CGC proposes changes to grade and dockage dispute resolution


The Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) is proposing to update producers’ access to grain grading dispute resolution, commonly known as “Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage.”

Comments will be accepted on the new rules until midnight on February 28, 2022.

If a producer disagrees with a Canadian Grain Commission-licensed primary elevator’s assessment of their grain, they have the right under the Canada Grain Act to request that a sample be sent to the Canadian Grain Commission for a decision on grade and dockage.

The CGC is proposing to extend the timeframe in which producers can exercise their right to dispute a primary elevator’s grade and dockage assessment, and be able to dispute grain grade and dockage even if they are not there at the time of delivery.

Under the proposed rules, grain samples must be retained for at least seven days (unless otherwise agreed to) to give producers time to consider grading results and trigger dispute resolution, the CGC says. Samples would no longer need to be taken in the presence of the producer, unless the producer requires it as well.

The CGC says it developed these proposed changes in response to feedback from producers, producer associations, and elevator operators about grain grading dispute resolution received during the recent Canada Grain Act review consultations.

You can find more information, the proposed changes, and submit your comments, on the CGC website (scroll down).

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