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Variety Registration

Canada's Variety Registration system is being modernized to support innovation, improve competitiveness, and develop new markets in the crop production sector.

The purpose of variety registration is to provide government oversight to ensure that health and safety requirements are met and that information related to the identity of the variety is available to regulators to prevent fraud. It also facilitates seed certification, the international trade of seed and the tracking and tracing of varieties in commercial channels. This oversight is under the authority of the Seeds Act and Seed Regulations (Part III and Schedule III)

Variety registration procedure

Variety description forms

Registered varieties

Offshore seed multiplication

CFIA helps to ensure that seeds going for off-shore seed multiplication meet OECD Seed Scheme requirements.

Any inquiries regarding Multiplication Agreements for Certification of Seed Multiplied Abroad should be directed to

Recommending committees

Additional government and industry information



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