Regulations amending the Plant Breeders Rights Regulations

Title or Working Title of the Regulatory Initiative

Regulations amending the Plant Breeders Rights Regulations

Description of the Objective

Plant Breeders' Rights (PBR) are a form of intellectual property rights by which plant breeders can protect their new varieties in the same way an inventor protects a new invention with a patent. The legislative framework is designed to encourage increased investment in plant breeding in Canada and foster greater accessibility to foreign seed varieties for farmers. The amendments to the Plant Breeders' Rights Regulations would improve accessibility to the intellectual property framework, support a self-sustaining cost-recovered funding model for program delivery, and encourage greater investment and innovation in Canada's agriculture, horticulture, and ornamental sectors. Modernizing Canada's plant variety intellectual property regime is a key element in growing and diversifying Canada's trade of agricultural commodities, both domestically and for export markets internationally.

Enabling Act

Plant Breeders' Rights Act

Indication of Business Impacts

There would be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens would apply.

Public Consultation Opportunities

These proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in Winter 2019. A public comment period will be available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.

Departmental Contact

For more information

To learn about upcoming or ongoing consultations on proposed federal regulations, visit the Canada Gazette and Consulting with Canadians websites.

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