Canada Corn Act

Canada Corn Act, passed in 1843 by the British Parliament and applying to all grains, allowed Canadian wheat to enter the British market at a nominal duty, and flour manufactured in Canada at a proportionate rate. The latter clause was a victory for those seeking to make the St Lawrence a major conduit for American wheat. By removing barriers to Canadian wheat exports imposed by periods of low prices in Britain, the Act encouraged expansion of wheat acreage and flour-milling capacity in Upper Canada. But the Act was short-lived, since Britain was moving towards free trade and repealed the CORN LAWS in 1846.