Canada Grain Act review

On January 12, 2021, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada launched a consultation regarding the review of the Canada Grain Act. The consultation process enabled stakeholders to provide their ideas for the regulatory framework that would ensure a world-class grain quality assurance system and producer protection framework that meets the needs of the sector, now and for the future. Consultations closed on April 30, 2021.

As part of its role in maintaining Canada's grain quality assurance system, the Canadian Grain Commission carries out a variety of functions in the commercial grain handling system. The following information provides details on our key activities.

Inspection, weighing and certification of export vessels

The Canadian Grain Commission administers inspection, weighing and certification services, which supports its mandate to ensure a dependable commodity for domestic and export markets.

Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage

Producers have the right to request a second assessment from the Canadian Grain Commission if they disagree with the assessment of grade or dockage received at a licensed primary elevator.

Producer payment security

When a licensed company fails to pay producers for grain deliveries, the Canadian Grain Commission uses the security it holds to pay producers for eligible claims.

Licensing framework

The Canada Grain Act and the Canada Grain Regulations establish a system for licensing certain types of grain elevators and grain dealers.

Scientific research

The scientific research conducted by the Canadian Grain Commission’s Grain Research Laboratory is an integral part of the grain quality and grain safety assurance system.


The Canadian Grain Commission collects information about Canadian grain movement through the licensed handling system and produces reports on producer deliveries, domestic handling and exports of Canadian grain.

Funding structure

Unlike most government departments, the Canadian Grain Commission operates as a revolving fund whereby its revenues are expected to cover its costs over a normal business cycle.

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