Aug 012011

With our head office  in Canada’s capital city, the Canadian Seed Trade Association (CSTA) brings together 132 seed company members engaged in all aspects of seed research, production and marketing and trade, both domestically and internationally.

Read more: About UsOur Mission, and  Our Core Values.  

Growing for the World . . . . Une croissance axée sur le monde


Jul 272017

CSTA is seeking a results-oriented regulatory affairs specialist with 3-7 years of professional experience in a technical role, a strong background in science and a proven track record of policy development. The role requires well-developed analytical and research skills and the ability to work with diverse groups of stakeholders to derive consensus. This is a full time position based out of our downtown Ottawa office. The successful candidate must be willing and able to travel domestically and abroad and be registered as a lobbyist at the federal level. Please feel free to share the job description within your networks. We are accepting applications at until August 14th.

Mar 092017

July 9-11, 2017
Halifax Marriott Harbourfront, Nova Scotia


We hope that you and your families had an enjoyable time with us at CSTA’s 94th Annual Meeting in beautiful Halifax, Nova Scotia.

As you know, CSTA is constantly trying to improve the Annual Meeting experience for our members, guests, companions and children. That’s why we would like 10 minutes of your time to complete this online survey.

Please take a few moments to complete the survey between now and August 11, 2017.

Feb 162017

the-a-to-z-of-garden-seedsSeed is the start of it all, the entire agriculture and agri-food value chain. CSTA celebrates Canada’s first national Agriculture Day with the launch of its Better Seed, Better Life program and the first of a series of fact sheets, The A to Z of Garden Seeds.  The program is based on materials created by the American Seed Trade Association and is a collaborative effort of ASTA and CSTA.  Read CSTA’s news release. View The A to Z of Garden Seeds.

Nov 222016

Exterior-ShotThank you to the more than 150 participants who attended CSTA’s very successful 2016 Semi-Annual Meeting in Ottawa, ON, November 8-10, 2016.  Your participation in the meeting and feedback to the Board of Directors and staff is greatly appreciated.  Presentations, updated committee work plans and minutes for most committees are now posted in the members’ only section of the CSTA website.  Contact Teresa for more information.

Aug 312015

Logo with words - colourCSTA has launched the new Crop Varieties Registered in Canada and Plant Breeders’ Rights Status database to assist seed sector stakeholders to easily identify PBR protection on crop varieties registered for sale in Canada. Visit the Library to learn more about the database.

Mar 012015

In keeping with the seed sector’s commitment to health, safety and the environment, the Canadian Seed Trade Association and the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association partnered to create the Guide to Treated Seed Stewardship: Best Practises for the Safe Handling, Storage, Transportation, Use, and Disposal of Treated Seed.  The Guide will help those who work with treated seed to create and implement their own stewardship plans, comply with provincial and territorial regulations, and maintain operationally and environmentally sound operations.  Find the guide in English and en français.

Feb 282015

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A new website has been launched to provide a one-stop source of information for the crop value chain on the new Plant Breeders’ Rights environment.  was developed by the CSTA with input from the Plant Breeders’ Rights Office at the CFIA and from intellectual property specialists.   It is meant to inform those stakeholders along the value chain who need to be aware of the new requirements created by the expanded breeder’s right.

Wheat, Oats, Flax and Potato varieties are the first to be granted rights under new PBR legislation.  Find CSTA’s news release here.

Jan 122015

globe&flag_newUpdated Seed Trade Statistics – CSTA’s website is the only place where detailed statistics on Canada’s exports and imports of seed can be found.   By following this link you can find summaries of exports and imports for the 2013-14 crop year.  You can also find detailed statistic by country.

Jul 212014

Contributing  $5.61 billion and over 57,000 jobs to the Canadian Economy – The national Seed Sector Value Chain Round Table has completed and released its Seed Sector Profile.  Find the entire report here in English and en Français.

Aug 252013

Given the fast pace of technology in agriculture around the world, CSTA’s Board of Directors placed a high priority on the development of science based coexistence plans.  The goal is to ensure that CSTA’s members and the farmers that they serve have the choice of the production system that best serves their businesses and the markets that they serve, whether the production system is organic, conventional or makes use of products of modern biotechnology.   CSTA’s activities on coexistence can be found here.

Aug 112011

Corn Hybrids Commercially Available in CanadaCSTA’s Corn Hybrid List is now a Corn Hybrid Data Base.  It provides a great deal more information, including refuge requirements for insect protected hybrids. Find the new corn hybrid data base  and other important information here.