Industry Canada

Industry Canada

September 29, 2009 14:31 ET

Minister of Industry Applauds Voluntary Accord on Access to Vehicle Repair Information

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Sept. 29, 2009) - Industry Minister Tony Clement today welcomed the news that vehicle manufacturers in Canada have come to a voluntary agreement to equip independent service and repair providers with access to important information and tools for the repair of vehicles.

"This accord is a victory for consumers," said Minister Clement, at a press conference held at Rolland Levesque & Sons garage, in Ottawa. "It maintains choice in the vehicle repair marketplace by providing independent repair shops with access to the same information and tools as dealerships."

Minister Clement wrote to all car manufacturers earlier this year asking them to find a solution to the issue, referred to as "right to repair." This voluntary system is fashioned after a similar agreement in the United States. It was negotiated and signed by the Association of International Automobile Manufacturers of Canada and the Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers' Association, which represent every vehicle manufacturer and distributor in Canada, and the National Automotive Trades Association, which represents the aftermarket service sector.

Vehicle manufacturers and the aftermarket sector in the United States worked together to develop the National Automotive Service Task Force.

The federal government places a high importance on consumer protection and support for a fair, efficient and competitive marketplace in Canada. This agreement provides an environment for independent service providers to compete directly and provide consumers with quality service and choice.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Tony Clement
    Minister of Industry
    Lynn Meahan - Press Secretary
    Industry Canada
    Media Relations