The ABA’s technology journal has an article advocating legislation to give consumers (or everybody) a right to repair their devices. What this does is prohibit manufacturers from making their devices impossible or dauntingly difficult for the owner to repair, and often for professional mechanics to do as well.
The article gives several examples of the difficulties deliberately created by manufacturers to this end. Its focus is electronic devices, but many other types of goods have also raised the question.
Sometimes repairs can be done by service centres related to the manufacturer, but even then the repairs can be very expensive, by design.
Some US states have legislation intended to permit do-it-yourself repairs by owners, generally or just for vehicles (a provision added in 2015).
Sometimes difficulties are created by the use of computers in products, where the manufacturers claim that it would violate their copyright for the owner to modify the software to carry out repairs. This issue has been debated over the years in the US, when the triennial exemptions from the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) anti-avoidance rules are updated.
In other instances the difficulties are ‘purely’ mechanical.
Should Canada have such legislation? If so, is there a priority target for it? Are there areas that should not be legislated on?
And, of course, being Canada, would it be federal or provincial/territorial legislation?