Policy & Advocacy

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A strong, united voice for Canadian canola

The Canola Council speaks for the industry on issues affecting the entire canola value chain. We address public policy decisions, at home and abroad, that are required to help our sector thrive.

As we address these issues, we draw on the knowledge of internal specialists and an extensive industry network. Working as a team, we seek a more supportive environment for canola from the laboratory where innovation starts to the retail shelf where consumers purchase our product.

Top advocacy priorities

The Canola Council of Canada is very active, advocating for the priorities of our members. There is a range of policies that we are involved in and our top advocacy priorities are outlined below.

Supporting the market for canola-based biofuels

  • Canola is a sustainable part of a healthy environment, taking greenhouse gas emissions from the air and turning them into renewable fuel. Canola-based biofuels are low-carbon, renewable fuels made from crops grown by 43,000 Canadian farmers. These biofuels are good for the environment, our economy and our farms.
  • Renewable fuel standards that reward low-carbon biofuels are integral to helping Canada achieve its emissions-reduction targets and transition to a low-carbon economy.
  • Incorporating the advantages of canola-based biofuels into the Clean Fuel Standard (CFS) will lead to further greenhouse gas reductions. Within CFS, sustainability criteria must recognize canola and crop-based agriculture in Canada and other qualifying countries as sustainable on an aggregate basis, to ensure competitiveness with our trading partners. Further, canola’s low carbon advantage must be reflected in the Life Cycle Analysis model.

Science-based regulation of crop protection products

  • Decisions on crop protection products have been based on the scientific advice of the Pest Management Regulatory Agency of Health Canada, and this needs to continue.
  • CCC remains very engaged in the outcome of the proposal to restrict the use of neonicotinoid seed treatments on canola, given evidence of their safe use from water monitoring data and their importance to canola growers and the sector.
  • Science-based decisions are required for the sector to innovate and remain competitive.

Restore access to China

  • China is the dominant buyer of oilseeds in the world and measures put in place by the Chinese government in 2019 and 2020 are having a significant impact on the canola industry.
  • The canola industry needs to regain full access to China’s market for seed.

Trade diversification in Asia

  • Asia is a priority region for canola market diversification.
  • CCC is seeking a Government of Canada-resourced Asian Diversification Office that has the capability and the mandate to prevent and resolve market access issues in Asia.
  • Led by experienced market access officers it should consist of a multi disciplinary team that works collaboratively with industry. It should be based in Asia with a pan-Asian mandate and include the following:
    • Technical personnel (plant science, plant pathology, veterinarians) to deal with the growing number of market access issues arising from sanitary and phytosanitary measures;
    • Regulatory policy experts who can assist in building capacity locally and championing science-based regulatory approaches in key markets; and
    • Agriculture policy personnel.