It’s been half a century since the last major review of the Canada Grain Act and agency that oversees it, Canadian Grain Commission.
So AgCanada’s invitation to be part of the process is pretty much a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. And the federal department says it does want to hear from individuals, and not just organizations or companies.
Start by finding the ‘Share ideas: Canada Grain Act review’ section at AgCanada’s website agr.gc.ca (there’s a link on the right side of the home page or you can type ‘grain act review’ in the search box).
That web page includes a link to a discussion document that provides some background on the review, including four “issues that may be of particular interest.” While mandatory inspection is the headline issue, one of the four highlighted issues is the grain commission’s method for resolving a dispute between a farmer and grain company over grade and dockage. The discussion document also provides an overview of how the grain commission operates.
But looking at the discussion document isn’t required, anyone can fire off a letter or email to [email protected] to give their views, although AgCanada says it’s helpful if you “include a rationale and supporting elements of your views.”
You can also use that email to “discuss the review process, or specific issues related to the review.” Moreover, “government officials are also available to meet virtually with interested parties as part of this process,” AgCanada’s website says.
The deadline for submitting comments is April 30. You can also send your comments by mail to:
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
1341 Baseline Road