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Farm implements – Dealer and distributor licensing

Legislating the licensing of farm implement dealers and distributors in Alberta provides consumer and vendor protection.

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All farm implement dealers and distributors operating within the province of Alberta must be licensed under the Farm Implement and Dealership Act. The act is administered by the Farmers’ Advocate Office (FAO). This legislation provides both farmers and implement dealers with financial and legal security when purchasing farm equipment. Conducting business with an unlicensed farm implement dealer or distributor does not provide protection under the Farm Implement and Dealership Act.

Licensed dealers and distributors

Part of making an informed decision when purchasing a new piece of farm equipment is checking to see if the dealer or distributor is licensed. View the lists of licensed dealers and distributors:

How to get a licence

Dealer and distributor licences are issued annually. For new licences, contact the FAO to get an application form. For existing licences, a renewal form will be sent to you automatically. In accordance with the Farm Implement and Dealership Act, dealers and distributors are required to pay the non-refundable fees and levies as outlined in Table 1. A new business requiring a licence after the deadlines listed should contact the FAO for licence fee and levy amounts.

Table 1. Annual dealer and distributor fees and deadlines

Due with application by January 1, 2023
Early remittance fees
Due with application by December 15, 2022
Licence$100 per year$100 per year
  • Fee for licence to operate, sell, distribute or manufacture new farm implements in Alberta.
Levy$450 per year$200 per year
  • Levy supports the Farm Implement Compensation Fund
  • Levy is set by the Farm Implement Board based on claims paid out in the previous year or potential upcoming claims
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Notice of Failure to Perform

Purchasers can take these steps to have farm equipment repaired, replaced or refunded if it does not perform as intended.

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Connect with the FAO:

Hours: 8:15 am to 4:30 pm (open Monday to Friday, closed statutory holidays)
Toll free: 310-FARM (3276) (in Alberta)
Phone: 403-742-7901 (outside Alberta)
Email: [email protected] or Ask us a question online

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Mailing address:
J.G. O'Donoghue Building
7000 113 Street
Edmonton, Alberta  T6H 5T6

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