The 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.


Invitation to WebEx session on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis // Invitation à la séance WebEx de table ronde sur l’approche proposée en matière de la réglementation du cannabis

This is to invite you to attend a WebEx session on the Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis with officials from the Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Branch.  This session is being held for those involved in the hemp industry and will take place on Wednesday, December 20, 2017; 11:00am – 12:30pm EST

As you may know, on November 21, Health Canada launched the consultation on the proposed approach to the regulation of cannabis.  A consultation paper entitled Proposed Approach to the Regulation of Cannabis outlines a national framework for controlling the production, distribution, sale and possession of cannabis in Canada. You can consult the paper online at  We are seeking feedback on the contents of the paper.

The intent of the WebEx session is to provide stakeholders who will be directly affected by the regulations with a technical briefing on the proposed regulatory framework, to promote its understanding, and to allow participants to seek clarity on the contents of the framework. This will allow participants to be better informed before completing the online questionnaire and/or to sending a written submission. 

Please RSVP to Dana Gaertner ( as soon as possible. Instructions for connecting will be provided.  Please note, this session will be offered in English.

You are also encouraged to provide your input by way of the online questionnaire or to send a written submission (Microsoft Word or Adobe PDF) to or in hard-copy format by mail to:

Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat

Address locator 0602C

Health Canada

Ottawa, Ontario  K1A 0K9


The deadline to provide written submissions is January 20, 2018.



Eric Costen

Director General

Cannabis Legalization and Regulation Secretariat

Health Canada


Le but du présent courriel est de vous inviter à participer à une discussion WebEx en table ronde d’une journée avec des représentants officiels de la Direction générale de la légalisation et de la réglementation du cannabis.  Cette séance est tenue pour ceux qui sont impliqués dans l’industrie du chanvre et elle aura lieu le mercredi 20 décembre 2017 de 11 h à 12 h 30 HNE

Comme vous le savez probablement, le 21 novembre dernier, Santé Canada a lancé la consultation sur l’approche proposée en matière de la réglementation du cannabis. Un document de consultation intitulé Approche proposée en matière de la réglementation du cannabis donne un aperçu d’un cadre national de contrôle pour la production, la distribution, la vente et la possession du cannabis au Canada. Vous pouvez consulter le document au Nous souhaitons recevoir des rétroactions sur le contenu du document.

L’intention de la séance WebEx vise à fournir aux intervenants qui seront touchés par la réglementation avec de l’information technique  sur le cadre de l’approche proposée en matière de la réglementation, d’en assurer son assimilation et de permettre aux participants d’obtenir des précisions sur le contenu du cadre réglementaire. Ceci permettra aux participants de fournir des réponses éclairées au questionnaire en ligne ou à la soumission par écrit.

Veuillez confirmer votre présence à Dana Gaertner ( dès que possibleOn vous communiquera les consignes pour vous connecter à la session.  Veuillez noter que cette séance sera offerte en anglais.

Nous vous encourageons également à fournir vos commentaires en répondant au questionnaire en ligne ou à envoyer une présentation écrite (Microsoft Word ou Adobe PDF) à ou en copie papier à l’adresse suivante :

Secrétariat de la légalisation et de la réglementation du cannabis

Indice de l’adresse : 0602C

Santé Canada

Ottawa (Ontario)  K1A 0K9


La date butoir pour fournir des commentaires et des réponses par écrit est le 20 janvier 2018.




Eric Costen

Directeur général

Direction générale de la légalisation et de la réglementation du cannabis

Santé Canada





Bill C-45:  YOUR INPUT IS NEEDED !  Give your comments here:

The French version is here :  CHTA Commentaires sur le Cannabis Dec 2017_vf

Read what our Revised Position Paper says: 

CHTA Position Paper - Modernizing the Industrial Hemp Regulations August 11 2017



Attention: Producers/Processers - we need your input!  Please complete this short survey here:

Attention: Producteurs/transformateurs – nous voulons votre opinion! SVP, compléter le court sondage suivant:

Mise en place d’un Office de Promotion et de Recherche du chanvre:  Historique OPR_vf

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 environmental 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.