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 CultivarsNo varieties are exempt from THC testing requirements.

List of Approved Cultivars for the 2023 Growing Season
Variety Country where maintained
Altair Canada
Alyssa Canada
Ambassador* Canada, United States
Angie Canada
Anka Canada
Bialobrzeskie Poland
Bountiful Canada, United States
CBF1 Canada
CFX-1 Canada
CFX-2 Canada
CRS-1 Canada
CS Italy
CW1AS1 Canada, United States
CanMa Canada
Canda Canada
Carmagnola Italy
Carmen Canada
Crag Canada
Delores Canada
Deni Canada
Duchess* Canada, United States
Eighty Eight Canada, United States
EL1-140 Canada
EL1-65 Canada
EL1-68/134 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
Henola Poland, United States
Indigo Canada
IPB45 Canada
Joey Canada
Judy Canada
Jutta Canada
Katani Canada
Kompolti Hungary
Kompolti Hibrid TC Hungary
Kompolti Sargaszaru Hungary
Laura Secord Canada
Lovrin 110 Romania
Madre Seis United States
Mama Maria United States
Marie Canada
Marina Serbia
Martha Canada
Maureen Canada
Nadine Canada
NWG 2463 United States
NWG 2730 United States
NWG 4000 United States
Painted Lady Canada, United States
Pembina Canada
Petera Canada
Picolo Canada
Quida Canada
Rigel Canada
Rogue Canada, United States
Santiam Canada, United States
Silesia Canada
Stalker Canada
T3H2006 Canada
UC-RGM Canada
Umpqua United States
USO 14 Canada, Ukraine
USO 31 Canada, Ukraine
Uniko B Hungary
Vega Canada
Victoria Canada
Visoka Serbia
X-59 (Hemp Nut) Canada
Yvonne 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
Health Canada
AL 0300A
Ottawa, ON K1A 0K9

Results of THC Testing for 2021: All Varieties
Variety Name Number of Samples THC range (%) Average Number of Samples over 0.3%
Altair 1 0.11 N/A -
Angie 6 <0.1-0.2 <0.1 -
Anka 1 0.02 N/A -
Bountiful 3 <0.1-0.2 <0.1 -
Canda 2 0.1-0.3 <0.2 -
Carmagnola 2 0.1-0.2 <0.2 -
CBF1 1 0.1 N/A -
Eighty Eight 1 0.28 N/A -
Ferimon 1 0.27 N/A -
Finola 7 <0.1-0.2 <0.1 -
GranMa 4 <0.1 <0.1 -
HURV19PAN 1 0.01 N/A -
Joey 3 <0.1 <0.1 -
Judy 1 0.07 N/A -
Katani 1 0.23 N/A -
Laura Secord 4 <0.1-0.2 <0.2 -
Martha 6 0.1-0.2 <0.2 -
Maureen 2 <0.1 <0.1 -
Painted Lady 1 0.46 N/A 1
Picolo 1 0.08 N/A -
Pembina 1 0.02 N/A -
Quida 4 <0.1-0.2 <0.1 -
Rigel 1 0.02 N/A -
Rogue 1 0.29 N/A -
Silesia 2 <0.1 <0.1 -
Vega 1 0.04 N/A -
Results as of June 1, 2022
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