Policy Initiatives

UPOV 91/Bill C-18

The federal government has been working toward passing the Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18), which will pave the way for enhanced international competitiveness of Canadian grains through improved access to innovative traits and varieties for farmers. Amendments to the Act will modernize Canada’s Plant Breeder’s Rights (PBR) legislation, encouraging investment in plant breeding through improved intellectual property protection, better trade facilitation and farmer access to new and innovative varieties. Amending the PBR legislation brings Canada into compliance with the International Union for the Protection of New Plant Varieties conference of 1991 (UPOV ’91).

Alberta Wheat Commission provided two submissions to the federal government prior to the Agricultural Growth Act being passed in February 2015. One submission was directly from AWC on behalf of wheat farmers, and the second was through our membership in Partners of Innovation.

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