New legislation protects Canadian consumers from vehicle defects

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Legislation will allow Minister of Transport to order unsafe vehicles off Canadian roads

May 11, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Transport Canada

The Government of Canada today introduced new legislation to increase Canada’s powers to protect Canadians from vehicle defects.

The proposed legislation –the Strengthening Motor Vehicle Safety for Canadians Act– aims to keep our roads safe, protect Canadian consumers, and would give the Minister power to:

  • order a company to issue a recall;
  • make companies repair a recalled vehicle at no cost to the consumer; and
  • prevent new vehicles from being sold in Canada until they are repaired.

Additional changes include the ability to impose monetary penalties (fines) for violations of the Act and the ability to leverage those fines to require companies to take additional safety action.

The bill was introduced today in the Senate by Senator Peter Harder. Due to the high volume of legislative items on the House of Commons agenda, the Government of Canada opted to first introduce the bill in the Senate in order to quickly initiate the legislative process. Once approved by the Senate, the bill will be sent to the House of Commons to complete the legislative process.


“Canadians deserve to know the vehicles they use to drive their families around and commute to and from work are safe and defect free. When an issue is discovered and confirmed, Canadians can count on Transport Canada to take swift action and ensure it will be repaired at the manufacturer’s expense.”
The Honourable Marc Garneau
Minister of Transport

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