 121 rev. 3
 
122 Motorcycle Brake Systems (Standard 122)
amended 2014.04.23
(proposed amendments in C.G. Part I 2012.10.06)
TSD 122 rev. 2  
123 Motorcycle Controls and Displays (Standard 123) TSD 123 rev. 1  
124 Accelerator Control Systems (Standard 124) TSD 124 rev. 0  
126 Electronic Stability Control Systems (Standard 126)
amended 2013.04.10
TSD 126 rev. 0  
131 School Bus Pedestrian Safety Devices (Standard 131)
(proposed amendments in C.G. Part I 2013.12.07)
TSD 131 rev. 2  
135 Light Vehicle Brake Systems (Standard 135)
(proposed amendments in C.G. Part I 2012.10.06)
TSD 135 rev. 2  
Part III
201 Occupant Protection    
202 Head Restraints
amended 2014.04.23
TSD 202 rev. 1  
203 Driver Impact Protection and Steering Control System
amended 2013.02.13
   
204 Steering Column Rearward Displacement
amended 2013.02.13
TSD 204 rev. 0  
205 Glazing Materials    
206 Door Locks and Door Retention Components (Standard 206)
amended 2013.12.18
TSD 206 rev. 2  
207 Anchorage of Seats TSD 207 rev. 0  
208 Occupant Protection In Frontal Impacts (Standard 208)
amended 2013.02.13
TSD 208 rev. 0 TM 208 - Dec 1996
209 Seat Belt Assemblies (Standard 209)
amended 2013.06.19
TSD 209 rev. 2
TSD 209 rev. 1
 
210 Seat Belt Anchorages (Standard 210)   TM 210 - Jan 2010
210.1 User-ready Tether Anchorages for Restraint Systems and Booster Seats (Standard 210.1)
amended 2013.06.19
   
210.2 Lower Universal Anchorage Systems for Restraint Systems and Booster Seats (Standard 210.2)
amended 2013.06.19
   
212 Windshield Mounting
amended 2013.02.13
TSD 212 rev. 0  
213.4 Built-in Restraint Systems and Built-in Booster Seats (Standard 213.4)
amended 2013.06.19
  TM 213.4 - May 2012
214 Side Door Strength   TM 214 - Nov 1996
215 Bumpers    
216 Roof Crush Resistance (Standard 216)
amended 2014.04.23
TSD 216 rev. 1  
217 Bus Window Retention, Release and Emergency Exits    
219 Windshield Zone Intrusion
amended 2013.02.13
TSD 219 rev. 0  
220 Rollover Protection (Standard 220)
amended 2014.04.23
TSD 220 rev. 0  
221 School Bus Body Joint Strength (Standard 221)   TM 221 - Oct 2000
222 School Bus Passenger Seating and Crash Protection   TM 222 - Dec 1983
223 Rear Impact Guards (Standard 223)
amended 2013.12.18
  TM 223 - Dec 2003
Part IV
301 Fuel System Integrity (Standard 301) TSD 301 rev. 2  
301.1 LPG Fuel System Integrity (Standard 301.1)   TM 301.1 - Feb 2001
301.2 CNG Fuel System Integrity (Standard 301.2)
amended 2013.12.18
  TM 301.2 - Feb 2001
301.3 Fuel System Integrity for Three-wheeled Vehicles and Motorcycles (Standard 301.3)    
302 Flammability of Interior Materials (Standard 302) TSD 302 rev. 0  
305 Electrolyte Spillage and Electrical Shock Protection (Standard 305) TSD 305 rev. 3  
401 Interior Trunk Release (Standard 401) TSD 401 rev. 2  
500 Low-speed Vehicles (Standard 500) TSD 500 rev. 1  
505 Vehicle Stability    
901 Axles    
902 [Repealed, SOR/95-147, s. 11]    
903 C-dolly Specifications   TM 903 - Oct 1992
904 C-dolly Hitch Requirements    
905 Trailer Cargo Anchoring Devices (Standard 905)   TM 905 - Aug 1998
906 Snowmobile Trailers (Standard 906)    
Schedule V - [Repealed SOR/2003-2]
Schedule V.1
1106 Noise Emissions (Standard 1106)   TM 1106 - Aug 2005
Schedule VI
1200 [Repealed, SOR/96-360, s. 1]    
1201 Snowmobile Standards)    
1202 Snowmobile Cutters (Standard 1202)    
Schedule VII - Declaration Of Importation Of A Vehicle For Exhibition, Demonstration, Evaluation, Testing Or Special Purposes
Schedule VIII - Designated Customs Offices

Regulatory Initiatives (specific to the regulations)

Depending on the date, amendments listed may not yet be included in the consolidated text.

Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Various Amendments)

Canada Gazette Part Ⅱ, Vol. 148, No. 9 — April 23, 2014
Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Various Amendments)
SOR/2014-82 April 4, 2014
Comes into force April 23, 2014.

Canada Gazette Part Ⅰ, Vol. 147, No. 22 — June 1, 2013
Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Various Amendments) (proposed)

Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Standards 121, 206, 223 and 301.2)

Canada Gazette Part Ⅱ, Vol. 147, No. 26 — December 18, 2013
Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Standards 121, 206, 223 and 301.2)
SOR/2013-220 November 29, 2013
Comes into force December 18, 2013.

Canada Gazette Part Ⅰ, Vol. 146, No. 40 — October 6, 2012
Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Standards 121, 206, 223 and 301.2) (proposed)

Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Interpretation and Standards 108 and 131) (proposed)

Canada Gazette Part Ⅰ, Vol. 147, No. 49 — December 7, 2013
Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Interpretation and Standards 108 and 131) (proposed)

Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations new

Canada Gazette Part Ⅱ, Vol. 147, No. 24 — November 20, 2013
Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations
SOR/2013-198 November 8, 2013
Comes into force November 20, 2013.

Canada Gazette Part Ⅰ, Vol. 146, No. 6 — February 11, 2012
Motor Vehicle Tire Safety Regulations (proposed)

Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act

Canada Gazette Part Ⅱ, Vol. 147, No. 13 — June 19, 2013
Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made Under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act
SOR/2013-117 May 31, 2013
Comes into force June 19, 2013.

Canada Gazette Part Ⅰ, Vol. 145, No. 48 — November 26, 2011
Regulations Amending Certain Regulations Made under the Motor Vehicle Safety Act (proposed)

Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Standard 126)

Canada Gazette Part Ⅱ, Vol. 147, No. 8 — April 10, 2013
Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Standard 126)
SOR/2013-55 March 21, 2013
Comes into force June 9, 2013.

Canada Gazette Part Ⅰ, Vol. 146, No. 40 — October 6, 2012
Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Standard 126) (proposed)

Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Interpretation, Section 18 and Standards 203, 204, 208, 212 and 219)

Canada Gazette Part Ⅱ, Vol. 147, No. 4 — February 13, 2013
Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Interpretation, Section 18 and Standards 203, 204, 208, 212 and 219)
SOR/2013-9 January 31, 2013
Comes into force February 13, 2013.

Canada Gazette Part Ⅰ, Vol. 146, No. 6 — February 11, 2012
Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Interpretation, Section 18 and Standards 203, 204, 208, 212 and 219) (proposed)

Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Interpretation and Standards 101, 105, 122 and 135) (proposed)

Canada Gazette Part Ⅰ, Vol. 146, No. 40 — October 6, 2012
Regulations Amending the Motor Vehicle Safety Regulations (Interpretation and Standards 101, 105, 122 and 135) (proposed)

Government Notices

No current notices.