How do I become a member?
Individuals become members of the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA) by sending in an Application for Crop Certification and Membership in the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association. Membership fees are $240 for the first member on an account, and $25 for each additional grower on a group account. Membership in the CSGA must be renewed annually.
What are the benefits of membership?
In addition to providing seed crop certification services, a CSGA membership provides:
We keep you connected
We keep you connected with the seed information that matters most to you and your seed business. Our regular English and French
e-newsletter, Seed Scoop covers provides important information on the seed sector, updates on crop certification requirements and CSGA activities.
Members are invited annually to attend the CSGA Annual General Meeting and have voting privileges on policies that shape the Association.
Seed policy plays a critical role in ensuring the safety, quality, and sustainability of our agricultural systems. We work closely with government to help shape seed related legislation and regulations. Our voice is heard internationally at meetings of the Association of Official Seed Certifying Agencies (AOSCA) in the United States and the Organization for Economic and Co-operative Development (OECD) Seed Schemes.
Under our National-Branch Affiliation Agreement, CSGA national assumes the lead role on national interest issues, any work related to national and international seed bodies, and other national associations aligned with CSGA’s national mandate. Our regional Branches will develop and strengthen relationships with their relevant provincial government and regulatory bodies, provincial value chain associations, and other regional stakeholder groups to create and promote a forum of exchange on relevant issues and policies
CSGA stands behind the benefits of Certified seed and actively engages with food industry professionals to explain how using food ingredients grown from Certified seed can benefit their operations. We also help farmers find Certified seed supplies via the Seed Locator, our free online searchable database of all pedigreed seed produced and available for sale in Canada.
Research and Development
We monitor, report and support research related to seed production and certification.