April 8, 2019 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the Canola
Council of Canada
The Government of Canada working group on canola held its inaugural meeting to work
together to resolve the market access issue affecting Canada's canola seed exports
At the first meeting of the working group on April 4, 2019, representatives discussed
the importance of focusing on a science-based solution to resolve this issue. The
group also touched on future opportunities to expand into new markets for canola,
and reviewed support available to affected producers.
Co-chaired by the deputy minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada and the president
of Canola Council of Canada, the working group membership includes the president
of the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the president the Canadian Canola Growers
Association, deputy ministers from the provinces of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba
as well as other senior government and industry officials.
Canada is the number-one producer and exporter of canola in the world. Canadian
canola has an international reputation as being of the highest quality, while its
inspection system is known as being robust and world-class. As Canada's largest
crop, canola accounts for approximately $11 billion of the country's exports each
In addition to creating the working group, the federal government also recently
called for in-depth technical meetings with Chinese officials, proposing to send
a delegation of Canadian plant health experts to China – led by the President of
the Canadian Food Inspection Agency – to meet face-to-face with their counterparts
in order to identify a science-based solution to this issue as quickly as possible.
The working group will continue to meet regularly to closely monitor the situation
and collaborate to resolve this issue.
"Canada's farmers can rest assured that we understand the importance and the urgency
of this issue, and that we stand with them and are working hard to secure unrestricted
market access for Canada's high-quality canola. The newly formed working group brings
together the canola industry and producers to work together to resolve this issue."
Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food
"Canadians right across the country understand the importance of canola farming
families to our economy — particularly those of us who come from the Prairies. I'm
glad that the important efforts of this working group are moving ahead, and we will
continue to stand with Canadian farmers and to work alongside them until these issues
are resolved." Jim Carr, Minister of International Trade Diversification
"It is imperative that we find a science-based solution to this issue and we look
forward to getting a response from Chinese authorities regarding the proposed Canadian
delegation. Resuming canola seed exports with China is the canola industry's top
priority. It is essential for our farmers and their families, and for our entire
agricultural industry." Jim Everson, President, Canola Council of Canada
- The Government of Canada remains focused on trade and has set an ambitious target
to grow our agriculture and food exports to $75 billion by 2025.
- As was announced earlier, the group was created after China suspended the licences
of two Canadian companies to export their canola seed to China, citing non-compliance
with their plant health requirements. At the same time, China strengthened their
inspection measures on all Canadian canola seed shipments.
- Canada's canola industry contributes almost $27 billion dollars annually to the
country's economy, and in 2018, Canada exported over $11 billion in canola products
to over 50 markets.
- The newly implemented Comprehensive and Progressive Agreement for Trans-Pacific
Partnership (CPTPP) and the Canada-European Union Comprehensive and Economic Trade
Agreement (CETA) are creating significant export opportunities for Canadians, with
the CPTPP alone expected to result in $780 million in new canola exports per year.
Industry-Government Canola Working Group