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Plants with novel traits

A plant with a novel trait is a plant that contains a trait which is both new to the Canadian environment and has the potential to affect the specific use and safety of the plant with respect to the environment and human health. These traits can be introduced using biotechnology, mutagenesis, or conventional breeding techniques.


Services and information


Apply for confined or unconfined environmental release of plants with novel traits in Canada.

Approved and under review

Plants with novel traits that are under review or have been approved for confined or unconfined release in Canada.


Importing plants with novel traits to Canada.

General public

Biotechnology and the environment, regulation of plants with novel traits in Canada.

Notices of submission

Biotechnology notices of submission posted for public comment.

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