Update, June 12: Thanks to the contributions of over 100 OpenMedia community members and iFixit, we were able to commision a poll that shows that 75% of people across Canada would support Right to Repair legislation in Canada. You can see the results by clicking here.
The right to repair movement is growing across North America and Europe. Already, the European Union and at least 20 U.S. states are trying to pass strong right to repair legislation to enshrine this right into law.1
Canada just had its first right to repair bill tabled in the Ontario parliament by MPP Michael Coteau.2 This is a huge milestone for anyone who has tried to repair products they own only to realize it’s prohibitively expensive or outright impossible.
But this is not enough. We need federal legislation that gives everyone across Canada the right to repair!
Why should our MPs care? Here are a few reasons:
- Jobs: Hundreds of thousands of people across Canada are employed by the repair and second-hand market industry. As products become more disposable and companies restrict who can and cannot repair products, small community businesses are forced to shut down. Imagine if your local mechanic could no longer service your car and you had to take your car to the official dealership across town every time you needed an oil change!
- E-waste: When our products are too expensive or impossible to repair, we are forced to throw these out and buy new ones. This is creating a huge global e-waste problem that could be drastically reduced with sensible right to repair legislation.3
- Affordability: Low and middle income people are already struggling to survive in today’s economy. By making products more expensive to repair or disposable, people are forced to replace their products more often, increasing the cost of ownership.
- People in Canada want it: This is a policy that has widespread support across the political spectrum and it’s a growing movement. To such an extent that legislators across the US and the EU are already looking into implementing right to repair legislation in their jurisdictions despite the massive industry lobby trying to stop these bills to protect their profits.