Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA)

The CHTA is a national organization that promotes Canadian hemp and hemp products globally. Established in 2003, the Alliance represents those involved in Canada’s hemp industry. Members include farmers, processors, manufacturers, researchers, entrepreneurs and marketers.

The key functions of the Alliance are to disseminate information, promote the use of nutritional and industrial hemp and coordinate research.

CHTA is governed by a Board of Directors.

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Hemp Promotion and Research Agency:
An Important Step for Canadian Hemp Producers

October 26, 2018 - The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) congratulates the hemp producer committee who developed the hemp Promotion and Research Agency application on the decision by the Farm Products Council to
evaluate the merits of the application.

“Our board has always been very supportive of hemp producers creating a national organization” stated Russ Crawford, President of the CHTA. The CHTA has strong representation and involvement from producers but non-producer members of our organization have shared the view that a hemp PRA will allow Canadian hemp producers to become a better partner with industry, researchers, provincial and national governments in the identification and delivery of strategic research and promotional programs” added Crawford.

For more information on the CHTA contact:
Russ Crawford – President CHTA 403-256-2026|
Ted Haney – Executive Director CHTA 403-219-6262|

 Read the complete CHTA press release here.

For more information on the Hemp PRA Application contact:
Don Dewar – Chair of the producer committee 204-648-4649
Larry Marshall – Producer committee member 306-747-7430

Read the PRA Farm Committee press release here.


The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance (CHTA) would like to thank the Hon. Ginette Petitpas Taylor, Minister of Health, and officials-at Health Canada for the August 10, 2018 decision to allow whole plant harvest of industrial hemp for the 2018 crop.

Health Canada’s revision of Section 56 of the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) allows hemp farmers to immediately collect and store industrial hemp flower, bud and leaf material.  This material will be available for sale and research activities after the scheduled implementation of the Cannabis Act on October 17, 2018.  These new parts are economically valuable and will provide a new source of CBD and potentially other cannabinoid products.  CBD is in high demand within the natural health product, medical marijuana and companion animal sectors.

“This permission from Health Canada will allow hemp producers to use the 2018 crop to learn more about harvesting, drying and storing whole plant material,” explains Jason Green, Head of Agriculture with Canopy Hemp and Director of the CHTA. “Hemp farmers know the importance of quality assurance in the collection and handling process,’ adds Green. ‘The ability to start working on developing these good agricultural practices right away is fantastic!”

Jeff Kostuik, a field agronomist employed by Hemp Genetics International, and Chair of CHTA’s Research Committee states, “We need to experiment with harvest, preservation and storage technologies, and this exemption means we won’t waste a year - which would have been the case if we were unable to collect plant material until October 17th.  We need all the time we can get to adapt equipment, devise new processes and work with buyers to meet their quality standards, “ continued Jeff.  “These next two months will enable us to research the most efficient and economic ways to capture the full value of the hemp plant.”

The CHTA has worked closely with Health Canada over the past weeks bringing this matter to the forefront and identified a solution which respects the intent of the new Cannabis Act, while still allowing for a common-sense approach to the realities of hemp farming. The producers, processors, researchers and other members of the CHTA are united in complimenting Health Canada on their response to this request by the hemp industry. “From the outset, the hemp industry has been active and vocal in our attempts to reflect the needs of the industrial hemp industry,” claims Russ Crawford, President of the Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance. “Clearly, Health Canada has been listening, and this action reflects their understanding and support. “

The Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance is a not-for-profit organization which represents over 260 growers across all 10 provinces as well as numerous processors, distributors, developers and researchers involved in Canada’s rapidly growing industrial hemp industry.

For more information, contact: Russ Crawford, President, Canadian Hemp Trade Alliance 403-510-9678

Further Information

1.  Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) - Section 56 Revision

The recent replacement of the Section 56 Class Exemption with Subsection 56 (1) Class Exemption in the Controlled Drugs and Substances Act (CDSA) is welcome news to the hemp industry in Canada. The exemption recognizes the differences in production practices between hemp and marijuana, and acknowledges the imminent start of the hemp harvest season. This amendment will allow hemp farmers to collect and store hemp plant flower, bud and leaf material immediately for future sale and research activities once the new Cannabis Act comes into effect on October 17, 2018.

2. Producer License Requirements

Health Canada requires hemp producers to register their intent to collect flower, bud and leaf material, as existing licences do not allow for this activity.  Hemp producers are also encouraged to apply for a revision to their existing licenses to allow off-farm sales of this additional plant material once the Cannabis Act is implemented on October 17, 2018.  The process of amending existing licenses prior to October 17, 2018 will be administratively more efficient than after that date.   Current cultivation license holders can register their intent to harvest flower, bud and leaf material, and request license amendments at:

Licences and Permits Division 

Office of Controlled Substances 

Health Canada 

161 Goldenrod Driveway 

AL 0300B 

Ottawa, Ontario 

K1A 0K9


Canadian Hemp: A Plant with Opportunity

Since 1998, Canada has grown industrial hemp for seed and for fibre. Canadian farmers and businesses are interested in the growing business of hemp as it realizes its potential to produce healthy food and environmentally friendly products, including paper, textiles, biocomposites and sustainable building materials.

Today Canada’s hemp sector is growing to provide secure supplies of hemp seed and fibre raw materials for domestic and international markets, as well as many processed and conditioned value–added products. Canada’s federal hemp regulations help to create quality, safety and accountability. A supportive scientific research community ensures that essential and necessary research continues ~ critical for any crop.

As a fast–growing annual, hemp is a renewable, reusable and recyclable resource. Changing environments in the world’s business community are helping to turn these green attributes into a valued quality.

Hemp: A Confusing, Historical, and Fascinating Plant

Ancient Origins

Production of hemp originated in Central Asia thousands of years ago. Hemp has a long history of being used as a food grain, and as a source of fibre, such as clothing, rope and netting.

Surprisingly to some, industrial hemp has deep roots in Canada. Hemp was one of the first crops that Champlain planted at Port Royal and later Québec.

Hemp in Canada

In 1606, French Botanist Louis Hebert planted the first hemp crop in North America in Port Royal, Acadia (present–day Nova Scotia). As early as 1801, the Lieutenant Governor of the province of Upper Canada, on behalf of the King of England, distributed hemp seed free to Canadian farmers.

Fibre hemp cultivation continued in many regions to the 20th century. Through many Old World cultures, hemp seed also has a long tradition of in Canada: immigrants from Eastern Europe brought hemp seeds with them when they settled the Prairies. These they planted and used for fresh oil, baking and traditional dishes. Similarly, Chinese Canadians have also long eaten hemp for medicinal and dietary reasons.

In Canada and in the US, hemp was outlawed 70–80 years ago, because it was confused with other kinds of Cannabis. Hemp is often called industrial hemp to distinguish it from other varieties of the plant. In Canada, all commercial hemp strains are grown under science–based regulations to maintain and ensure genetic identity.

After a half century’s absence from Canada’s fields and factories, hemp cultivation was again allowed in 1998, reawakening this country’s relationship to this interesting, fascinating, flexible plant.

Genetic Background

Botanically, hemp is classified as Cannabis sativa L. (Cannabaceae). Cannabis is a diverse plant species including more than 500 different varieties. Marijuana is a distant cousin. Under regulations hemp is defined as having less than 0.3% tetrahydrocannabinol (THC) the primary psychoactive ingredient in marijuana. Because of this low level, hemp is unsuitable for drug and therapeutic purposes. THC is by the plant’s epidermal glands and is not produced in the hemp seed. All Industrial Hemp grown in Canada is GMO free.

Hemp is Federally Regulated

Canadian Hemp production was officially discontinued in 1938. In 1994, Health Canada began issuing hemp research licenses again. In March 1998, Health Canada allowed commercial production of the crop under a licensing system. Information on Hemp Regulations can be found at this link on Health Canada’s web site.

Commercial Growth

As with many new crops, there has been considerable fluctuation of production acreage. In 2003, over 2700 hectares (6700 acres) were grown across Canada , mostly concentrated on the Prairies. In 2015 over 84,000 acres licensed for cultivation. Hemp has been grown with success from coast–to–coast.

An Agriculture and Agri–Food Canada backgrounder is at this link.

La présente vise à fournir aux titulaires d’une licence en vertu du Règlement sur le chanvre industriel (RCI, 1998) des renseignements sur la Loi concernant le cannabis et modifiant la Loi réglementant certaines drogues et autres substances, le Code criminel et d’autres lois (la Loi sur le cannabis) et son règlement et des précisions sur ce à quoi il faut s’attendre lorsque les titulaires de licence de chanvre industriel feront la transition vers le cadre de la nouvelle Loi.

La Loi sur le cannabis et son règlement

Le 21 juin, 2018, le projet de loi C-45, Loi sur le cannabis, a reçu la sanction royale. Le gouvernement a annoncé que la loi entrerait en vigueur le 17 octobre, 2018. La Loi sur le cannabis crée un cadre strict pour le contrôle de la production, de la distribution, de la vente et de la possession de cannabis au Canada, y compris le chanvre.


Nous sommes heureux de vous informer que le règlement appuyant la Loi sur le cannabis a maintenant été approuvé et entrera en vigueur le même jour que la Loi sur le cannabis. Une copie du nouveau Règlement sur le chanvre industriel (RCI, 2018) est jointe à ce message. A titre de référence, une copie des autres règlements qui soutiennent la Loi sur le cannabis sont aussi fournis. Les règlements seront bientôt publiés dans la partie II de la Gazette du Canada.


Lorsque la Loi sur le cannabis et son règlement d’application entreront en vigueur, les règlements pris en vertu de laLoi réglementant certaines drogues et autres substances (LRCDAS). Les règlements relatifs au cannabis seront abrogés et les références au cannabis dans le Règlement sur les stupéfiants seront supprimées. Cela inclut leRèglement sur le chanvre industriel (RCI, 1998) qui sera remplacé par le RCI, 2018.  

Qu’est?ce qui a changé dans le Règlement sur le chanvre industriel?

Voici un résumé des changements qui s’appliqueront lorsque le nouveau RCI entrera en vigueur le 17 octobre, 2018 :

  • Les feuilles, les têtes florales et les branches du chanvre industriel n’auront plus besoin d’être détruites. Au lieu de cela, ces parties de plantes peuvent être vendues à un autre titulaire de licence de chanvre industriel ou à un titulaire de licence en vertu du Règlement sur le cannabisVeuillez noter qu’il vous sera demandé d’entreposer ces parties de la plante dans des conditions qui maintiennent leur qualité. En outre, si elles sont destinées à la vente, ces parties de la plante doivent être envoyées ou livrées de manière à maintenir leur qualité.
  • Les vérifications d’antécédents criminels ne seront plus nécessaires.
  • Vous n’êtes plus interdit à cultiver dans un rayon d’un kilomètre du terrain d’une école ou de tout autre lieu public.
  • Vous ne serez plus obligé d’entreposer du chanvre industriel dans un conteneur fermé à clé ou dans un endroit fermé à clé, ou dans des locaux auxquels seules les personnes autorisées ont accès.
  • Vous ne serez plus obligé d’utiliser des échantillonneurs tiers pour les tests.
  • Les permis d’importation et d’exportation seront valables jusqu’à six mois.
  • Vous devez aviser le ministre dans les 30 jours suivant la modification des renseignements de la demande.
  • Vous devez aviser le ministre des renseignements requis sur la culture dans les 30 jours suivant l’ensemencement.
  • Votre nouvelle licence sera valable jusqu’à cinq ans.

Que dois-je faire maintenant?

Pour le moment, aucune mesure n’est requise de votre part.

Dès l’entrée en vigueur de la Loi sur le cannabis et de son règlement le 17 octobre, 2018, le nouveau RCI s’appliquera. Les dispositions de transition énoncées dans la Loi permettront aux titulaires de licences qui entreprennent des activités avec du chanvre industriel de poursuivre ces activités. Jusqu’à cette date, le RCI actuel en vertu de la LRCDAS continue de s’appliquer.

La date d’expiration de votre licence reste la même (31 mars 2019).

Pour ceux qui détiennent une autorisation en vertu du RCI actuel, veuillez noter que l’échantillonnage de semences, le transport, et les activités de récolte ne nécessite plus une autorisation. 

Les demandes de permis d’importation et d’exportation doivent continuer à être envoyées à

Il est toujours nécessaire d’envoyer la notification de culture à

Toute question relative à votre licence de chanvre doit être envoyée à

Pour toute question concernant la Loi sur le Cannabis, le nouveau RCI ou le Règlement sur le cannabis, veuillez contacter



Que dois-je faire pour renouveler ma licence en vertu du RCI?

À l’automne 2018, Santé Canada publiera un Guide pour demande de licence pour culture de chanvre industriel qui comprendra les exigences en matière de licence et des renseignements sur la façon de remplir une demande de nouvelle licence dans le Système de suivi du cannabis et de demandes de licences (SSCDL), un système en ligne qui vous permettra de soumettre des demandes et de voir leur progression.

Santé Canada vous indiquera quand ce guide sera publié. Par la suite, les titulaires de licence pourront remplir une demande en ligne pour obtenir une nouvelle licence.

Veuillez noter que dans les semaines et mois à venir, des informations supplémentaires pour l’industrie continueront à être disponibles sur le site


Nous vous prions d’agréer nous salutations distinguées.

La Direction générale de la légalisation et de la réglementation du cannabis

Santé Canada


Pièces jointes :

  • Un aperçu des règlements appuyant l’entrée en vigueur de la Loi sur le cannabis
  • Règlement sur le cannabis
  • Règlement sur le chanvre industriel (RCI, 2018)
  • Règlement sur les qualifications pour la désignation à titre d’analyste (Cannabis)
  • Règlement modifiant certains règlements pris en vertu de la Loi réglementant certaines drogues et autres substances
  • Règlement sur l’exécution policière de la Loi sur le cannabis
  • Documents incorporés par renvoi dans les règlements