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Fertilizers Regulations

Version of section 2 from 2020-10-26 to 2022-06-20:

  •  (1) In these Regulations,


    Act means the Fertilizers Act; (Loi)

    active ingredient

    active ingredient means an ingredient of a fertilizer or supplement to which its performance as a fertilizer or supplement is attributed; (composant actif)


    Agency means the Canadian Food Inspection Agency established by section 3 of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act; (Agence)

    Agricultural Inspection Directorate

    Agricultural Inspection Directorate[Repealed, SOR/93-232, s. 2]


    available or soluble means soluble by the methods of analysis referred to in section 23; (assimilable or soluble)


    biotechnology means the application of science and engineering to the direct or indirect use of living organisms or parts or products of living organisms in their natural or modified forms; (biotechnologie)


    brand[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]


    cattle means animals of the species Bos taurus or Bos indicus; (bœuf)

    Compendium of Fertilizer-Use Pesticides

    Compendium of Fertilizer-Use Pesticides[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]

    customer-formula fertilizer

    customer-formula fertilizer[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]

    customer formula fertilizer

    customer formula fertilizer means a fertilizer prepared in accordance with a written formula that sets out the name, amount and guaranteed analysis of each active ingredient and the signature of the person for whose use for fertilizing purposes it has been prepared; (engrais préparé selon la formule du client)


    Director[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]


    environment[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]

    farm fertilizer

    farm fertilizer[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]


    fertilizer[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]


    fertilizer-pesticide means a fertilizer that is or contains a pesticide; (engrais-antiparasitaire)


    fineness[Repealed, SOR/85-558, s. 1]


    grade means the amount of total nitrogen, available phosphoric acid and soluble potash in a fertilizer, expressed in per cent; (catégorie)

    guaranteed analysis

    guaranteed analysis means a guaranteed analysis referred to in section 15; (analyse garantie)

    lesser plant nutrient

    lesser plant nutrient[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]

    List of Materials

    List of Materials means the document entitled Primary Fertilizer and Supplement Materials prepared by the Agency and published on its website, as amended from time to time; (Liste des composants)

    lot number

    lot number means a combination of letters or numbers or both that allows a lot of a fertilizer or supplement to be traced in manufacture and distribution; (numéro de lot)

    major plant nutrient

    major plant nutrient means nitrogen (N), phosphorous (P), or potassium (K); (principe nutritif principal)


    micronutrient means boron, chlorine, copper, iron, manganese, molybdenum or zinc; (oligo-élément)

    micronutrient fertilizer

    micronutrient fertilizer means a fertilizer that is represented to contain a micronutrient; (engrais d’oligo-élément)

    mixed fertilizer

    mixed fertilizer[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]


    nitrogen means elemental nitrogen (N); (azote)

    novel supplement

    novel supplement means

    • (a) a supplement that is not registered and not exempt from registration, or

    • (b) a supplement that is derived through biotechnology and has a novel trait; (supplément nouveau)

    novel trait

    novel trait, in respect of a supplement derived through biotechnology, means a characteristic of the supplement that

    • (a) has been intentionally selected, created or introduced into a distinct, stable population [of supplements] of the same species through a specific genetic change, and

    • (b) based on valid scientific rationale, is not substantially equivalent, in terms of its specific use and safety both for the environment and for human health, to any characteristic of a similar supplement that is in use as a supplement in Canada and is considered safe for use as a supplement in Canada; (caractère nouveau)

    organic matter

    organic matter means the matter remaining after removal of the moisture and total ash fractions from substances derived from living organisms; (matière organique)

    per cent

    per cent means per cent by weight; (pour cent)


    pest has the same meaning as in subsection 2(1) of the Pest Control Products Act; (parasite)


    pesticide means a pest control product as defined in the Pest Control Products Act; (antiparasitaire)

    phosphoric acid

    phosphoric acid[Repealed, SOR/93-232, s. 2]

    phosphoric acid

    phosphoric acid or phosphate means phosphorus pentoxide (P205); (acide phosphorique or phosphate)

    Plant Products Division

    Plant Products Division[Repealed, SOR/85-558, s. 1]


    potash means potassium oxide (K2O); (potasse)


    registrant means a person who has registered a fertilizer or supplement under these Regulations; (inscrit)


    release means any discharge or emission of a supplement into the environment or exposure of a supplement to the environment; (dissémination)


    ruminant means an animal of the suborder Ruminatiae and includes an animal of the family Camelidae; (ruminant)


    sample means a sample of fertilizer or supplement taken by an inspector; (échantillon)

    secondary nutrient

    secondary nutrient means calcium, magnesium or sulphur; (principe nutritif secondaire)

    shipping bill

    shipping bill[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]

    specialty fertilizer

    specialty fertilizer[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]

    specified risk material

    specified risk material means the skull, brain, trigeminal ganglia, eyes, tonsils, spinal cord and dorsal root ganglia of cattle aged 30 months or older, and the distal ileum of cattle of all ages, but does not include material from a country of origin as defined in section 2 of the Health of Animals Regulations, or a part of a country of origin, that is designated under section 7 of those Regulations as posing a negligible risk for Bovine Spongiform Encephalopathy; (matériel à risque spécifié)


    supplement[Repealed, SOR/2020-232, s. 3]


    supplement-pesticide means a supplement that is or contains a pesticide; (supplément-antiparasitaire)

    water-insoluble nitrogen

    water-insoluble nitrogen means nitrogen insoluble in water when analysed by the method of analysis referred to in section 23. (azote insoluble dans l’eau)

  • (2) For the purposes of sections 23.1 to 23.4, a novel supplement is toxic if it is entering or may enter the environment in a quantity or concentration or under conditions

    • (a) having or that may have an immediate or long-term harmful effect on the environment;

    • (b) constituting or that may constitute a danger to the environment on which human life depends; or

    • (c) constituting or that may constitute a danger in Canada to human life or health.

  • SOR/79-365, s. 1
  • SOR/85-558, s. 1
  • SOR/88-353, s. 1
  • SOR/91-441, s. 1
  • SOR/93-232, s. 2
  • SOR/94-683, s. 3
  • SOR/95-53, s. 1
  • SOR/95-548, s. 4
  • SOR/97-7, s. 2
  • SOR/97-292, s. 25
  • SOR/2000-184, s. 55
  • SOR/2003-6, s. 72
  • SOR/2006-147, s. 6
  • SOR/2009-18, s. 2
  • SOR/2020-232, s. 3
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