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Changes to crop variety registration process

Apr. 14, 2015, Saskatoon, SK - Agriculture Minister Gerry Ritz has announced upcoming changes to streamline and modernize the way crop varieties are registered in Canada. The Government of Canada worked closely with the crop production value chain to ensure that Canada's Variety Registration (VR) system continues to protect Canada's international reputation for high-quality crops and encourages innovation in crop variety development by removing potential barriers to crop innovation.

Changes include:

  • Streamlining the variety registration system to two tiers: Basic and Enhanced.
  • Model Operating Procedures that will streamline Recommending Committees. This will give Canadian farmers faster access to the newest cutting-edge varieties.
  • Incorporation by reference that will allow value chain consensus to speed up administrative changes by up to 24 months.

These changes will go through additional consultations with industry groups in the coming months. Today's announcement marks an important step in modernizing Canada's variety registration system. Canadian farmers demand the best quality inputs to keep the competitive advantage they enjoy over farmers from around the world. The Government will continue to remove bureaucratic hurdles that impede Canadian farmers' competitiveness.

These changes are part of the Government's focus on innovation, competitiveness, market development and regulatory modernization to generate economic growth across the sector.