List of Approved Cultivars for the 2019 Growing Season: Industrial Hemp Varieties Approved for Commercial Production 

As referenced in the definition of an “approved cultivar” in subsection 1(1) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations, the List of Approved Cultivars sets out the following industrial hemp varieties for commercial cultivation under licence for the year 2019. The list may contain variety names that are synonyms for the same variety.

Beginning October 17, 2018, delta-9-tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) testing requirements have changed. THC testing is now required for the holder of a licence that authorizes cultivation for seed as per subsection 29(1) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations. THC testing is also required for plant breeding and the inclusion of an industrial hemp variety on the List of Approved Cultivars. No varieties are exempt from THC testing requirements.

List of Approved Cultivars for the 2019 Growing Season
Variety Country where maintained
Altair Canada
Alyssa Canada
Angie Canada
Anka Canada
Canda Canada
CanMa Canada
Carmagnola Italy
Carmen Canada
CFX-1 Canada
CFX-2 Canada
Crag Canada
CRS-1 Canada
CS Italy
Delores Canada
Deni Canada
ESTA-1 Canada
Fasamo Germany
Fedrina 74 France
Felina 34 France
Ferimon France
Fibranova Italy
Fibriko Hungary
Fibrimon 24 France
Fibrimon 56 France
FINOLA Canada (Finland)
Georgina Canada
GranMa Canada
Grandi Canada
Joey Canada
Judy Canada
Jutta Canada
Katani Canada
Kompolti Hungary
Kompolti Hibrid TC Hungary
Kompolti Sargaszaru Hungary
Laura Secord Canada
Lovrin 110 Romania
Martha Canada
Petera Canada
Picolo Canada
Quida Canada
Rigel Canada
Silesia Canada
UC-RGM Canada
Uniko B Hungary
USO 14 Canada (Ukraine)
USO 31 Canada (Ukraine)
Victoria Canada
X-59 (Hemp Nut) Canada
Yvonne Canada
Zolotonosha 11 Canada (Ukraine)
Zolotonosha 15 Canada (Ukraine)

Additions: Rigel was added to the list this year.
Deletions:  No varieties were removed from the list this year.
Observation:  No varieties are under observation.

Please Note:

Subsection 26(1) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations requires all seed planted for the production of industrial hemp in Canada to be of pedigreed status (Certified or higher class), other than seed used for plant breeding. This means that farm-saved non-pedigreed seed cannot be planted, and inspectors may request official seed tags as evidence of compliance.

Furthermore, under section 16 of these Regulations, seeds that are imported into Canada for purposes other than plant breeding must be pedigreed seeds of approved cultivars that are recognized under the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) Seed Schemes or by the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA).

Similarly, under section 17 of these Regulations, importation of viable grain into Canada must be from a country that participates in the OECD Seed Schemes or a country that has an agency that is a member of AOSCA.

The Health Canada Industrial Hemp Licensing Unit must be informed as per paragraph 6(1)(h) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations in the event of crop failure where samples cannot be drawn for THC testing.

Questions regarding the List of Approved Cultivars – 2019 may be submitted to:

Industrial Hemp Licensing Unit
Health Canada
AL 0300A
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0K9

Mike McGuire
Office of Medical Access and Specialized Authorizations

Results of THC Testing for 2018: All Varieties
Variety Name Number of  Samples THC range (%) Average Number of Samples over 0.3%
Altair 3 0.1-0.2 0.1 -
Angie 41 <0.1-0.1 0.1 -
Anka 13 <0.1-0.3 0.2 -
Canda 2 <0.1 <0.1 -
Canma 3 <0.1-0.1 <0.1 -
Esta-1 1 0.1 0.1 -
Finola 3 <0.1-0.3 0.2 -
Gran Ma 11 <0.1-0.1 0.1 -
Grandi 1 0.2 0.2 -
Joey 2 <0.1 <0.1 -
Katani 1 0.2 0.2 -
Quida 18 <0.1-0.1 0.1 -
Results as of February 8, 2019.
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