New e-labelling rules will reduce costs for manufacturers and enable more choice for consumers on the latest high-tech devices
October 3, 2014 – Waterloo, Ontario – Industry Canada
Industry Minister James Moore was at the University of Waterloo today to unveil new electronic labelling regulations for telecommunication devices.
In today's digital world, Canadians own smaller devices that have more functionality than ever before: light smartphones, tablets, smartwatches and wearable glucose monitors. Manufacturers of these devices are increasingly burdened by the need to etch, engrave or use unsightly stickers to label this technology. In some cases, devices marketed in other areas of the world cannot enter Canadian markets because of excessive bureaucracy that requires the label to be visible on the actual device. This has resulted in a drain on productivity and less choice for Canadian consumers.
Effective today, technology manufacturers will be able to give consumers mandatory information about their devices electronically. Canada is the sixth county worldwide to bring in e-labelling, opening Canada's markets to the latest wireless wearable devices such as Google Glass and Apple Watch.
Electronic labelling—or e-labelling—can provide more information to consumers. Manufacturers can now add details about device warranties or even update labels remotely to address any inaccuracies, such as typographical errors.
These regulations will bring benefits for businesses and consumers and put Canada at the front of the pack in today's global digital economy. By allowing manufacturers to use e-labelling, the government is reducing costs, administrative burdens and barriers to market for businesses, enabling them to get products into the hands of consumers more quickly. This is also a key component of the government's Red Tape Reduction Action Plan, which aims to spur the economy by removing unnecessary paperwork.
Office of the Minister of Industry