Amendments to the Canada Grain Regulations – Add canaryseed as a designated grain

Enabling act

Canada Grain Act


The proposal would amend the Canada Grain Regulations to designate canaryseed as a grain under the Canada Grain Act. Currently, canaryseed is the largest volume grain crop in Canada that is not covered under the Canada Grain Act. The proposed regulatory amendment is aligned with the Canadian Grain Commission’s commitment to modernize its regulatory framework to keep pace with the evolving grain sector with the aim to improve efficiency and responsiveness, reduce inconsistencies, and improve producer protections.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

The proposal would modernize the regulations to reflect the current operational realties of grain transactions. It would ensure that canaryseed producers are eligible for compensation under the Canadian Grain Commission’s Safeguards for Grain Farmers Program and for its other grain grading and quality assurance services. Canaryseed would be included in the calculation of security requirements for licensees, and producers would be eligible for security coverage should a licensee fail to pay for a delivery.

Adding canaryseed into the official grading system would have minimal administrative and compliance cost impacts for grain handling facilities that buy canary seed from producers.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

Not applicable.


Consultations have taken place with all affected grain sector stakeholders, including the Canary Seed Development Commission of Saskatchewan, all registered canaryseed buyers, third-party inspection companies, and the Western Standards Committee. All stakeholders were supportive of the proposed change. The proposed regulatory amendments were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on March 13, 2021.

Further information

Regulatory amendments are targeted to come into force on August 1, 2021. Additional information can be requested from the Canadian Grain Commission.

Contact information

Melanie Gustafson
A/Manager, Policy and Planning
Tel: 204-292-5721 / TTY: 1-866-317-4289

The date the regulatory initiative was first included in the Forward Regulatory Plan

September 22, 2020

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