Grain Inspection Fees to be Reduced

Grain loading in Thunder Bay - the Algoma Equinox
Grain loading in Thunder Bay - the Algoma Equinox

Grain compartment onboard the Algoma Equinox
Grain compartment onboard the Algoma Equinox

WINNIPEG – BUSINESS – “Reducing these fees means that millions of dollars will remain in the grain sector, where it can benefit producers and grain handling companies,” says Patti Miller Chief Commissioner, Canadian Grain Commission.

The Canadian Grain Commission is reducing user fees for official grain inspection and official grain weighing services. Two supplementary fees for overtime related to official grain inspection services are being eliminated. The reduced fees will take effect August 1, 2017.

Following a consultation with stakeholders, the decision was made to reduce these fees before the end of the current 5-year fee review cycle. The proposed changes were published in the Canada Gazette, Part I on April 22, 2017. Stakeholders had until May 22, 2017 to provide comments.

Quick facts

  • These changes are expected to result in estimated savings of approximately $10 million for the 2017 to 2018 fiscal year based on a projected grain handling volume of 34.4 million metric tonnes
  • Savings for the 2018 to 2019 fiscal year and each year after are expected to be approximately $15 million
  • The fee for official inspection of grain discharged to ships will be reduced from $1.70 to $1.35 per tonne
  • The fee for official weighing of grain discharged to ships will be reduced from $0.16 to $0.07 per tonne
  • The fee for official inspection of railway cars, trucks or containers will be reduced from $153.43 to $121.12 per inspection
  • The fee for official weighing of railway cars, trucks or containers will be reduced from $14.78 to $6.67 per railway car, truck or container