Government Launches Consultation Phase Of Canada Grain Act Review

Jan 13, 2021

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On Tuesday, Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced the launch of the consultation phase of the Canada Grain Act review while speaking at CropSphere’s annual general meetings, hosted by the Saskatchewan Crop Organizations.
“Our Government is inviting Canadian producers, grain handlers, processors, and exporters to share their views on possible changes to the Canada Grain Act," said Bibeau. "Together, we will help shape an innovative and modern regulatory system that safeguards grain farmers, grows Canada’s reputation for grain quality and helps our grain industry compete with the world.”
The consultation will allow the federal government to hear the perspectives of the grain sector on how to reform the Act. The consultation portion of the Canada Grain Act review will be held online until April 30, 2021.
The government is seeking feedback from grain industry stakeholders on ways to potentially update the legislation, which has largely been unchanged for almost half a century.
Views and suggestions from grain industry stakeholders will be analysed to determine what changes to the Act may be needed to help ensure Canada remains a strong competitor in the modern, global grain market.
The review will also complement the work being done by the Government’s Agri-food and Aquaculture Regulatory Review Roadmap and the Economic Strategy Table for Agri-food.
The Canada Grain Act is the legislative and regulatory framework for grain quality assurance in Canada. The Act sets out the objectives and functions of the Canadian Grain Commission, which is responsible for regulating grain quality and handling in Canada to ensure a dependable commodity for domestic and export markets.
Under the Canada Grain Act, the Canadian Grain Commission is responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada’s grain grading system. The Commission also provides various safeguards for grain farmers.
Canadian grain production has increased significantly over the past decade. Canadian grain production was 93 million metric tonnes in 2020, compared to 69 million metric tonnes in 2010.
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