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 requirements. Together, they ensure new varieties support the canola brand and add certainty to farmers' seed purchase decisions.
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is currently working to modernize and streamline the variety registration system and regulatory framework. To read CCGA’s response to AAFC's initial consultation document in fall 2013, click here.
The Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18) received royal assent in February 2015. The Bill has updated Plant Breeders’ Rights Act to bring Canada into compliance with UPOV 91. For a background on UPOV 91 and why it's important to canola farmers, CCGA's Janelle Whitley wrote this Canola Digest article here (Jan 2015). For more on Bill C-18's passing, read CCGA's press release here.
As of February 27, 2015, all new PBR-protected varieties will fall under UPOV 91. This factsheet has been prepared by the Canadian Seed Trade Association to help farmers, seed retailers and conditioners and grain buyers better understand their obligations under the new regime.
For more information on the impact of new PBR requirements, please visit www.pbrfacts.ca.