Welcome to the CSI News page where we provide you with current news related to CSI's seed program activities.  

  • Seeds Canada Amalgamation - Correcting Misinformation

    On November 4th, the CSI Board voted to endorse the new Seeds Canada business plan and ratification package and enter into an agreement to amalgamate with three seed associations, the Commercial Seed Analysts Association of Canada (CSAAC), the Canadian Seed...

  • Dave Lockman joins CSI

    CSI is delighted to introduce Dave Lockman as our newest team member.  Starting August 4th Dave will be fulfilling the role of Programs Coordinator and will have an immediate positive impact.  More specifically, he will be working closely with Jennifer Scott and Cheryl Laxton in the delivery of our organic certification services.  No doubt, you may already know Dave from his role as a...

  • CSI Starting to Audit Again - COVID-19 Update

    We hope this finds you healthy and coping well with the changes we are all experiencing these days. We have instructed the CSI auditors that they may begin conducting on-site audits again if both you and the auditor are comfortable with an on-site visit. If you are not comfortable with an in-person visit from an auditor, you may be eligible for a remote audit. Please contact your auditor to...

  • Seed Sector Moves Closer to Building Canada’s Next Generation Seed System

    Seeds Canada Ratification Package Now Available

    On Friday, June 19, 2020, CSI along with its four national seed industry association partners, 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...

  • Update on CSI's Response to COVID-19 - Seed Program

    While the spread of COVID-19 in Canada seems to be stabilizing and the general environment seems to be improving, we do not want to be hasty in our decision to continue with our on-site audits.  The health and safety our clients, auditors and staff are our top priorities.  So, CSI will continue to suspend all on-site audit activities a little while longer. 

    For RSEs and Seed Labs that...

  • CSI Response to COVID-19 Pandemic - RSE and Lab Audits Postponed Temporarily

    Who would have predicted that in early 2020 we’d be united in our efforts managing the impacts of a historical, global event, the COVID-19 pandemic?  It is having an incredible impact on our personal lives, work lives, and on our communities.  As the spread of COVID-19 grows, so does the risk of exposure, for the CSI auditors and for you, our clients.  In consideration of the growing risks,...

  • APHIS Amends Entry Requirements for Importation of Tomato and Pepper Seed

    Effective September 8, 2019, the Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS) is amending the entry requirements for tomato (Solanum lycopersicum) and pepper (Capsicum spp.) seeds imported from all countries into the United States.

    Since.  I encourage you to review the following notice from the U.S.'s APHIS if you are exporting tomato and pepper seed to the U.S.:  ...

  • CSI Update – 2018-2019

    Top of mind for the seed industry this fall and winter is Seed Synergy. The CSI Board is fully behind the Seed Synergy work and recently endorsed the White Paper at their November 22, 2018 Board meeting. Seed establishments and seed laboratories should feel a sense of pride knowing CSI represents the original Seed Synergy concept and CFIA’s first exercise in alternate service delivery.


  • Seed Synergy Collaboration - Green Paper Consultation

    In January and February this year, the Seed Synergy Collaboration collected feedback from the seed industry on a vision for the Next Generation Seed System in Canada. Parts of our current system are working well and parts are in need of improvement. We’ve collected your feedback and then incorporated it into a Green Paper that begins to describe ideas for the design of a new, improved seed...

  • RSE Announcement

    Attention RSEs and Labs

    CSI has recently been making some internal structural changes as we plan our resource needs for the next few years.  These structural changes include the blending of the technical support previously provided to the RSEs and Labs by an Eastern and Western seed program representative into one position.  This change in structure has resulted in the termination of...