Amendments to the Canada Grain Regulations – Modernize ‘Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage’ provisions

Enabling act

Canada Grain Act


The proposed regulatory amendments would provide clarity on process and timing with respect to sampling on delivery and to the Canadian Grain Commission’s ‘subject to inspector’s grade and dockage’ binding arbitration service. ‘Subject to inspector’s grade and dockage’ is an important producer protection tool for arbitrating disputes between producers and elevator operators who cannot otherwise agree on a grade or dockage for a delivery of grain. The existing ‘subject to inspector’s grade and dockage’ provision is relatively narrow and prescriptive in scope. The proposal supports the Canadian Grain Commission’s commitment to modernizing the Canadian grain grading system, improving predictability for producers, and better reflecting and keeping pace with the operational realities of grain handling and delivery.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Updating the ‘subject to inspector’s grade and dockage’ service to reflect the modern demands of Canada’s grain handling and delivery system would benefit all stakeholders by providing clarity around the process and timing of sampling and sample retention. This would improve transparency between producers and Canadian Grain Commission licensees. The costs of the proposal to all stakeholder groups, including the Canadian Grain Commission, are anticipated to be minimal.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

Not applicable.


Several stakeholders have expressed concerns about timing and sample retention requirements outlined in the Canada Grain Regulations. Formal consultations on the proposal are planned with all impacted stakeholders. Additionally, proposed amendments would be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part 1 for public consultation.

Further information

Further information on this proposal 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

April 28, 2021

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