Who We Are

CSTA is a national trade association that brings together more than 130 company and association members engaged in all aspects of seed research, production, and marketing and trade, both domestically and internationally.

CSTA members are proud to be vital contributors to our nation’s economy and to the health and well-being of Canadian consumers. CSTA members serve the needs of their customers by developing and providing seeds produced through various production methods, including organic, conventional and biotechnology, and range from small, family owned and operated companies, to large multi-national firms.

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CSTA Members

Our strength is in our members. Our association is made up of over 130 member companies, engaged in all aspects of seed research, production, and marketing and trade. Click below to learn more about the benefits of becoming a member of CSTA!

Better Seed, Better Life!

Seed is a compact package that carries the innovation that the world’s farmers will need to feed, fuel and clothe a growing population. Through Better Seed, Better Life, we invite you to join us in exploring the role that seed plays in your everyday life.

Plant Breeders’ Rights

The Plant Breeders’ Rights Tool Kit is now available. The Tool Kit is a one-stop library of the tools and resources available to help value chain members communicate with staff, retailers and customers on the changes and obligations associated with changes in the legislation. Contact us to request printed copies for your organization.

Upcoming Meeting

CSTA’s Semi-Annual Meeting

  • Date: November 29 – December 1, 2020
  • Location: Ottawa, Ontario

We hope that you will be able to join us in Ottawa! Please stay tuned for more details.

A Career in Seeds

Imagine a career where you could make a difference!

Whether you are interested in forging international partnerships or grassroots interaction to bring innovations to farmers’ fields, the seed industry offers a wide variety of career paths.

News Release

Seed Sector Moves Closer to Building Canada’s Next Generation Seed System June 19, 2020 - Today, five national seed industry associations took the next step towards becoming one new national association. The five organizations, the Canadian Plant Technology Agency (CPTA); the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC); the Canadian Seed Growers’ Association (CSGA); the Canadian Seed Institute (CSI); and the Canadian Seed Trade Association Read more...