Policy Statement: The Canadian Canola Growers Association supports a balanced approach to the protection of intellectual property rights in Canada - one that encourages investment in Canadian agricultural research and development of new technologies, and delivers that technology and its benefits to growers at an affordable price.
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 quality requirements. Together, they ensure new varieties support the canola brand and add certainty to seed purchase decisions.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is currently reviewing the results of their fall 2013 consultation on modernizing and streamlining the variety registration. To read CCGA’s response to AAFC's consultation, click here.
Bill C-18 An Act to Amend Certain Acts Relating to Agriculture and Agri-food (also know as the Agricultural Growth Act) was tabled in Parliament in December 2013. The Bill proposes updates to the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act to bring Canada into compliance with UPOV 91. Read the highlights of Bill C-18 and UPOV 91 here.