‘Lemon law’ proposed to protect consumers

Industry Updates

The Province of Quebec just adopted major updates to its consumer protection legislation, introducing Right to Repair amendments, and Canada’s first protection specifically for buyers of new vehicles that turn out to be lemons. The time and mileage warranty for used vehicles was extended: going forward, used vehicles up to 7 years or 120,000 km must have a minimum 30 day or 1,700 km complete warranty. No other province comes close. The changes are among the most significant to Quebec’s Consumer Protection Act since it was introduced 45 years ago. The amendments were adopted by all parties unanimously and in record time — less than 150 days for consumer measures that are currently contentions in the United States, and that no other province has dared implement. 

Right to Repair

New Right to Repair provisions will require retailers or manufacturers to provide the technical information necessary to diagnose and fix broken items; replacement parts will have to be reasonably priced, and special tools required to complete a repair must be made available to third parties. In addition to automobiles, the Right to Repair provisions will cover large appliances, and electronics like cellular phones. 

To learn more about the changes, listen to the interview with APA Director, George Iny, on CBC’s The Current

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