Canola Innovation

Creating a new era in agriculture

The canola industry has always owed its success to innovation. That pioneering spirit led to the development of the plant through traditional breeding in the 1970s.

Today the industry continues to invest in new varieties that are expanding canola's profitability for farmers and promise to consumers.

Consumers can look forward to foods with enhanced nutritional qualities, improved methods of monitoring food safety and extended shelf life. A recent example is high oleic canola oil, which remains stable without hydrogenation, providing new opportunities to reducetrans fat in food. In the future, we can also expect to see other specialty canola products such as ultra-low saturated fat and omega-3 enhanced canola.

For farmers, innovation means the crop is easier to grow, higher yields, greater hardiness under a wider range of conditions and less pressure to use chemicals. It also means new market opportunities. Within a few years, half of canola acres may be devoted to special kinds of canola developed to meet specific market needs.

Biotechnology is greatly accelerating these advances. GM or transgenic canola came on the scene in 1995, and quickly revolutionized the industry. With these new tools and a science-based regulatory regime, Canada is continuing to lead the world in responsible canola innovation.

Learn more about:

Herbicide-tolerant canola

Regulatory approvals for GM crops

History of canola


Download Canadian Studies:

Malla, S., & Brewin, D. (2015). The value of a new biotechnology considering R&D investment and regulatory issues. AgBioForum, 18 (1), 6-25. 

Brewin, D.G., & Malla, S. (2012). The consequences of biotechnology: A broad view of the changes in  the Canadian canola sector, 1969 to 2012. AgBioForum, 15 (3), 257-275. 

Assessing the Economic and Ecological Impacts of Herbicide Tolerant Canola in Western Canada, 2010:

Agronomic and Economic Assessment of Transgenic Canola, 2001:

Download International Studies:

Graham Brookes & Peter Barfoot (2015). Environmental impacts of genetically modified (GM) crop use 1996–2013: Impacts on pesticide use and carbon emissions. GM Crops & Food, 6:2, 103-133.

Graham Brookes & Peter Barfoot (2015). Global income and production impacts of using GM crop technology 1996–2013. GM Crops & Food, 6:1, 13-46. 

James, Clive (2014). Global Status of Commercialized Biotech/GM Crops: 2014. ISAAA Brief No. 49. ISAAA: Ithaca, NY.
Smyth, S. J. et al. (2015). Global Economic, Environmental and Health Benefits from GM Crop Adoption. Global Food Security. 
Carpenter, J. (2010). Peer-reviewed surveys indicate positive impact of commercialized GM crops. Nature Biotechnology, 28 (4), 319-321.
Links to Biotechnology Resources:


Ag-West Bio

All About Food


CropLife Canada

CropLife International

Genome Canada