Saskatoon, SK, — Marie-Claude Bibeau, Canada's minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, announced Tuesday, Jan. 12, the launch of the consultation phase of the Canada Grain Act review while speaking at CropSphere's annual general meetings, hosted by the Saskatchewan Crop Organizations.
The consultation will allow the federal government to hear the perspectives of the grain sector on how to reform the Act. The consultation portion of the Canada Grain Act review will be held online until April 30, 2021.
The government is seeking feedback from grain industry stakeholders on ways to potentially update the legislation, which has largely been unchanged for almost half a century.
Views and suggestions from grain industry stakeholders will be analysed to determine what changes to the Act may be needed to help ensure Canada remains a strong competitor in the modern, global grain market.
The review will also complement the work being done by the Government's Agri-food and Aquaculture Regulatory Review Roadmap and the Economic Strategy Table for Agri-food.
"Our Government is inviting Canadian producers, grain handlers, processors, and exporters to share their views on possible changes to the Canada Grain Act. Together, we will help shape an innovative and modern regulatory system that safeguards grain farmers, grows Canada's reputation for grain quality and helps our grain industry compete with the world." - Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"The marketplace for grain has greatly evolved over the past half century, and now is the time for the Canada Grain Act to reflect that evolution. I encourage all those with a stake in Canada's grain industry to make their voices heard as part of this consultation." - Jim Carr, Special Representative for the Prairies
"The Canadian Grain Commission supports the review of the Canada Grain Act, and we look forward to working with AAFC and stakeholders to continue improving Canada's grain quality assurance system and protections for producers." - Doug Chorney, Chief Commissioner, Canadian Grain Commission
SOURCE: Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada