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Seeds Regulations

Version of section 7 from 2007-10-25 to 2023-01-25:

  •  (1) In addition to the standards prescribed by section 6, the following standards apply to seed:

    • (a) the seed shall not contain prohibited noxious weed seeds;

    • (a.1) the seed shall have been subject to appropriate mixing, blending and processing techniques so that it is as uniform as practicable;

    • (b) if graded with the name of one of the Canada Foundation grades, the seed shall be of foundation status and, if two or more seed lots of the same variety are mixed, a new crop certificate is required to be issued by the Association if the seed meets the standards established by the Association;

    • (c) if graded with the name of one of the Canada Registered grades, the seed shall be of foundation status or registered status and, if two or more seed lots of the same variety are mixed, a new crop certificate is required to be issued by the Association if the seed meets the standards established by the Association;

    • (d) if graded with the name of one of the Canada Certified grades, the seed shall be of foundation status, registered status or certified status and, if two or more seed lots of the same variety are mixed, the Agency shall be so informed;

    • (e) if graded with the name of one of the varietal blend grades, all of the seed shall be of pedigreed status;

    • (f) a Canada Certified No. 1 Forage Mixture or a Canada Certified No. 2 Forage Mixture may contain more than one variety of a kind or species;

    • (g) every Canada Certified No. 1 Cereal Mixture and Canada Certified No. 2 Cereal Mixture shall contain only seed of pedigreed status and only one variety per kind or species; and

    • (h) a Canada Certified No. 1 Lawn Mixture or a Canada Certified No. 2 Lawn Mixture may contain more than one variety of a kind or species.

  • (1.1) Despite Table I to Schedule I, Canada Foundation No. 2 seed and Canada Registered No. 2 seed may contain one secondary noxious weed seed per 10 kg.

  • (1.2) Despite Table I to Schedule I, Canada Certified No. 2 seed may contain one secondary noxious weed seed per 2 kg.

  • (1.3) Despite Table II to Schedule I, Canada Foundation No. 2 oats and Canada Registered No. 2 oats may contain one secondary noxious weed seed per 10 kg.

  • (1.4) Despite Table II to Schedule I, Canada Certified No. 1 oats may contain one secondary noxious weed seed per 2 kg.

  • (1.5) Despite Table II to Schedule I, Canada Foundation No. 2 seed other than oats, Canada Registered No. 2 seed other than oats and Canada Certified No. 1 seed other than oats may contain one secondary noxious weed seed per 5 kg.

  • (1.6) Despite Table III to Schedule I, Canada Certified No. 1 Cereal Mixture seed may contain one secondary noxious weed seed per 5 kg.

  • (2) In addition to meeting the standards set out in Tables I to III to Schedule I, seed to which those Tables apply shall be free from tartarian buckwheat in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia.

  • (3) In addition to meeting the standards set out in Tables I to III to Schedule I, seed to which those Tables apply shall be free from wild oats in Quebec, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick and Prince Edward Island.

  • (4) Despite Table IV to Schedule I, Canada Foundation No. 2 seed, Canada Registered No. 2 seed and Canada Certified No. 1 seed may contain one secondary noxious weed seed per 50 g other than wild oats in flax.

  • (4.1) Despite Table IV to Schedule I, Canada Foundation No. 1 seed and Canada Registered No. 1 seed of sorghum, Sudan grass and canarygrass may contain one other crop seed per 25 g.

  • (4.2) Despite Table V to Schedule I, Canada Foundation No. 2 seed may contain one other crop seed per 2 kg.

  • (5) Seed to which Table VII to Schedule I applies shall be free from seeds of cleavers (Galium aparine L.) and false cleavers (Galium spurium L.).

  • (6) Column 5 of Table VIII to Schedule I does not apply to sweet clover seed.

  • (7) Notwithstanding the kinds and species of seeds set out in Table XI to Schedule I,

    • (a) subcolumn 1 of column 10 of that Table applies only to Chewing’s fescue, meadow fescue, red fescue, creeping red fescue, tall fescue, annual ryegrass, intermediate ryegrass and perennial ryegrass;

    • (b) subcolumn 2 of column 10 of that Table applies only to smooth bromegrass, meadow bromegrass, sweet bromegrass, fine-leaved fescue, hard fescue, sheep fescue, various-leaved fescue, creeping foxtail, meadow foxtail, orchardgrass, beardless wheatgrass, northern wheatgrass, pubescent wheatgrass, slender wheatgrass, streambank wheatgrass, Altai wildrye, Dahurian wildrye and Russian wildrye;

    • (c) subcolumn 3 of column 10 of that Table applies only to crested wheatgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, Siberian wheatgrass, tall wheatgrass, western wheatgrass and tall oatgrass;

    • (d) subcolumn 4 of column 10 of that Table applies only to reed canarygrass;

    • (e) subcolumn 1 of column 11 of that Table applies only to Chewing’s fescue, meadow fescue, red fescue, creeping red fescue, tall fescue, annual ryegrass, intermediate ryegrass, perennial ryegrass and reed canarygrass; and

    • (f) subcolumn 2 of column 11 of that Table applies only to smooth bromegrass, meadow bromegrass, sweet bromegrass, fine-leaved fescue, hard fescue, sheep fescue, various-leaved fescue, creeping foxtail, meadow foxtail, tall oatgrass, orchardgrass, beardless wheatgrass, crested wheatgrass, intermediate wheatgrass, northern wheatgrass, pubescent wheatgrass, Siberian wheatgrass, slender wheatgrass, streambank wheatgrass, tall wheatgrass, western wheatgrass, Altai wildrye, Dahurian wildrye and Russian wildrye.

  • (8) Despite the kinds and species of seed set out in Table XIII to Schedule I, column 5 of that Table does not apply to mixtures that contain 1% or more of sweet clover seed.

  • (9) Notwithstanding Table XIII to Schedule I, Common No. 1 Forage Mixture may contain one primary noxious weed per 25 g where there is present, singly or combined, 10 per cent or more of common timothy, dwarf timothy, Canada bluegrass, Kentucky bluegrass or redtop seed.

  • (10) Notwithstanding Table XIV to Schedule I, all mixtures described on a label to be suitable for shady places shall contain not less than 40 per cent by weight, singly or combined, of Chewing’s fescue, creeping red fescue or rough bluegrass seed.

  • (10.1) In addition to the standards set out in Tables III and XV to Schedule I, kinds or species of seed listed in Schedule I shall meet the minimum percentage of germination set out in the Table in which they appear.

  • (10.2) Despite Table XVIII to Schedule I, Canada Foundation No. 2 seed may contain one other crop seed per 2 kg.

  • (11) The diameter of sets set out in column 2 of Table XXI to Schedule I do not apply to multiplier onions.

  • (12) For the purposes of Table XXI to Schedule I, a tolerance of three per cent by weight is allowed for the oversized or undersized sets for each grade of onion sets.

  • SOR/86-850, s. 4
  • SOR/93-162, s. 3
  • SOR/96-252, s. 2
  • SOR/2000-184, s. 89
  • SOR/2003-6, s. 102
  • SOR/2007-223, s. 5
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