Policy Initiatives

Variety Registration

In December of 2013, AWC was involved with stakeholder consultations with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) to review the variety registration system. AWC advocated for the regulatory process for variety registration to be streamlined. In October 2014, AAFC announced its plans to move forward with a modernized approach similar to what AWC had advocated for. AAFC’s modernized registration system promises to remove barriers to varietal development, enhance transparency and predictability in the system, increase investment in crop breeding and ensure that farmers have access to the latest crop varieties in a timely fashion.