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WINNIPEG, March 1, 2011 - Today, the Canadian Grain Commission began the second phase of its user fees consultations with the release of its proposed changes to individual user fees.
"We thank everyone who took part in the first phase of our consultations," said Elwin Hermanson, Chief Commissioner. "We look forward to continuing our collaboration with producer and industry stakeholders as we move through the next phase of this important initiative."
During this phase, called pre-proposal notification in the User Fees Act, the Canadian Grain Commission is asking stakeholders for their feedback on:
- Proposed individual fees
- Proposed individual service standards and performance measures
The Individual Fees Consultation Document (Pre-proposal notification) is available at www.grainscanada.gc.ca and the Consulting with Canadians web site at www.consultingcanadians.gc.ca.
Written submissions will be accepted until March 31, 2011.
First phase of consultations
During the first phase of consultations, which included consultation sessions across Canada and the opportunity for stakeholders to make written submissions, the Canadian Grain Commission received feedback from producer groups and other industry stakeholders about its broad approach to updating its user fees. Common themes emerged during this phase, including:
- Some of the Canadian Grain Commission's services and activities are of public benefit. Therefore, some of the costs of these services should be funded by federal appropriations.
- The Canadian Grain Commission should:
- Modernize some of its services.
- Modernize the Canada Grain Act.
- Operate as efficiently as possible.
- Introduce user fee increases in phases.
- The Canadian Grain Commission provides valuable services to producers and industry.
After the second phase
Once the Canadian Grain Commission has completed the second phase of consultations, it will release a summary of:
- Comments received during the first phase of consultations
- Comments received about the proposed changes to individual fees
- A producer survey that was conducted in November 2010 as part of the first phase
At that point, the Canadian Grain Commission will review and consider all the feedback gathered from stakeholders since the start of the consultations. Stakeholder feedback will be taken into consideration in the development of a formal user fees proposal to the Governor in Council, which acts on the advice of Cabinet, and to the House of Commons and Senate.
The projected next steps are:
- The Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada tables the user fees proposal in the House of Commons and the Senate. This is a requirement of the User Fees Act.
- The Canadian Grain Commission will seek approval of a new fee schedule from the Governor in Council. This is a requirement of the Canada Grain Act and the government's regulatory process. Stakeholders will be asked to comment on the new fee schedule proposal when it appears in the Canada Gazette, Part I.
- In the 2012-13 fiscal year, after any necessary adjustments, the Canadian Grain Commission will begin to implement the new fees.
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 contract 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.
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