December 11, 2014

Proposed modernization of the Canada Grain Act has the potential to benefit Canadian grain growers

OTTAWA, December 11, 2014 – Bill C-48, The Modernization of Canada’s Grain Industry Act, tabled this week in the House of Commons contains proposed changes which are welcomed by the Grain Growers of Canada.

This Act is another step in the modernization of the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) and will help to reinforce Canada’s reputation as a reliable exporter of top quality grain.

“Canadian farmers are proud of the strong international reputation we have worked hard to earn,” said Grain Growers of Canada President Gary Stanford. “The CGC is a key player in maintaining that good standing.”

Among other measures, Bill C-48 would grant authority to the CGC to administer a Producer Compensation Fund to protect producers in the event that a licensee refuses to pay for grain deliveries, and also extends the right for a producer to seek binding determination of grade and dockage on deliveries to processing facilities, grain dealers, and container loading elevators. Both proposals have the potential to directly enhance producer income security.

The Grain Growers are looking forward to consultations with government which will provide clarification on specific elements in the Act. This engagement process is vital to ensuring that Bill C-48 will benefit all stakeholders.

“We expect to hold productive conversations throughout this process as we work to get it right for everyone,” concluded Mr. Stanford.

The 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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