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|Year||Acres in Manitoba1||Ave Grain_Yield per acre (Lbs.), MB1||Licensed acres in Canada 2|
|1 - Source: Manitoba Management Plus Program 2 - Source: Health Canada|
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Licensing under Health Canada guidelines tightly controls industrial hemp production. All hemp in Canada must be grown from certified seed, licensed and be low in THC (delta - 9 - Tetrahydracannabinol). All varieties are testing well below the 0.3% maximum limit. Licensing requirements prohibit replanting of bin run seed by producers.Hemp regulations are administered by Health Canada’s Office of Controlled Substances (OCS). Persons carrying out any activity involving hemp must be licensed. Possession of hemp plant parts or products without the appropriate license is a criminal offence. Exceptions to this are mature stalks without leaves, branches or flowers, and non-viable seeds.A license is issued for one calendar year for: cultivating, importing, exporting, processing, distributing, possessing, plant breeding, analyzing, and research.
Contact Health Canada for detailed licensing requirements.
Send completed license applications to:
Office of Controlled Substances
Head, Industrial Hemp Section
Healthy Environments and Consumer Safety Branch
Address Locator #3502A
123 Slater Street, 2nd Floor
Ottawa ON KlA lB9
E-mail: Health Canada
As part of the license requirements for growing hemp, producers must provide proof that their hemp crop has a THC level of less than 0.3 %. This is done by hiring the services of a person approved by Health Canada as a hemp sampler. A list of approved samplers is available from the Health Canada’s Office of Controlled Substance website). It is the responsibility of the grower to make sure the crop is sampled if it is not on the Health Canada exempt list.
The sampler must follow the Health Canada guidelines outlined in Guidance on Sampling and Analysis of delta-9 THC (Tetrahydrocannabinol) in Hemp to collect samples, dry them and submit them to an approved Laboratory for analysis. The laboratory analysis determines the level of THC found in the crop sample and provides a report to the grower.