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Forward Regulatory Plan: 2021 to 2023
Amendments to the Seeds Regulations (seed modernization)

Description of the objective

These proposed amendments would modernize the Seeds Regulations as they apply to seeds that are 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.

Enabling act

Seeds Act

Potential impacts on Canadians, including businesses

There may be business impacts. The "One-for-One" rule and the Small Business Lens may apply. 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, CFIA will reach 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 2023. A public comment period will be available for Canadians and other interested parties to provide feedback on the regulatory proposal.

CFIA will consult a broad range of stakeholders representing the full value chain 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.

Departmental contact

Date the regulatory initiative was first included in the FRP

This initiative was first included in the 2017 to 2019 update.

For more information

Consult CFIA's acts and regulations web page for:

Consult the following for links to the Cabinet Directive on Regulation and supporting policies and guidance, and for information on government-wide regulatory initiatives implemented by departments and agencies across the Government of Canada:

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