Canary seed will soon be designated as an official grain under the Canada Grain Act.
Responding to producer calls for change and following consultations with stakeholders across the country, the Canadian Grain Commission is implementing regulatory changes that add canary seed to the list of official grains.
“After successive licensee failures where canary seed growers were left empty handed, it was clear we needed to extend regulatory safeguards to the sector. We’re very pleased to be able to offer canary seed growers the rights and services provided by the Canada Grain Act and help ensure they are fairly compensated for their deliveries,” said Doug Chorney, Chief Commissioner, Canadian Grain Commission.
Effective August 1, 2021, grain producers will benefit from the same rights, services and protections on their canary seed crop as they do on other regulated grains, including:
- the right to have their canary seed assessed for grade and dockage following official grading standards at time of delivery
- the right to dispute their grain’s assessment at a licensed primary grain elevator at the time of delivery through the Canadian Grain Commission’s Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage service
- payment protections through the Canadian Grain Commission’s Safeguards for Grain Farmers Program
- access to no-fee quality assessments through the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program
The Canadian Grain Commission has consulted with canary seed handlers and growers to determine the grade and quality specifications for this crop. A grade determinant table along with a moisture chart will be added to the Grain Commission website in July.
Canary seed is the largest volume grain that isn’t protected under the Canada Grain Act.