How to dispute your grain grade in eastern Canada

If you disagree with an elevator’s assessment of your grain’s quality in eastern Canada, your options for disputing their assessment depend on where you are delivering your grain.

At a terminal elevator licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission

If you are making a direct truck delivery of eastern grain to a Canadian Grain Commission-licensed terminal elevator, you have the right to dispute the elevator’s assessment of your grain’s quality. Either you or the terminal elevator operator can request the service and send a sample to the Canadian Grain Commission.

The process to dispute your grain’s grade at a terminal elevator is different depending on whether the grain sample is official or unofficial. If the sample was taken in accordance with Chapter 2 of the Sampling Systems Handbook and Approval Guide using Canadian Grain Commission-approved procedures and equipment, the sample is official. If the sample was taken in any other manner, the sample is unofficial.

To dispute your grain’s assessment:

  1. tell the terminal elevator operator that you disagree with the grade, moisture or protein assessment or dockage
  2. ask the terminal elevator operator to send a representative sample of your grain to the Canadian Grain Commission for inspection

The terminal elevator operator is responsible for sending a sample of your grain to the Canadian Grain Commission for inspection. The operator will give you an interim elevator receipt.

Receiving your grain inspection results

Once the service centre receives your sample, a Canadian Grain Commission inspector will inspect the sample and determine the grade, dockage, and/or other grading factors as requested.

If your sample is unofficial, the inspector will send an inspection certificate with the results to the person who requested the service. Inspections of an unofficial sample are not official or binding. The certificate only applies to the sample submitted and not to the entire lot of grain from which the sample was taken.

If your sample is official, the inspector will issue an Inward Reinspection Certificate to both parties named on the I-136 form. If the grade assigned by the Canadian Grain Commission is different from the original grade assigned to the sample, all inspection certificates and other documents relating to the grain must be revised. The Canadian Grain Commission inspector’s determination is final and binding.

At a primary elevator not licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission

Ontario

In Ontario, grain grading disputes at primary elevators not licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission are determined according to the Ontario Agri Business Association’s Code of Practice for Trade in barley, canola, corn, oats and wheat in Ontario.

Contact the Ontario Agri Business Association for more information.

Quebec

In Quebec, grain grading disputes at primary elevators not-licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission are determined by the Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec (French only). If you disagree with the assessment of your grain at a Régie-licensed elevator, you may request that the Régie designate a person to review the assessment.

Contact the Régie des marchés agricoles et alimentaires du Québec (French only) for more information.

Atlantic Canada

In Atlantic Canada, grades at primary elevators not licensed by the Canadian Grain Commission can be disputed by applying to the New Brunswick Grain Commission.

Contact the New Brunswick Grain Commission for more information.

Contact us

Derek Bunkowsky

Chief Grain Inspector for Canada
Telephone: 204-983-2780
Email: derek.bunkowsky@grainscanada.gc.ca

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