COVID-19: Canola industry update

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Information for Canadian producers and value chain members

Canola Council grower update on trade with China and COVID-19
On April 28, the Canola Council of Canada and Canadian Canola Growers Association hosted an update call for canola growers with information and questions focused on developments and ongoing work related to trade with China as well as COVID-19. Listen to the recording below or access the podcast version from Canola Watch.

As our nation responds to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Canola Council is consulting with the canola value chain, monitoring developments and coordinating with partner organizations around government engagement on agriculture issues relating to COVID-19 mitigation. We are focused on ensuring that farmers have access to inputs and resources to get the 2020 crop in the ground, and that all links in our value chain can continue to produce and deliver the high quality canola products that our domestic and international food and feed customers rely upon.

The Council is also in close touch with Cereals Canada, Pulse Canada and other national commodity groups to help coordinate advice to federal and provincial officials and to provide information to the full grains and oilseeds value chain.

An important part of this effort is consultation around the government’s listing of essential services and businesses relating to agriculture and food production and supporting supply chain infrastructure.

The following online resources are also available for industry:

The latest lists of essential services are available here:

We will continue to keep these lists of resources updated on this webpage as more information becomes available.

In response to the COVID-19 situation, all CCC staff are currently working remotely. If you have any questions or issues of concern relating to COVID-19 impacts on the canola industry, please contact us at

Information for customers and international partners

We are in it together – Update on COVID-19 and the canola supply chain 
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April 8, 2020

The COVID-19 pandemic is a serious public health challenge for every country, every industry and every family. Like all those in affected areas, our industry is adapting to this tough situation as it evolves.

The health and safety of people is a top priority for our industry. We also recognize that we have a key role in providing food for people and animals in Canada and around the world. Operations at all parts of the value chain are adapting their practices to protect the health of their people while maintaining our ability to continue producing, processing and delivering canola seed, oil and meal. With the 2020 planting season set to start in just a few short weeks, we’re focused on making sure our farmers and supply chains can do what’s required to produce another high quality crop this year.

At this time, the Canadian canola value chain expects to continue providing canola to trade partners all over the world. While necessary operational adjustments have reduced capacity in some areas, we expect to continue supplying canola to our customers.

In Canada, governments have mandated the closure of some businesses. However; all governments at the national and subnational level want the agri-food system operating– and this includes our canola sector. For example the Government of Canada’s department for Public Safety has listed the agri-food sector as an Essential Service that should remain operating. This Guidance on Essential Services and Functions in Canada during the COVID-19 Pandemic can be found here:

This is an unprecedented situation for all of us. In this rapidly changing environment, it’s more important than ever to maintain regular communication with our trade partners and our governments. We strongly believe this is the time for us to work together more closely, as it’s the best way to weather difficulties and continue providing a sustainable supply of canola. Should you have questions or concerns, please don’t hesitate to contact me.


Jim Everson
President of Canola Council of Canada