Forward Regulatory Plan: 2019-2021
Amendments to the Seeds Regulations (seed modernization)
Description of the objective
These proposed amendments would modernize the Seeds Regulations as they apply to seeds imported, conditioned, stored, tested, labelled, exported and sold in Canada. The proposed amendments would reduce overlap and redundancy; increase responsiveness to industry changes; address gaps, weaknesses and inconsistencies; and provide clarity and flexibility to affected regulated parties.
The Seeds Regulations regulate seeds and seed potatoes in Canada that are sold, imported, or exported, as well as seeds released into the environment. Seeds and seed potatoes must meet established standards for quality and be labelled so that they are properly represented in the marketplace. Varieties of most major agricultural field crops must be registered prior to import or sale of seed.
- This regulatory initiative is associated with the Regulatory Stock Review Plan
- This regulatory initiative is associated with the Targeted Regulatory Review Sectoral Roadmap
Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses
There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" Rule and the Small Business Lens may apply. The CFIA is currently conducting analysis on the impact of the proposed changes.
Regulatory cooperation efforts (domestic, international)
While not part of a formal regulatory cooperation agenda, the CFIA has reached out to provincial, territorial and international trading partners to inform the development of this regulatory proposal.
Public consultation opportunities
It is anticipated these proposed amendments will be pre-published in the Canada Gazette, Part I in fall 2021. A public comment period will be available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.
The CFIA will consult a broad range of stakeholders representing the full value chain, including Seed Synergy (an-industry-led group), regarding any proposed amendments. Consultations on proposed amendments may include the role of government and industry in terms of public-private partnerships for functions such as variety registration, seed standards and seed certifications.
Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the FRP
This initiative was first included in the 2017 to 2019 update.
For more information
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- a list of acts and regulations administered by CFIA
- further information on CFIA's implementation of government-wide regulatory management initiatives
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