Canadian government launches consultation on right to repair

Canadian government launches consultation on right to repair

The Canadian government has announced a commitment to improving Canadians’ ability to repair products such as household appliances and consumer electronics through a new consultation process.

The consultation will serve to gather citizen feedback to inform the development of a federal right-to-repair or repairability policy approach in Canada. The focus will be on sustainability, usability and interoperability.

The initiative, launched by François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, and Steven Guilbeault, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change, aims to give consumers more choice and information about repair options for products they buy from retailers.

When Canadians can more easily repair products like washing machines or cell phones, it saves them from purchasing expensive replacements and keeps waste from ending up in landfills.

Feedback for the consultation can be submitted online until 26 September 2024.

Champagne noted, “Canadian consumers expect their digital devices and home appliances to last and be repairable.”

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Guilbeault added: “We need to rethink how we produce and consume products to keep them in the economy and out of landfills for as long as possible. By throwing away fewer appliances and devices, we use our resources more wisely and efficiently, while reducing pollution and protecting our environment.”

Laws have been introduced worldwide to guarantee the right to repair. In Europe, manufacturers are legally obliged to supply spare parts for up to ten years.

According to the Commission, retailers and manufacturers could strategically adjust the prices of new products to limit their foreseeable profit losses resulting from the right to repair legislation. Harvard Business Review.