Peas and lentils no longer exempt from variety registration requirements

News release

January 30, 2019                      Winnipeg          Canadian Grain Commission


The Canadian Grain Commission is updating the way peas and lentils are graded to ensure that Canada continues to provide buyers with a superior product. Effective August 1, 2019, only registered varieties of peas and lentils will be eligible for No. 1 Canada, the highest grade available for Canadian crops.

In previous years, the Canadian Grain Commission exempted peas and lentils from variety registration requirements to allow producers to take advantage of new varieties that were not yet registered. The majority of the peas and lentils grown in Canada have now completed the variety registration process and exemption is no longer necessary.

By growing registered varieties, farmers ensure that Canada maintains a competitive advantage by producing high quality crops with consistent end-use properties.


“The Canadian Grain Commission is committed to working with all stakeholders to implement flexible solutions that maximize returns for producers and help grow the Canadian grain industry, while maintaining the integrity of Canada’s quality assurance system.”

Patti Miller, Chief Commissioner
Canadian Grain Commission

Quick facts

  • The Canada Grain Act requires any deliveries of unregistered varieties to be assigned the lowest grade available for that crop, except where exempted by order of the Canadian Grain Commission.

  • The Canadian Grain Commission consulted with sector stakeholders, through the Western and Eastern Standards Committees, prior to implementing these changes.

  • All varieties of peas and lentils (both registered and unregistered) delivered on or before July 31, 2019, will be eligible for No. 1 Canada, the highest grade established by regulation.

  • Beginning August 1, 2019, unregistered varieties of peas and lentils will only be eligible for  No. 3 Canada, the lowest grade established by regulation.

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Derek Bunkowsky
Program Manager, National Inspection Procedures and Regulatory Compliance

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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