2014–15 - Report on Plans and Priorities

Minister's Message

The Honourable Gerry Ritz

I am pleased to submit to Parliament and Canadians the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC)’s Report on Plans and Priorities 2014–15.

In 2013-14, the Government followed through on our commitment to modernize the Canada Grain Act to better reflect the needs of today’s grain sector. The amendments focused on the immediate needs of eliminating unnecessary mandatory services, reducing costs in the grain handling system, and streamlining the operations of the CGC.

These efforts, however, were just the first step. Moving forward, I ask that the CGC, in collaboration with my portfolio, continue to modernize its activities and the legislative framework to improve Canada’s grain quality assurance system and update producer protections. Future reforms will be brought forward at the earliest opportunity.

I invite you to read this report to learn more about the CGC’s plans and priorities for the 2014–15 fiscal year.

The Honourable Gerry Ritz, P.C., M.P,
Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

Chief Commissioner's Message

Elwin Hermanson

Welcome to the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC)’s Report on Plans and Priorities 2014–15. Through its activities, the CGC supports a competitive, efficient grain sector and upholds Canada’s international and domestic reputation for consistent and reliable grain quantity, quality and safety. In addition, the CGC protects the rights of Canadian grain producers when they deliver grain to licensed grain handling companies.

Since 1912, the CGC has been the federal agency responsible for setting standards of quality and regulating Canada’s grain handling system. While the CGC celebrated its 100th anniversary in 2012, the CGC’s Grain Research Laboratory (GRL) celebrates its 100th anniversary this year. The CGC’s GRL is an integral part of Canada’s grain quality assurance system as research conducted at the laboratory is the foundation for Canada’s grading system. Over the past century, the GRL has established a reputation for excellence and innovation in grain research.

The CGC is operating in a time of rapid change in global and domestic grain industries. On August 1, 2013, amendments to the Canada Grain Act came into force. Amendments to the CGC’s user fees also took effect August 1, 2013, concurrent with changes to the Canada Grain Act. To respond to and align with the legislative changes and restructured user fees, the CGC’s workforce, organizational design, and operations continue to be adjusted going forward.

We are committed to modernizing our activities, our legislative framework, and our funding model to ensure the long-term success of Canada’s grain quality assurance system and to add optimal value for Canadian grain producers and the grain sector. As Chief Commissioner, I look forward to the CGC’s ongoing exemplary work to effectively meet the needs of producers, the industry and Canadians in general. I invite you to read this report to learn more about theCGC’s plans and priorities for fiscal year 2014–15.

Elwin Hermanson
Chief Commissioner
Canadian Grain Commission