Canadian Grain Commission
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Canadian rye

A dish filled with Canadian rye.

A sample of Canadian rye


The Canadian Grain Commission provides resources about Canadian rye that are related to the Canadian Grain Commission’s functions as defined under the Canada Grain Act. This includes information about Canadian rye standards and grades.

Biological classification of rye

Family: Poaceae
Species: Secale cereale
Type: Cereal

Growing areas in Canada

Growing areas: Alberta, Manitoba, Saskatchewan

End uses for Canadian rye

Rye has a variety of uses. Rye is milled into flour for bread, pumpernickel and crisp bread. It is also used to make beer, whisky and vodka. In agriculture, rye is used for animal fodder.

Canadian rye and Canada Grain Regulations

Rye is one of the grains defined in Canada Grain Regulations – Section 5. This means that the Canadian Grain Commission establishes and maintains quality standards for rye. Also, this means that rye is one of the crops protected by security. If a licensed grain company refuses or fails to pay for a delivery of rye, the producer can make a claim against security.

Canadian rye standards and grades

The Canadian Grain Commission defines Canadian grain standards and assesses the grade of grains against these standards. The Grain Grading Guide contains all the standards for Canadian grain. Chapter 5 presents the standards for rye.

The Western Standards committee and Eastern Standards committee review these grading standards and recommend changes when necessary. The committees also select the standard samples of Canadian grain used each year.