Canary seeds will soon be designated as an official grain under the Canada Grain Act. (Photo: Andrew Howson / Flickr, CC BY-NC-ND 2.0)
Canary seeds will soon be designated as an official grain under the Canada Grain Act.
In response to growers’ requests for changes and consultation with stakeholders across the country, the Canadian Grain Commission is making regulatory changes adding canary seed to the list of official grains.
Beginning August 1, 2021, grain producers will enjoy the same rights, services, and protections for their canary seeds as any other regulated grain, including:
- the right to have your canary seed assessed for quality and dockage according to official grading standards at the time of delivery
- the right to dispute the assessment of your grain at the time of delivery by the Canadian Grain Commission’s Subject to Inspector’s Grade and Dockage Service at a licensed primary granary
- Payment protection through the Canadian Grain Commission’s Safeguards for Grain Farmers Program
- Access to royalty-free quality assessments through the Canadian Grain Commission’s Harvest Sample Program
The Canadian Grain Commission has consulted with canary seed traders and growers to establish the variety and quality specifications for this crop. In July 2021, a table of class determinants and a humidity table will be added to our website.
“After successive licensees failures that left canary seed breeders empty-handed, it was clear that we needed to extend regulatory safeguards to the sector. We are very pleased that we can offer canary seed farmers the rights and services of the Canada Grain Act and help ensure that they are fairly rewarded for their deliveries. “
Doug Chorney, chief commissioner
Canadian Grain Commission
- Under the Canada Grain Act, the Canadian Grain Commission is responsible for establishing and maintaining the Canadian grain classification system.
- Canary seed is the largest volume grain that is not protected under the Canada Grain Act.
- Canada accounts for 65% of global production and around 80% of total canary seed exports.
- The average canary seed production in Canada over the past six years was 149,600 tons and the average sown area was 273,050 acres.
- Saskatchewan accounts for over 95% of Canada’s acreage and production and is the world’s leading producer and exporter of canary seeds.
- Consultations with grower groups began after the collapse of a grain company in 2019 resulted in growers not being paid for $ 2.1 million in canary seed shipments to the company. These producers were not eligible for payment protection under the Safeguards for Grain Farmers Program because canary seed was not a designated grain under the Canada Grain Act.