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Fortis Alberta logoThe in-person Repair Café is back! Please wear a mask, and please practice physical distancing while at the Café.

Items that are accepted at Repair Café events: 

  • Electronics such as gaming consoles, CD player, DVD player, camera, adaptor cord,etc.
  • Bikes! Does your bike need a simple fix or a tune up? 
  • Small appliances such as toasters, coffee makers, lamps, waffle makers...you get the idea!
  • Smaller pieces of furniture such as small wooden furniture pieces, a clock, or a plastic item that needs some crazy glue. 
  • Toys! Whether it needs glue or some wire soldering, we can try to repair it! 
  • Clothing or housewares (clean please!) that need mending. Full alterations will not be done.

Items not allowed:

  • Microwaves
  • Vacuums

Please use the "Schedule Appointment" button below to reserve your spot at the Repair Cafe.

  • The "schedule appointment" button will be available for the 2021 Repair Cafe after the event has been announced

House Rules

  • The work carried out in the Repair Café is free-of-charge on a voluntary basis by the fixers at hand.
  • Visitors offering broken items for repair do so at their own risk. Experts making repairs offer no guarantee for the repairs carried out with their help and are not liable if objects that are repaired in the Repair Café turn out not to work properly at home.
  • Fixers are entitled to refuse to repair certain objects, at their own discretion.
  • Fixers are not obliged to reassemble disassembled appliances that cannot be repaired.
  • Visitors to the Repair Café are solely responsible for the tidy removal of broken objects that could not be repaired. The Town will help direct visitors on where to take items when they can not be repaired.
  • New parts or materials known to be required for a repair shall be provided by the visitor.

Will my item be fixed?

We will do our best to repair your broken item with the skills of one of our fixers. Not all broken items can be repaired. It will still be your reasonability to dispose of it properly. Not sure where to dispose of it? Download the Okotoks Waste App for great direction.

A big thanks to Fortis Alberta for sponsoring the Repair Café events!

Fortis Alberta logo


DIY Repairs

If you are self-isolating or would rather not come to the Repair Café , it doesn’t mean that your broken items can’t get fixed! The power to fix your broken stuff is in your own hands, you just didn’t know it. Check out the links to popular repair website below and be ready to be amazed at what you can do.

https://www.ifixit.com/

https://wiki.restarters.net/Main_Page


 

What is a Repair Café?

A Repair Café is an event where people in our community can bring broken things from home to be repaired by volunteers, for FREE! 

It is also a place where people can learn from volunteers how to fix common items they find in their homes. Very few people even think about the possibility of repairing their broken products. Most people no longer know how to repair things.  Instead of throwing items away, they are given a second life at the Repair Café and aren’t needlessly thrown away in the landfill.


    Be a volunteer!

    Do you have handy skills you'd like to volunteer? Or just want to find a way to play a little part in giving back to the environment? We'd love to have you join the team as a fixer coach, greeter or at the registration table.

    Call 403-938-8936 or apply online using the links below:

    Fixer Coach

    Greeter or registration


    The origins of the Repair Café

    The Repair Café concept comes from the Netherlands. It was formulated in 2009 by Martine Postma, at the time an Amsterdam-based journalist/publicist. She hit on the idea of setting up low-key meeting places nationwide where neighbours could repair their broken items themselves supported by specialists and in a relaxed atmosphere. The very first Repair Café was held in Amsterdam on 18 October 2009.

    Event type
    Community, Sustainablility, Town of Okotoks