Consistent decimal precision in grading factors

As part of its grain grading modernization project, the Canadian Grain Commission reviewed the consistency of grading factor decimal precision in the Official Grain Grading Guide. The Canadian Grain Commission also reviewed its letters of analysis, certificates (for submitted and official samples) and IT inspection systems (Online Shipping Certification and Recording [OSCAR]) for consistency of decimal precision when reporting grading factor tolerances.

At the October 30, 2018 Eastern Standards Committee and November 1, 2018 Western Standards Committee meetings, the committees passed motions to align the decimal precision of every grading factor and to change tolerances to use the correct number of decimal places in each table. The Canadian Grain Commission submitted the necessary amendments to Schedule 3 of the Canada Grain Regulations to the Department of Justice.

These changes will take place in two phases.

Phase 1

  1. The Canadian Grain Commission has made the required updates to the OSCAR program using the current tolerances, and these updates will be effective on February 13, 2019.
  2. The adjustment of any decimal precision that does not require a tolerance change will be effective on February 13, 2019. The Official Grain Grading Guide will be updated to reflect these changes.

Phase 2

The following will be effective on July 1, 2019 in eastern Canada and on August 1, 2019 in western Canada.

  1. All tolerance changes required to align the decimal precision of every grading factor.
  2. The necessary amendments to Schedule 3 of the Canada Grain Regulations.

If you have any questions, you can contact Gino Castonguay, Chief Grain Inspector for Canada, at 204-983-2780 or gino.castonguay@grainscanada.gc.ca.

Gino Castonguay
Chief Grain Inspector for Canada

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