Ottawa, Ontario – Legislation known as the “Right to Repair” bill, which would require car manufacturers to make diagnostic information, software and tools available to independent repair shops, will go to a vote in Parliament on May 13. Proponents of Bill C-273 said it protects Canadians’ right to choose where they repair their vehicles, while also preserving thousands of jobs.
The Automotive Industries Association of Canada (AIA Canada) said that while the use of electronics and computers on late-model vehicles has brought major benefits, it also threatens the competitiveness of the aftermarket for consumers, as car companies regularly withhold information, diagnostic tools and software from independent repair facilities and retail repair chains, making it impossible in many circumstances for the shops to complete repairs without sending the vehicle to a dealership. The bill will not change warranty work operations, which are largely done at dealerships.
“Passage of Bill C-273 is crucial to protecting jobs in Canada’s automotive industry,” said Marc Brazeau, president of AIA. “The automotive aftermarket employs 45 per cent of the entire automotive industry, for a total of more than 410,000 workers across Canada. Over the next few weeks, Canadian workers and business owners will be looking to Parliament to see if their segment of the industry has a future.”
AIA said that fewer choices and higher costs associated with withheld information mean many repairs will be delayed or ignored altogether, putting safety at risk and increasing the chance of poor quality emissions, along with less mobility for Canadians. For more information, visit AIA.