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Enhancements to the grain grade dispute resolution process by the Canadian Grain Commission

October 4, 2022
By Canadian Grain Commission

Grain producers will now have more time to ask for a final quality determination from the Canadian Grain Commission in the event of a grain grading dispute on their deliveries into Canadian Grain Commission-licensed primary elevators.

Formerly known as “Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage”, producers can now ask that a sample of their grain delivery be sent to the Canadian Grain Commission for a final quality determination for up to seven calendar days after the date of their grain delivery. This right is available for grainproducers who deliver a regulated grain into a Canadian Grain Commission-licensed primary elevator.

The Canadian Grain Commission has implemented these changes to the Canada Grain Regulations to support fair transactions in the Canadian grain sector. These regulatory updates have been made to reflect and keep pace with the current operational realities of grain handling and delivery in Canada.

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The amendments clarify how long samples must be stored and allow more flexibility for producers and elevator operators to decide who will store delivery samples and where. In addition, grain producers will not need to be present at the time of delivery to request a final quality determination.

Doug Chorney, chief commissioner of the Canadian Grain Commission, said in a statement that the update “reflects the realities of today’s grain sector and responds to feedback received during the Canadian Grain Act review.”

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