Grain industry act upgrade will benefit producers: CGC

Modernization would allow the commission to respond to quality complaints

The Canadian Grain Commission is eagerly anticipating the changes that will be coming in new federal legislation.

Rémi Gosselin, the grain commission’s communications manager, said Bill C-48, the Modernization of Canada’s Grain Industry Act, will comprehensively update the Canada Grain Act by proposing to:

  • Enhance producer protections.
  • Enhance grain quality and grain safety assurance programming.
  • Modernize the Canada Grain Act.

Gosselin said the producer protection changes will allow the commission to administer a producer compensation fund.

“It builds on the 2012 commitment to deliver a less costly producer payment tool that could work in conjunction with an insurance-based regime,” he said.

It would also extend producer access to all licensed facilities and remove inconsistency in producer treatment.

“It would now apply to grain dealers, process elevators and grain container loading facilities.”

The grain quality and safety assurance changes would create a new license, called “container loading elevators.”

This licence would extend producer protections and mandatory statistical reporting to elevators.

“It would also facilitate the CGC’s ability to respond to quality complaints on the increased volume of grain that’s being shipped by containers today in Canada,” he said.

Changes under this section would also allow the grain commission to monitor and test for grain safety issues in Eastern Canada, even in unlicensed facilities.

“(It) would only be used after consultations with eastern stakeholder groups in the provinces,” said Gosselin.

Gosselin said the modernization changes would clarify the commission’s mandate that it works in the public interest. It would clearly portray the producer protections that exist within the act.

The changes would permit the use of declarations when producers deliver grain to CGC licensed facilities.

“In order to protect the integrity of our quality assurance system, it would allow licensees to refuse deliveries of unregistered varieties of grain.”

A non-binding decision review process would be established so that stakeholders who want to appeal a CGC decision don’t have to go to the courts to resolve the issue.

“We feel that these amendments are positive and would align the CGC and Canada Grain Act with the needs of the grain sector in general,” said Gosselin.

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