New Eastern wheat class offers more flexibility for producers and industry

News release

November 27, 2018                   Winnipeg          Canadian Grain Commission

The Canadian Grain Commission is updating its Eastern wheat class structure to meet the evolving needs of the Canadian grain industry and increase flexibility for producers, breeders, processors and handlers.

Effective July 1, 2019, the Canada Eastern Other Wheat (CEOW) class will be created to provide a class for varieties with unique characteristics and allow producers to take advantage of special contracted varieties.

At the same time, the following wheat classes will be removed to reduce the cost of grain segregation in the commercial handling system:

  • Canada Eastern Red (CER)

  • Canada Eastern Hard White Winter (CEHWW)

  • Canada Eastern Soft White Spring (CESWS)

  • Canada Eastern Hard White Spring (CEHWS)

Producers will still be able to grow the varieties assigned to these classes and deliver them under contract to the Canada Eastern Other Wheat (CEOW) class.

These changes to the Eastern wheat class structure were recommended by the Eastern Standards Committee, which represents stakeholders from across the grain value chain, to help facilitate the introduction of unique opportunities for producers and the grain industry.


“The Canadian Grain Commission is committed to working with all stakeholders to support a marketing framework that maximizes returns for producers and the Canadian grain industry as a whole.”

Patti Miller, Chief Commissioner
Canadian Grain Commission

Quick facts

  • As the federal agency responsible for ensuring grain quality, the Canadian Grain Commission’s role is to ensure that varieties assigned to wheat classes reflect the end-use functionality needs of buyers of Canadian grain.

  • Grain producers, processors, and exporters all have a voice in how Canada's wheat class system is developed through the Western and Eastern Standards Committees.

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Gino Castonguay
Chief Grain Inspector for Canada
Canadian Grain Commission

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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