Vol. 147, No. 16 — July 31, 2013
SOR/2013-145 July 11, 2013
CANADA GRAIN ACT
Regulations Amending the Canada Grain Regulations
The Canadian Grain Commission, pursuant to subsections 16(1) (see footnote a) and (2) (see footnote b) of the Canada Grain Act (see footnote c), makes the annexed Regulations Amending the Canada Grain Regulations.
Winnipeg, Manitoba, July 9, 2013
REGULATIONS AMENDING THE CANADA GRAIN REGULATIONS
1. Table 13 of Schedule 3 to the Canada Grain Regulations (see footnote 1) is repealed.
COMING INTO FORCE
2. These Regulations come into force on August 1, 2013.
(This note is not part of the Regulations.)
The changes outlined below result from a review of Schedule 3 tables by the Canadian Grain Commission (CGC) Manager of Quality Assurance Standards and Reinspection.
Table 13 — English and French
Table 13 — Solin, Canada Western (CW) is to be repealed.
An amendment to remove “solin” from subsection 5(1) of the Canada Grain Regulations is part of another package of amending regulations (P.C. 2013-606). This amendment will accord with that other regulatory amendment and result in the consequential repealing of Table 13 — Solin, of Schedule 3 to the Canada Grain Regulations (CGR). There will no longer be a grade schedule or quality standards for solin.
Solin is currently listed in subsection 5(1) of the CGR as one of the 21 seeds designated as grain for purposes of the Canada Grain Act (CGA). Solin is a yellow-coated oilseed with high linolenic properties that was developed from flaxseed to produce light oil suitable for cooking. In April 2012, the Western Standards Committee (WSC) recommended that the association between yellow-seeded flax and solin be eliminated and, as a consequence, that solin be removed as one of the official 21 grains. It is important to note that the WSC is constituted pursuant to the CGA and represents the business interests of all segments of the grain value chain. Membership includes Government, producers, processors, breeders, exporters and any others the CGC deems advisable.
At its November 2012 meeting, the WSC passed a unanimous motion to remove solin as one of the 21 official grains. As a result, as of August 1, 2013, there will no longer be a grade schedule or quality standards for solin. This decision was based on the fact that solin is no longer being marketed to Canadian producers as a seed for planting and has not been in production for approximately five years. Only one Canadian grain company has marketed solin in the past and has shipped or cleared all stocks in the grain handling system with no intention to re-establish a solin market. Solin breeders have already contacted the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) to cancel the registration of their varieties.
Removing solin from the list of 21 grains will align the Regulations with the unanimous decision of the WSC. As well, the registration process for new flax varieties will be much simpler and more cost effective for breeders. Both the CGC and the CFIA have notified the oilseed industry and producers that all solin varieties will be cancelled as of August 1, 2013.