Frequently Asked Questions – Regulations
The FAQs below are meant to provide Canadians and businesses with basic information about the Canadian Grain Commission’s regulations.
1. What is the purpose of these regulations?
The Canada Grain Regulations fall under the Canada Grain Act (CGA) and set out the framework for grain handling in Canada. Under the CGA, the Canadian Grain Commission regulates the handling of 20 grainsFootnote 1 grown in Canada to ensure Canada’s grain is safe, reliable, marketable and Canadian grain producers are protected.
2. What are the key elements of these regulations?
Key elements of this set of regulations include:
- the fees of the Commission; grain grades, grading and inspection;
- conditions of licensing;
- elevators, grain dealers and grain handling; and
- the transportation of grain.
3. How do these regulations affect Canadian businesses?
The Canada Grain Regulations provide the framework for the following initiatives:
- Grain quality and quantity assurance programs for grain handling in Canada;
- Scientific research to understand all aspects of grain quality and grain safety and to support the grain grading system; and
- Producer protection programs and safeguards to ensure producers are properly compensated for the quality and quantity of the grain delivered to licensed grain elevators and grain dealers. This includes the licensing and security program, the producer car allocation program, and the producer support program.
4. What is the timeline for implementation?
These regulations were last amended on August 1, 2015.
5. Where can I get more information?
For questions regarding the Canada Grain Regulations contact us.
- Footnote 1
Grains refer to any seed designated by regulation as grain for the purposes of CGA. This includes barley, beans, buckwheat, canola, chickpeas, corn, fababeans, flaxseed, lentils, mixed grain, mustard seed, oats, peas, rapeseed, rye, safflower seed, soybeans, sunflower seed, triticale and wheat.
For more information
- The Cabinet Directive on Regulatory Management
- The Red Tape Reduction Action Plan
- The Canada–United States Regulatory Cooperation Council
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