Crop Inputs

Policy Statement: The Canadian Canola Growers Association supports the harmonization of International pesticide regulations and maximum residue limits.​



 Pesticide Registration

​CCGA supports the current pesticide registration process in Canada.  We work closely with other organizations, including the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, to ensure that grower interests are considered in all policy issues related to pesticides and that harmonization with the U.S. remains a priority.

Variety Registration

Canada’s variety registration system provides a framework for bringing new crop varieties to the market, and the Western Canadian Rapeseed/Canola Recommending Committee (WCC/RCC) ensures new varieties meet core requirements. Together, they ensure new varieties support the canola brand and add certainty to farmers' seed purchase decisions. 

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada concluded a modernization of the variety registration for all crops in 2015. Click here to read CCGA’s response to the consultations.

 Maximum Residue Limits (MRL)


​Each country sets a maximum allowable level for pesticide residues. Not all countries set these limits at the same time or same level, posing a trade risk for canola. To ensure exports continue, our practices at home must align with those of our customer markets. To learn more about what simple steps growers can follow to keep your markets open, click here.

In 2016, growers are advised to not use herbicides containing the active ingredient quinclorac. China, one of our largest trading partners, has yet to establish a MRL. For more information on alternative options to manage cleavers and what is being done to secure Chinese approvals, visit the Canola Council of Canada or SaskCanola for more information.


 GROU Program


The Grower’s Own Use Program (GROU) ​is administered by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA).  It allows farmers to import the U.S. version of Canadian registered products. GROU products must be purchased and imported by growers for their own use on their land, and for that growing season only. CCGA is a member of the GROU nomination committee charged with selecting candidate products for consideration by PMRA on an annual basis. 

For more information on GROU click here.
If you would like to discuss potential nominations for the GROU program, please click here to send and email to CCGA or call