Bill C-18 passed by Parliament to the delight of Canadian grain growers
News out of Ottawa that Bill C-18, “An Act to Amend Certain Acts Relating to Agriculture and Agri-Food (the Canadian Agricultural Growth Act)” received Royal Assent and is now law in Canada has grain growers across the country applauding the decision.
“Farmers need access to the latest plant breeding innovations in order to remain globally competitive,” said Gary Stanford, Grain Growers of Canada President. “At the same time, plant breeders need to know that their costly investments are protected. These changes to the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act will provide this security – allowing grain growers to continue to work closely with our innovation partners.”
Other changes as a result of Bill C-18’s passing are:
- Authorizes inspectors to deem unlawful imports to Canada be removed or destroyed
- Authorizes the Minister of Food and Agriculture (Gerry Ritz) to issue certificates for any information he sees necessary for exports
- The Farm Debt Mediation Act will be changed to clarify the processes for farm debt mediation
- The Agriculture and Agri-Food Administrative Monetary Penalties Act will be changed and could see the maximum penalty limits increased