Stakeholder Views

From the Grain Growers of Canada

Canadian farmers need access to new seed varieties in order to remain competitive and to feed a hungry world. Close to 90 percent of innovation investment is currently in just three crops which have some intellectual property protection. This legislation is needed to protect plant breeders’ work on seed traits and it will encourage more research in cereals and in plant breeding in general.
– Gary Stanford, President, Grain Growers of Canada.

From the Canadian Horticultural Council

As farms work to match production with the growing global population it becomes increasingly important that they have the tools needed to continue to increase production. New varieties are an important segment of this growth. Ensuring that our plant breeders’ rights regulations are aligned with our global trading partners is imperative.
– Keith Kuhl, President of the Canadian Horticultural Council.

From the Canadian Potato Council

The Canadian Potato Council is pleased to see the amendments to the Plant Breeders’ Rights Act. We will now be conforming to international standards of plant variety protection that have been adopted by virtually all developed countries. The proposed amendments will encourage the development and availability of superior potato varieties that will further enhance the competitiveness of the Canadian potato industry.
– Joe Brennan, Chair of the Canadian Potato Council.

From the European Seed Association

ESA welcomes recent developments in plant breeders’ rights (PBR) in Canada. The Canadian Agricultural Growth Act (Bill C-18) introduced by the Canadian government on Monday, December 9, 2013 contains important amendments to Canada’s PBR legislation with a view to bring protection of plant varieties in Canada in line with the 1991 Act of the UPOV Convention. These developments providing for effective PBR protection, are very good news for breeders and farmers in Canada but also for the many European seed companies active on the Canadian market allowing them to bring their newest varieties in Canada. It makes the Canadian market more attractive and will surely contribute to sustained research and innovation for Canada’s specific farming needs.
– Garlich von Essen, Secretary General of the European Seed Association.