Canada’s hemp sector growing ahead of legalisation
Canada’s hemp sector is growing, with seeded crop area reaching over 138,000 acres in 2017.
Hemp is increasingly used across a variety of products, including environmentally friendly clothing and building materials. It is also becoming widely recognized for its high nutritious content, including protein, omega and fibre.
The federal government believes a strong and competitive agriculture sector is vital to Canada’s prosperity and our Government is proud to support the hemp industry, which will help grow our economy and create more jobs for our middle class.
“Our government’s investment and recent changes to hemp regulations is providing the Canadian Hemp industry the tools they need to get more of their world-class crops into Canadian foods and other products,” said federal minister of agriculture and agri-food Lawrence MacAulay.
As part of the new cannabis legislation, the Government of Canada is updating the industrial hemp regulations to allow the industry to harvest the flowering heads, branches and leaves of the crop immediately. These changes will open new revenue source and market opportunities for hemp producers by enabling the sector to research the most efficient and economic ways to capture the full value of the hemp plant.