Deadlines for LEED® Rating Systems

As new versions of the LEED rating systems are introduced, earlier versions are phased out so that we are constantly pushing for the transformation we aspire to.


As indicated in the Certification Guides, each LEED v4 rating system will remain open and available for certification for at least six years after the rating system registration close date.

LEED Canada rating systems

The deadline for submitting for certification review under LEED Canada rating systems is six (6) years from the close of registration, as outlined in the table below. Projects pursuing a split review must submit for First Construction Review. Projects may elect to upgrade, at no cost, to a later version of LEED. Projects that do not meet this timeline will no longer be eligible for certification and will be removed from the LEED registered project database on the CaGBC website. To re-qualify for certification, they will be required to register under the version of the rating system that is current at that time, and pay all applicable fees.

Certification will be supported for one year following the sunset date, as outlined in the table below. The CaGBC will consider submittal deadline exemptions (e.g., projects with campus-wide credits) on a case-by-case basis.*

Project teams that require assistance upgrading a project or have any other concerns should contact the CaGBC at:


  Deadline for registration Deadline for submitting (sunset date) Deadline for completing certification
LEED Canada NC 1.0
LEED Canada CS 1.0
June 21, 2010 June 21, 2016 June 21, 2017
LEED Canada CI 1.0
LEED Canada NC 2009
LEED Canada CS 2009
LEED Canada EB:O&M 2009
October 31, 2016 October 31, 2022 October 31, 2023

* For an exemption, the project team must provide a comparison with the rating system version that they would otherwise upgrade to, in order to demonstrate that undue hardship would be caused by meeting the requirements of the newer version. Applications for exemption should be provided early enough to permit review by CaGBC prior to the sunset date. If an exemption is allowed, the project team will receive a formal letter of exemption that includes a set schedule for the project team. A certification surcharge may apply.