Canadian wheat class modernization

Consultations

Consultations

2017 consultation

Consultation period: March 20, 2017 to May 20, 2017

Objective of proposal:

  • add a new wheat class to address requests from eastern stakeholders for innovative alternatives to meet evolving wheat markets
  • ensure that eastern wheat classes continue to meet Canada’s wheat production, handling, marketing, processing and export needs
  • provide the appropriate marketing framework for maximizing returns throughout the entire value chain into the future

Comment period ended. This document is provided for reference purposes only.

2015 consultation

Consultation period: February 20, 2015 to April 20, 2015

Objective of proposal:

  • review the current Canadian wheat classes
  • maintain the quality and enhance the consistency of Canadian wheat classes to support marketability
  • add a new wheat class to address emerging requests from producers and markets

Comment period ended. The document is provided for reference purposes only.

Consultation feedback

Feedback from 2015 consultation

From February 20 to April 20, 2015, we consulted with you (grain handlers, processors, marketers, developers, producers and end-use customers) on our proposal to modernize Canada’s wheat class system. We thank all of those who gave us their comments.

Next steps

Next steps

In January 2016, the Canadian Grain Commission began implementing a plan to modernize Canada’s wheat classes. The plan reflects feedback from consultations in early 2015, followed by discussions with stakeholders on a proposed plan, as well as a scan of international markets conducted by Cereals Canada and the Canadian International Grains Institute.

The plan has been designed to:

  • support Canada’s wheat production, handling, marketing, processing and export needs
  • provide a balanced solution for stakeholders while supporting future marketability for the entire value chain
  • provide clarity and efficiency to the variety registration testing requirements

Western wheat classes

The plan includes the following next steps:

  • effective August 1, 2018, 25 varieties of Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and 4 varieties of Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat will move to the Canada Northern Hard Red (CNHR) class
  • effective August 1, 2019, AC Crystal, a variety of Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat will move to the Canada Northern Hard Red (CNHR) class

Eastern wheat classes

As a follow-up to changes implemented after the 2015 consultation, and in response to stakeholder requests for more flexibility in Canada’s eastern wheat classes, the Canadian Grain Commission consulted with stakeholders on its proposal to introduce a new eastern wheat class. The consultation ran from March 20 to May 20, 2017.

Based on stakeholder feedback, the Canadian Grain Commission is not moving forward with the development of a Canada Eastern Special Purpose wheat class at this time. To maximize value for eastern Canadian producers and the wheat sector, the Canadian Grain Commission plans to work in collaboration with eastern stakeholders to review and evaluate the existing wheat class structure.

The Canadian Grain Commission will continue ongoing discussions with stakeholders and communicate clear information and procedures to the entire domestic and international wheat value chains. The Canadian Grain Commission may proceed as required with a review of the other wheat classes and variety trials to ensure appropriate class placement for varieties.

Variety designation changes

Variety designation changes

Following the 2015 consultation, the Canadian Grain Commission continued discussions with affected value chain stakeholders including breeders, variety owners, grain companies, producer groups, and Cereals Canada.

On January 15, 2016, the Canadian Grain Commission announced the implementation of the Canada Northern Hard Red and Canada Western Special Purpose wheat classes. These classes came into effect on August 1, 2016.

Varieties transitioning to Canada Northern Hard Red (CNHR) class

As of August 1, 2018

From Canada Western Red Spring

  • AC Abbey
  • AC Cora
  • AC Eatonia
  • AC Majestic
  • AC Michael
  • AC Minto
  • Alvena
  • Alikat
  • CDC Makwa
  • CDC Osler
  • Columbus
  • Conway
  • Harvest
  • Kane
  • Katepwa
  • Leader
  • Lillian
  • McKenzie
  • Neepawa
  • Park
  • Pasqua
  • Pembina
  • Thatcher
  • Unity
  • 5603HR

From Canada Prairie Spring Red

  • AC Foremost
  • AC Taber
  • Conquer
  • Oslo

As of August 1, 2019

From Canada Prairie Spring Red

  • AC Crystal

Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) varieties under review

In January 2016, the Canadian Grain Commission initiated a review of Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) varieties for which more quality data is needed before a decision is made about their class designation. The review may continue for a period of up to 2 years. These varieties will remain in their designated classes unless an evaluation shows they do not meet the revised quality parameters for the Canada Western Red Spring (CWRS) and Canada Prairie Spring Red (CPSR) wheat classes. At least 2 years’ notice will be given before any of these varieties is designated to another class.

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