Eastern Standards Committee

Grain producers, processors, and exporters all have a voice in how Canada's grading system is developed. How does this happen? Through the Eastern Standards Committee in Ontario, Quebec and Atlantic Canada.

Western Standards Committee meeting, 1950s Western Standards Committee meeting, 2010
Since 1930, grain standards committees have met to select samples and make recommendations about grade specifications to the Canadian Grain Commission.

Committee's role in grading system

The Canadian Grain Commission sets standards and specifications for grades of grain, but we do that based on recommendations from the Eastern Standards Committee. The committee makes recommendations based on careful study and review of grading issues.

The committee works to:

  • Make sure changes to the grading system reflect the interests and concerns of all parts of Canada's grain sector.
  • Constantly review Canada's grading system so that it continues to be relevant to the grain sector and to buyers of Canada's grain.

The committee meets twice a year: once in the fall following harvest and once in the spring before the new crop is planted. Its members include grain producers, processors, exporters and government representatives.

Activities

The committee:

  • Gives the Canadian Grain Commission its recommendations on specifications and grain grades which are found in the Official Grain Grading Guide.
  • Recommends standard samples to the Canadian Grain Commission. Elevator operators and Canadian Grain Commission use them to determine if a grain sample meets the minimum visual quality for a grade.
  • Recommends that the Canadian Grain Commission begin or continue grading studies and projects. These include research into grading issues. The committee bases its grading recommendations, in part, on the outcome of grading studies.
  • Participates in grading studies and projects.