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Seeds Regulations (C.R.C., c. 1400)

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Regulations are current to 2020-03-05 and last amended on 2019-01-15. Previous Versions

PART ISeeds other than Seed Potatoes (continued)

Samplers and Graders (continued)

[SOR/2003-6, s. 106]

 [Repealed, SOR/2012-13, s. 3]

Labelling

  •  (1) The labelling information required by these Regulations shall be shown conspicuously, legibly and indelibly in either or both official languages in a size and of a type and colour that can be easily read.

  • (2) No label shall show

    • (a) any variation in the character, size, colour or placing of the printing that emphasizes or obscures any part of the labelling information required by these Regulations;

    • (b) any incorrect or misleading information or mark; or

    • (c) any brand name or mark that might be construed as the name of a variety.

  • (3) Where any reference, direct or indirect, is made on a label to a place of production of the label or package and not to the place of production of the seed, the reference shall be accompanied by an additional statement indicating that the place of production refers only to the label or package.

  • (4) Where seed that is produced, packaged and labelled in a country other than Canada has applied to it a label that shows the identity and principal place of business of the person in Canada for whom the seed was produced for resale, the identity and principal place of business of that person shall be preceded by the words “imported by” or “imported for”, unless the geographic origin of the seed is stated on the label.

  • SOR/96-252, s. 2
  •  (1) All units of measurement required to be shown on a label shall be the units of the International System of Units, in accordance with the Weights and Measures Act.

  • (2) Where a unit of measurement is expressed in units of the International System of Units in accordance with subsection (1), other units of measurement may also be used.

  • SOR/79-367, s. 3
  • SOR/96-252, s. 2
  •  (1) Seed shall not be labelled with a grade name unless it has been

    • (a) graded pursuant to section 13, in the case of seed to be labelled with a Canada pedigreed grade name; and

    • (b) tested in accordance with section 11, in all other cases.

  • (2) Every package of seed marked with the grade name “Canada Foundation Substandard”, “Canada Foundation Substandard (Purity)”, “Canada Registered Substandard” or “Canada Certified Substandard” shall indicate on a tag that is affixed to the package the percentage of germination of a representative sample of the seed determined pursuant to the appropriate test done in accordance with section 11 and the date on which the test was completed.

  • (3) Every package of seed marked with a Varietal Blend grade name shall be labelled with the variety names and percentage of each variety.

  • SOR/82-437, s. 3
  • SOR/96-252, s. 2
  •  (1) Subject to subsection (3), every package of seed of a kind or species set out in Schedule I shall be labelled with the following information as determined pursuant to the appropriate test done in accordance with section 11:

    • (a) the name and number of noxious weed seeds per unit weight;

    • (b) the name and number of other weed seeds per unit weight or, where the standard set out in Schedule I is based on percentage by weight, the name and percentage by weight of other weed seeds;

    • (c) the name and number of seeds of other crops per unit weight or, where the standard set out in Schedule I is based on percentage by weight, the name and percentage by weight of other crops;

    • (d) the percentage of germination of a representative sample of the seed; and

    • (e) the date on which the test was completed.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), every package of seed of a kind or species that is not set out in Schedule I shall be labelled with the information referred to in paragraphs (1)(a) to (c) as determined pursuant to the appropriate test done in accordance with section 11.

  • (3) Except for a package of seed marked with the grade name “Canada Foundation Substandard (Purity)”, subsections (1) and 2 do not apply where a vendor, in response to a request of a purchaser made within 1 year after the sale of a package, supplies the purchaser, in writing, within 30 days after the request is made, with the information specified in subsection (1) or (2), as the case may be.

  • SOR/96-252, s. 2
  • SOR/2007-223, s. 11(E)
  •  (1) Every package containing 50 g or more of seed, other than tobacco seed, shall be marked with the net quantity of the seed contained in that package.

  • (2) Every package containing 25 g or more of tobacco seed shall be marked with the net quantity of the seed contained in that package.

  • (3) Subject to section 31, net quantity shall be declared by weight or by numerical count.

  • (4) Notwithstanding subsection (3), corn that is labelled to indicate numerical count shall also be labelled to indicate net weight or number of seeds per unit weight.

  • (5) Every package containing more than 5 kg of seed shall be marked with the lot designation of the seed.

  • SOR/86-849, s. 2
  • SOR/86-850, s. 8
  • SOR/88-242, s. 4
  • SOR/93-162, s. 5
  • SOR/96-252, s. 2
  •  (1) In this section, pest control product has the same meaning as control product in section 2 of the Pest Control Products Act.

  • (2) Subject to subsection (3), any seed treated with a pest control product shall be thoroughly stained with a conspicuous colour to show that the seed has been so treated.

  • (3) Seed that has been coated with any material that renders it conspicuous is exempt from the staining requirement.

  • (4) Where seed has been treated with a pest control product, the precautionary symbol and signal word prescribed by the regulations made under the Pest Control Products Act to indicate the nature and degree of risk inherent in that product, together with the following statement, shall be marked on the package of the seed or on a conspicuous label attached to the package:

    Do not use for food or feed. This seed has been treated with blank line (common or chemical name of pest control product)

  • SOR/86-850, s. 9
  • SOR/96-252, s. 2

 Where the registration of a variety is made subject to any of the terms and conditions set out in section 68, the seed shall be labelled when sold to indicate that the registration of the variety is restricted.

  • SOR/86-850, s. 10
  • SOR/96-252, s. 2

Exemptions from Labelling

  •  (1) Non-pedigreed seeds grown, sold and delivered by a producer on the producer’s premises for seeding by a purchaser are exempt from the labelling requirements of sections 23 to 31 if the producer does not advertise the seed for sale.

  • (2) Seed may be imported into Canada without meeting the labelling requirements of section 15 to 19, 21 and 23 to 31, but must meet those requirements before it is subsequently sold.

  • SOR/96-252, s. 2

Seeds of Field Crops

 Every package of seed of the kinds or species set out in Tables I to II.1 and IV to VII to Schedule I shall be labelled with the following information:

  • (a) the name and address of the seller, packager or labeller;

  • (b) the name of the kind or species of seed;

  • (c) the name of the grade of the seed;

  • (d) the variety name of the seed, if applicable;

  • (e) in the case of imported seed corn, the name of the country of origin of production and, if from the United States, the state of origin of production;

  • (f) in the case of seed corn that is a mixture of two or more varieties, except for PPTM varietal blends, the name and percentage of each of the component varieties and either the approximate Corn Heat Unit rating or the designation “early”, “medium” or “late”, as appropriate;

  • (g) in the case of hybrid seed of corn or hybrid seed of sunflower, sold or offered for sale as a Canada Foundation grade, the total number of seeds of other crops, per kilogram and the percentage of germination; and

  • (h) in the case of seed that is labelled as oilseed rape, rapeseed or canola and that is not labelled with a Canada pedigreed grade name, the name “Polish type” or “B. rapa”, “Argentine type” or “B. napus”, “B. juncea”, or the words “type not known”, as appropriate.

  • SOR/86-850, s. 12
  • SOR/96-252, s. 2
  • SOR/2007-223, s. 12
  • SOR/2012-13, s. 4
 
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