List of Approved Cultivars for the 2023 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 (IHR), the List of Approved Cultivars sets out the following industrial hemp varieties for commercial cultivation under licence for the year 2023. The list may contain variety names that are synonyms for the same variety.
As per subsection 29(1) of the IHR, THC testing is required for the holder of a licence that authorizes cultivation for seed. 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.
|Variety||Country where maintained|
|Ambassador*||Canada, United States|
|Bountiful||Canada, United States|
|CW1AS1||Canada, United States|
|Duchess*||Canada, United States|
|Eighty Eight||Canada, United States|
|Henola||Poland, United States|
|Kompolti Hibrid TC||Hungary|
|Madre Seis||United States|
|Mama Maria||United States|
|NWG 2463||United States|
|NWG 2730||United States|
|NWG 4000||United States|
|Painted Lady||Canada, United States|
|Rogue||Canada, United States|
|Santiam||Canada, United States|
|USO 14||Canada, Ukraine|
|USO 31||Canada, Ukraine|
|X-59 (Hemp Nut)||Canada|
|Zolotonosha 11||Canada, Ukraine|
|Zolotonosha 15||Canada, Ukraine|
|*Previously known as CW Ambassador and CW Duchess|
Additions: Nadine was added to the list in December 2022.
Deletions: No varieties were removed from the list in 2022.
Observation: NWG 2730, Painted Lady, Rogue, Santiam and Umpqua are under observation.
Subsection 26(1) of the Industrial Hemp Regulations (IHR) 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 the IHR, 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 the IHR, importation of 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.
Health Canada must be informed as per paragraph 6(1)(h) of the IHR in the event of crop failure where samples cannot be drawn for THC testing.
Proposals for the addition of new cultivars on the LOAC will be evaluated twice yearly. Proposals are to be received by Health Canada before February 1 and September 1 of each year.
Questions regarding the List of Approved Cultivars for the 2023 growing season may be submitted to:
Industrial Hemp Unit
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9
|Variety Name||Number of Samples||THC range (%)||Average||Number of Samples over 0.3%|
|Results as of June 1, 2022|
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