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Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Industrial Hemp Regulations
Pursuant to Subsection 39(1) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations, the following industrial hemp varieties are approved for commercial cultivation under licence for the year 2016. The list may contain variety names that are synonyms for the same variety.
|Variety||Country Where Maintained||Exempt from THC Testing
under subsection 16(1) of the Industrial Hemp RegulationsTable 1 footnote *
|Alyssa||Canada||Exempt in MB and QC only|
|Anka||Canada||Exempt in ON and QC only|
|Canda||Canada||Exempt in AB and MB only|
|CanMa||Canada||Exempt in QC and SK only|
|Delores||Canada||Exempt in AB and MB only|
|Ferimon||France||Exempt in QC only|
|FinolaTable 1 footnote**||Canada (Finland)||No|
|Jutta||Canada||Exempt in ON only|
|Kompolti Hibrid TC||Hungary||No|
|Silesia||Canada||Exempt in AB only|
|USO 14||Canada (Ukraine)||Yes|
|USO 31||Canada (Ukraine)||Yes|
|X-59 (Hemp Nut)||Canada||Yes|
|Zolotonosha 11||Canada (Ukraine)||Exempt in MB only|
|Zolotonosha 15||Canada (Ukraine)||No|
All cultivars may be grown in all regions, however requirements for THC testing under Subsection 16(1) of the IHR may vary from province to province, as indicated in the table above.
Amendments to the List of Approved Cultivars for 2016:
Subsection 14(3) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations (IHR) requires that all seed planted for the production of industrial hemp in Canada must be of pedigreed status (Certified or better). This means that seed cannot be imported directly from countries that are not recognized by one of the Seed Certification Schemes of which Canada is a member. Canada is a member of two schemes, the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD) Seed Scheme and that administered by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA). Farmer-saved seed cannot be planted, unless it is Certified seed. Official seed tags will be requested by an inspector as evidence of compliance.
Under Subsection 16(1) of the IHR, a person who holds a licence to cultivate industrial hemp is required by law to have their crop sampled by an authorized Crop Sampler, unless the variety is specifically exempted from this testing. Sampling by a designated inspector does not exempt a licence holder from this testing. The sample taken by the authorized Crop Sampler must be tested by a competent laboratory, licensed for testing industrial hemp. A list of licensed laboratories is available on our website. Test results must be reported to the Office of Controlled Substances, at the address below. Varieties which are found to consistently exceed 0.3% THC may be removed from the List of Approved Cultivars.
Seven varieties, CFX-1, CFX-2, Crag, CRS-1, USO 14, USO 31 and X-59 (Hemp Nut) are exempted from annual testing as required under paragraph 16(1) of the IHR for all regions of Canada. The varieties Alyssa, Anka, Canda, CanMa, Delores, Ferimon, Jutta, Silesia and Zolotonosha 11 are only exempt in the provinces indicated in the table above. All varieties have been evaluated against the Policy on the Exemption of Industrial Hemp Varieties from THC Testing During the Growing Season. A copy of this policy can be found on our website at www.healthcanada.gc.ca/hemp.
The Office of Controlled Substances must be informed immediately in writing in the event of crop failure where samples cannot be drawn for testing.
Questions regarding the List of Approved Cultivars - 2016 may be submitted to:
Industrial Hemp Section
Office of Controlled Substances
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9