Monthly Archives: April 2013

Amendments to the Canada Grain Act

Streamlined services from the Canadian Grain Commission to begin August 1, 2013.

Amendments to the Canada Grain Act were introduced in parliament by the Harper Government last fall.  These were the first substantial changes made to the Canada Grain Act in over 40 years and were part of the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012.  Parliament passed these amendments late last year, however the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) expects amendments to be brought into force for August 1, 2013.

A press release was issued last year by Agriculture and Agri-food Canada outlining how the Harper Government plans to streamline the operations of the CGC.  They hope to reduce the grain handling system costs by about $20 million each year by modernizing processes within the grain industry.

“We are helping our farmers and the grain industry continue to fuel our economy and remain competitive both at home and abroad,” said Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz. “Through these changes, the Harper Government is delivering on its commitment to modernize the grain sector and grow Canada’s competitive advantage, which will boost the economy for all Canadians.”

The changes were proposed after the CGC received feedback from the grain sector during their user fees consultation.  Industry stakeholders were also given the chance to come forward with input of the CGC’s new user fees, encouraging further improvements to CGC operations.

The amendments include the passage of the Marketing Freedom for Grain Farmers Act, further support of market development, and eliminating unnecessary services that are no longer used in the modern grain industry.

Specifically, the responsibility for inward inspection and inward weighing from the CGC has been moved to the private sector and the Canada Grain Act has been changed to allow for insurance-based producer payment protection which will replace the current Payment Protection Program.  Read the full summary of amendments to the Canada Grain Act made in Division 19 of Part 4 of the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012.

The CGC also created tables that explain each change and streamlined service.  You can read about the current service, how it will be changed, and the rationale behind the change.  (Read more…)

Will these changes impact the quality of Canada’s grain or the integrity of the Canadian grain industry?

International importers of Canadian grain can be confident knowing that the Canadian Grain Commission will continue to uphold the grain quality assurance system.  The reputation of Canadian grain will stay strong as the CGC remains responsible for maintaining the high quality, safety and dependability of Canadian grain shipments.

Barr-Ag exports grains such as: oats, barley, and wheat.  Other products including flax, peas, and canola come from our local network of growers who all follow our strict protocol and quality control standards.  All of our grains, oil seeds and pulse crops are non-GMO. We specialize in containerizing and loading these products in 20 or 40 foot containers for international shipping and take care of the necessary customs documents.

For more information contact Barr-Ag Hay & Grain Exporters today.

 

Sources:
Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada: http://www1.agric.gov.ab.ca/$department/deptdocs.nsf/all/agdex13645
Canadian Grain Commission: http://www.grainscanada.gc.ca/legislation-legislation/cga-lgc/qa-qr-eng.htm