Canadian Grain Commission to reduce fees on April 1
March 21, 2018 Winnipeg Canadian Grain Commission
The Canadian Grain Commission is reducing fees for many of its services and licences as of April 1, 2018. Several other fees will be streamlined or eliminated altogether. As a result of these changes, Canada’s grain sector is expected to save over $400,000 this year. This is on top of the $15 million in annual savings expected from fee reductions made last August.
The Canadian Grain Commission is changing its fees to better align them with the costs of providing services. Highlights of the fee changes taking effect April 1, 2018 include:
- lowering fees for reinspection of grain, fees for authorization of third parties to provide inspection or weighing services, supplementary fees for official inspection, and the cost of licences for grain buyers
- eliminating the standby fee, which was charged for conducting inspection during off-duty hours
- simplifying the fees for inspection of submitted samples by setting one fee for these inspections, rather than having different fees for several different types of samples
Starting in 2019-2020, fees will be adjusted for inflation annually on April 1. This annual increase will ensure the Canadian Grain Commission is able to cover the cost of providing services on an ongoing basis.
A listing of all services and fees is available on our website, www.grainscanada.gc.ca.
“ With these changes, we’re making sure that what we charge for our services and licences is fair, while ensuring the Canadian Grain Commission continues to offer the high quality service Canadian grain producers and the grain industry expect.”
Chief Commissioner, Canadian Grain Commission
Canadian Grain Commission fees are fixed in Schedule 1, Fees of the Commission, in the Canada Grain Regulations.
The Canadian Grain Commission is structured as a revolving fund, receiving the majority of its funding from charging fees for its services.
The Canadian Grain Commission has updated its model for forecasting grain volumes to better align fees with the costs of service provision and to avoid accumulating a surplus.
Each year starting in 2019-2020, on April 1, all Canadian Grain Commission fees will be adjusted for inflation based on the April All-items Consumer Price Index for Canada.
Manager, Corporate Information Services
Canadian Grain Commission
The Canadian Grain Commission is the federal agency responsible for establishing and maintaining Canada’s grain quality standards. Its programs result in shipments of grain that consistently meet contract specifications for quality, safety and quantity. The Canadian Grain Commission regulates the grain industry to protect producers’ rights and ensure the integrity of grain transactions.
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