The Canadian Grain Commission recently released a summary of the feedback it received regarding impending changes to its user fee system. Industry stakeholders, including farmers, were asked to submit their questions, critiques and suggestions for changes to the not only the user fees, but also changes to the Canada Grains Act.
Generally, there seems to be support for modernizing of both the Grains Act and the Grain Commission’s services. There was push back on the magnitude of the fee increases, however, and it was noted that ultimately increased costs will be passed on to farmers, even if grain buyers are the ones that pay the majority of fees.
There were a few specific recommendations listed as well:
- Several stakeholders recommended making outward inspection optional and updating the Canadian Grain Commission’s governance structure.
- Several stakeholders requested further information regarding the proposed insurance-based insurance security program. However, some of these stakeholders provided conditional support of the insurance-based security program if it is more cost efficient and provides effective coverage to producers.
- A few stakeholders recommended that the Canadian Grain Commission play an increasing role to help maintain a transparent, well-functioning sector by collecting and making available additional grain sector related data and information.
- It was suggested that a training program for industry grain inspectors be created.
For the full Canadian Grain Commission summary of feedback and more details from the consultation period, click here.