Three-quarters of Canadians want legislative fix for hard-to-repair electronics: poll

Three-quarters of Canadians want legislative fix for hard-to-repair electronics: poll
The other co-sponsor, iFixit, is well-known for buying the latest devices, breaking them down and posting do-it-yourself repair videos online.

The two groups have been pushing for “right to repair” legislation to be adopted in the United States and are hoping to fix things in Canada as well.

“Manufacturers should be required to release repair information for products they sell,” said Samayoa.

Samayoa said similar legislation was adopted in the automotive industry, which has provided mechanics the knowledge and tools to repair vehicles of all makes and models.

Seventy-five per cent of Canadians polled said they would support “right to repair” legislation in Canada.

Nearly 12,000 people have signed a petition that will be sent to Canada’s Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development Navdeep Bains.

Zhang said it often takes a half-dozen tools just to open up some of new devices, only to find there’s little he can do but recycle the parts for the metals.

While he enjoys the challenge, he knows something as simple as a battery replacement shouldn’t be that difficult.

“Ninety-nine per cent of people, we’re just customers,” Zhang said. “We’re just trying to use things longer.”
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