February 27, 2015

Grain Growers of Canada applaud passage of Bill C-18

OTTAWA, February 27, 2015 – Grain Growers of Canada (GGC) are pleased to welcome today’s announcement that Bill C-18, An Act to Amend Certain Acts Relating to Agriculture and Agri-Food (the Canadian Agricultural Growth Act) has received Royal Assent.

Among other amendments, the act provides crucial updates to the Plant Breeders Rights Act (PBR) and brings Canada in line with the 1991 Convention of the International Union for the Protection of New Varieties (UPOV’91). These changes will help Canada attract investment in research in plant breeding here at home.

“Farmers need access to the latest plant breeding innovations in order to remain globally competitive,” said Gary Stanford, GGC President. “At the same time, plant breeders need to know that their costly investments are protected. These changes to the PBR will provide this security – allowing grain growers to continue to work closely with our innovation partners.”

The government has also recognized that it is imperative for grain growers to continue to be able to store, clean and reuse their seeds. This legislation protects farmers by finally enshrining this into law.

In addition, GGC is pleased to see the changes to the Cash Advance Program, which will result in a reduced administrative burden on farmers. This will create a one-stop-shop and make the program more accessible and effective for all.

“Grain Growers appreciate Minister Ritz’s efforts to see this bill through,” continued Stanford. “These long-needed reforms will have positive and lasting impacts on the viability and prosperity of our entire sector.”

Now that C-18 has received Royal Assent, GGC looks forward to working closely with the federal government on the implementation of the act.

Grain Growers of Canada provides a strong national voice for over 50,000 active and successful grain, oilseed and pulse producers through its 14 provincial and regional grower groups, representing wheat, durum, barley, canola, oat, corn, soybean, pea, lentil, rye, and triticale farmers from across Canada. Our mission and mandate is to pursue a policy environment that maximizes global competitiveness and to influence federal policy on behalf of independent Canadian grain farmers and their associations.

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