Changes to Canada’s Grain Industry Act were introduced last month in the House of Commons by the Government of Canada. These changes will enhance Canadian grain quality and grain safety assurance, as well as increase protection for Canadian grain producers. This Bill will continue to modernize the Canadian grain industry, ensuring international grain importers are receiving top quality grain using the most effective processes possible.
Changes are to make the monitoring of grain safety more consistent throughout Canada. It will also allow for more effective enforcements of violations under the Canada Grain Act, Canada Grain Regulations and orders issued by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC).
The CGC is the federal agency responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada’s grain quality standards and regulating the grain handling process to provide a reliable product for domestic and export markets.
Grain safety includes monitoring, research and testing grain for toxic substances. These amendments to the Canada Grain Act will further ensure to purchasers of Canadian grain that it is a safe commodity, free of contamination.
The amendments would also allow the CGC to build a compensation fund for producers that would protect them if a licensee fails to pay for grain deliveries. The access producers have for determining grade and dockage for deliveries will now include process elevators, grain dealers and more container loading facilities. Furthermore, container loading facilities will have a new class of license, which will be brought under producer payment protection programs. All of these improvements will enhance the Canadian grain export process and benefit international customers.
“Canadian grain farmers drive our economy and this is one of the many ways we are modernizing the sector to make it more competitive. This legislation will continue to modernize the organizations that support the Canadian grain sector and enhance Canada’s excellent reputation around the world as a supplier of consistent, safe and high-quality grains.” – Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz.
This Bill is to build upon amendments that were made to the Canada Grain Act in October 2012 as part of the Jobs and Growth Act. The 2012 changes were the first changes to be made in over 40 years, streamlined the operations of the CGC and eliminated unnecessary costs to Canadian grain producers.
“We are helping our farmers and the grain industry continue to fuel our economy and remain competitive both at home and abroad,” said Ritz in 2012. “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 introduced last month are part of the Government’s commitment to the Canadian grain sector. They hope to enhance regulatory modernization, investments in science and research and trade and market access.
Exporters of Quality Canadian Grain
Barr-AG is an exporter of Canadian Grains to countries around the globe. Canadian grains including oats, barley, wheat and oil seed crops such as flax and canola, are all either produced on a Barr-AG farm or purchased and stored (from Canadian Farmers) and then exported Internationally.
Barr-Ag and our local network of Canadian Farm Producers all follow our growing protocols and adhere to our quality control standards. All of our grains, oil seeds and pulse crops are non-GMO.
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Sources: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=913119 http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?nid=702119, http://www.grainscanada.gc.ca/quality-qualite/gs-sg-eng.htm