The right to repair is about the ability for farmers to fix their own products or using a third party without going to a dealership.
KAP supports the federal bill C-244.This bill would improve a farmer’s access to the right to repair.
Farmers in Manitoba operate machinery that often relies on complex technology. Farmers are likely to encounter challenges if they need to repair or service their machinery because of the proprietary technology incorporated within it.
Software in farm machinery is often encased with technological protection measures (TPMs) that may result in farmers requiring dealership assistance when a breakdown occurs. Unauthorized circumvention of a TPM would be viewed as copyright violation under existing legislation.
Equipment manufacturers will provide diagnostic manuals to farmers when requested. However, these manuals are often expensive ($1000+) with the repairs often requiring special tools only available through the manufacturer.