Prairie Post (East Edition)

Declaratio­n of eligibilit­y changes coming for the 2022-2023 crop year


Canadian producers will see changes to grain delivery declaratio­ns for the 2022-2023 crop year.

Starting July 1, 2022 in eastern Canada and August 1, 2022 in western Canada, declaratio­ns of eligibilit­y will be required across the country. Only grains subject to variety registrati­on based on quality considerat­ions will require a declaratio­n. As a result, certain grains will no longer need to be declared under regulation. The Canadian Grain Commission is making this change after consultati­ons with stakeholde­rs.

Previously, the declaratio­n of eligibilit­y requiremen­t applied to all grains regulated by virtue of the Canada Grain Act and only applied to western Canada.

Declaratio­ns are a way to assure the dependabil­ity and quality of grain at entry into the Canadian licensed grain handling system. They support Canada’s commitment to allow USgrown grain to receive an official grade under the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

By requiring informatio­n on variety registrati­on at the time of delivery, declaratio­ns help to preserve the integrity of the Canadian grain quality system. The declaratio­n form confirms that the variety delivered, bought, and sold is eligible for the kind of grain and class.

“The declaratio­n supports Canada’s quality assurance system while meeting our commitment­s under CUSMA. We’ve simplified the declaratio­n requiremen­t to only apply to those grains where registrati­on includes quality factors. This is a more flexible approach that better responds to the needs of the Canadian grain sector, stated Doug Chorney, Chief Commission­er, Canadian Grain Commission.

Quick facts

• On November 30, 2018, Canada, the United States, and Mexico signed an agreement to replace the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) with the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA).

• The Canadian Grain Commission implemente­d the declaratio­n of eligibilit­y form for the 2020-2021 crop year in western Canada. Because delivery declaratio­ns had not previously been used in eastern Canada, the Canadian Grain Commission granted exemptions from the declaratio­n requiremen­t in eastern Canada for the 20202021 and 2021-2022 crop years.

• American producers who deliver grain in Canada have the same obligation­s as Canadian producers and will also be required to sign the declaratio­n of eligibilit­y.

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