Amendments to the Canada Grain Regulations – Declaration Respecting Grain

Enabling act

Canada Grain Act


The proposed regulatory amendment would adjust the kinds of grain designated under the Canada Grain Act for which a grain delivery declaration is required. A list of grains would be incorporated by reference for which a declaration must be made and provided, established by the Commission and available on the Canadian Grain Commission website. The proposal recognizes that a declaration may not be needed for all grain kinds to protect the integrity of the Canadian grain quality assurance system, while improving flexibility and responsiveness to grain sector needs.

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

Amending the declaration obligation would benefit both western and eastern grain sector stakeholders as it would provide the Canadian Grain Commission with increased flexibility to adjust the grain kinds for which a declaration is required. This could reduce compliance burden in comparison to the current regulatory requirements for declarations. The costs of the proposal to all stakeholder groups, including the Canadian Grain Commission, are anticipated to be negligible.

Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic and international)

This proposal is consistent with Canada’s CUSMA trade obligations under Article 2.3, paragraph 1 (national treatment).


Eastern Canadian grain sector stakeholders have expressed concerns with the rationale for the declaration requirement in eastern Canada. Several western commodity organizations have also identified concerns with the applicability of declarations to all grains under the Canada Grain Act. Consultations on the proposal have been held with impacted stakeholders. Further public consultations via pre-publication in the Canada Gazette, Part I are not required.

Further information

Regulatory amendments are targeted to come into force July 1, 2022. Further information on this proposal can be requested from the Canadian Grain Commission.

Contact information

Melanie Gustafson
Senior Policy Analyst
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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