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Changes to Canadian Grain Commission services and fees for 2013

June 21, 2013

WINNIPEG, June 21, 2013 /CNW/ – Changes to the Canadian Grain
Commission’s services and fees will begin on August 1, 2013 as the
result of changes to the Canada Grain Act and the Canada Grain Regulations and a review of the fees charged for services and licences.

“Upcoming changes reflect the Canadian Grain Commission’s commitment to
meeting the needs of Canada’s grain industry,” said Elwin Hermanson,
Chief Commissioner. “Change is necessary for us to continue fulfilling
our mandate of working in the interests of Canadian grain producers and
ensuring Canada’s grain is a dependable, quality commodity for domestic
and export markets.”

Changes to services

Changes to the Canada Grain Act were part of the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012 and were aimed at streamlining the Canadian Grain Commission’s
operations. These changes also necessitate related amendments to the Canada Grain Regulations.

These changes include:

        --  Authorizing third-party companies inspecting inward shipments
            of grain at licensed terminal elevators
        --  Giving elevator operators and shippers (including producer car
            shippers), the right to request a reinspection from the
            Canadian Grain Commission for binding determination of grade
            and dockage if there is a disagreement
        --  Moving the responsibility for inspection and weighing of
            domestic laker shipments from the Canadian Grain Commission to
            the private sector
        --  Eliminating the Grain Appeal Tribunal, registration and
            cancellation of receipts at terminal elevators, and mandatory
        --  Canadian Grain Commission oversight of inward inspection and
            weighing data collection
        --  Combining terminal and transfer elevators licences into a
            single class (called terminal)
        --  Moving to an oversight role in outward weighing at licensed
            terminal elevators

Changes to producer protection

The producer payment protection model in the Licensing Program is
unchanged at this time.

As part of the changes to the Canada Grain Act, the Canadian Grain Commission has proposed changes to the producer
payment protection model in the Licensing Program. Under the proposed
new model, producers will be protected against non-payment for their
eligible grain deliveries.  Producers will continue to be covered under
the current security program until the new program takes effect.

Fee changes

Fees for Canadian Grain Commission services and licences will change as
of August 1, 2013. Upcoming changes to the Canadian Grain Commission’s
services and costs require changes to fees. Some fees will be
eliminated, while others will be increased to reflect the cost of
delivering the service.

A full schedule of updated fees has been published in the Canada Gazette, Part II  (http://www.gazette.gc.ca/rp-pr/p2/2013/2013-06-19/html/sor-dors109-eng.php). It will also be available on our web site, www.grainscanada.gc.ca in mid July.

About the Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency responsible for
establishing and maintaining Canada’s grain quality standards. Its
programs result in shipments of grain that consistently meet
specifications for quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain
Commission regulates the grain industry to protect producers’ rights
and ensure the integrity of grain transactions.

SOURCE Government of Canada

Source: PR Newswire