The new Farm Implement and Dealership Act will come into force this year.
The new act, which combines the old Farm Implement Dealerships Act and the Farm Implement Act, came into effect in December when Bill 6, the Statutes Amendment Act, received royal assent. Bill 6 also includes numerous changes to sections of the former Farm Implement Act.
“The revised statute addresses gaps in the legislation and adds more clarity,” said Jeana Les of the Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO). “This legislation has been around since the mid-1960s and, like any good legislation, it needs to keep evolving to meet the realities we’re facing. We’ve also taken this opportunity to make our Farm Implement and Dealership Act more consistent with equivalent legislation in Saskatchewan, Ontario, and Manitoba.”
The legislation establishes minimum requirements for sale agreements, warranties, and availability of spare parts, and also provides a mechanism for resolving disputes regarding farm implements, said Les.
The FAO administers the act and provides support to the Farm Implement Board, employs a farm implement inspector, and manages licensing for dealers and distributors. The Farm Implement Board is comprised of three farmers, three industry representatives, and one member appointed by the provincial agriculture minister.
“The FAO strives to resolve complaints through the farm implement inspector to help limit costs and ensure expediency for affected farmers,” said Les. “In 2013-14, the farm implement inspector spoke with approximately 240 different farmers and agribusiness owners, mediated 155 disputes, and completed over 20 farm implement inspections. As a result, the Farm Implement Board did not need to review any disputes in 2013-14.”
More information on these changes is available on the FAO website at www.farmersadvocate.gov.ab.ca. The new legislation will come into force in 2015, once the required amendments to the regulation are completed to align with the amended legislation. Updated copies of the Farm Implement and Dealership Act will also be available on the FAO website once they become available.
For more information, email the FAO or call 310-FARM (3276).