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Canadian Grain Commission seeks input from stakeholders

On March 1, the Canadian Grain Commission launched a consultation on proposed changes to its user fees and began a discussion about potential uses of surplus funds. Grain producers, farm groups, licensed grain companies and industry associations are invited to provide their input on proposed changes to Canadian Grain Commission user fees and service standards. The Canadian Grain Commission is proposing to reduce user fees for most of its services. The consultation closes on May 1, 2017.

They are also asking for input on potential uses for surplus funds. This discussion period also ends on May 1, 2017. Comments received will be reviewed before options for use of the available surplus are presented to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food.

Quick facts
·      Updating user fees is a regulatory process that requires the approval of the Governor in Council.

·      A proposed new formula-based fee structure will better align revenues with the costs of providing Canadian Grain Commission services.

·      The Canadian Grain Commission must retain a surplus of approximately $36 million (representing approximately six months of operating costs) to address variabilities in revenues and employee severance obligations.

·      The surplus may only be spent on programs and activities that are related to services that the Canadian Grain Commission is authorized to provide under the Canada Grain Act.

·      The Canadian Grain Commission needs approval from the Treasury Board of Canada to spend the surplus.

Related products
User Fees Consultation and Pre-proposal Notification
Potential use of accumulated surplus

Associated links
Canada Gazette consultation process