The proposed fee changes, outlined in the user fees consultation and pre-proposal notification, reflect streamlined services that were included in amendments proposed recently to the Canada Grain Act. The amendments are part of Bill C-45, the Jobs and Growth Act, 2012.
The CGC’s user fees have not been changed for the last 20 years, and as a result, it has relied on appropriations from government to fund operations. The user fee consultation will help develop a cost recovery structure that will maintain the CGC’s role in grain quality, quantity and safety assurance, producer protection and the integrity of grain transactions. The CGC is proposing to implement a new fee schedule for Aug. 1, 2013, the start of the new crop year.
Farmers, farm groups, licensees and industry associations are invited to give their views on the proposed fee schedule; services, service standards and performance measures; and the potential impact on their operations.
"The proposed fees are reflective of the proposed legislation before Parliament, which will ensure the Canadian Grain Commission's services reflect the needs of the industry. Your input will help us develop fair and consistent user fees, service standards and performance measures. This process will allow us to continue to deliver our services in the future," said Elwin Hermanson, chief commissioner.
The deadline for comments is Nov. 30. Comments can be sent by email to firstname.lastname@example.org, fax to 1.204.983.2751, or mail to Canadian Grain Commission Headquarters, 600-303 Main Street, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada R3C 3G8.