Over the last year, Alberta Canola worked with the national and provincial canola grower organizations to prepare for the review of the Canada Grain Act (CGA) and the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC), which are central to Canada’s domestic and international grain assurance and producer protections.
The last comprehensive reforms to the CGA were made in 1971, which was well before canola became Canada’s most widely seeded crop with the largest farm cash receipt of any agricultural commodity earning farmers over $10.2 billion in 2020. In the last 35 years, Canada’s marketing environment, grain handling system, and farm practices have changed dramatically. Our existing legislative framework is not responsive to the needs of the crop sector resulting in the CGC being out of touch and imposing higher costs on farms.
This review is an opportunity to redefine grain quality for domestic and export markets, modernize producer protections to reflect current selling and delivery practices, and increase transparency and accountability to regain farmers’ confidence.