An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act (universal charger)

This bill was last introduced in the 40th Parliament, 3rd Session, which ended in March 2011.


Glenn Thibeault  NDP

Introduced as a private member’s bill. (These don’t often become law.)


Introduced, as of March 22, 2011
(This bill did not become law.)


This is from the published bill. The Library of Parliament often publishes better independent summaries.

This enactment amends the Telecommunications Act to require the Canadian Radio-television and Telecommunications Commission to make regulations by December 31, 2012 to provide for a universal charger for newly-manufactured cellular phones.


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Telecommunications ActRoutine Proceedings

March 22nd, 2011 / 10 a.m.
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Glenn Thibeault NDP Sudbury, ON

moved for leave to introduce Bill C-642, An Act to amend the Telecommunications Act (universal charger).

Mr. Speaker, I thank my colleague from Vancouver East for seconding my bill today.

The legislation would mandate the creation of a standardized universal cell phone charger for all new mobile phones sold in Canada. It would amend Canada's Telecommunications Act through the inclusion of specific language that would compel cell phone manufacturers to create a standardized charger for newly manufactured cellular phones.

Standardizing cell phone chargers is long overdue for the Canadian telecom market. The creation of a universal battery charger would serve two goals. First, it would remove the financial burden from consumers who are almost always compelled to purchase a new charger when their old phone is broken or lost. Second, it would also significantly reduce the volume of electronic waste that Canadian consumers are sending to landfills with increasing regularity.

(Motions deemed adopted, bill read the first time and printed)