What is Seed of the Year?

Seed of the Year has two objectives:

  • It is a competition designed to recognize a publicly developed Canadian field crop, forage, fruit, vegetable or herb variety that has made a significant contribution to the agri-food industry.
  • It acknowledges the many accomplishments of public plant breeders.


Any publicly developed Canadian seed variety can be nominated for Seed of the Year honours.

How is the selection made?

A committee from industry, government, academia and media will judge entries.
Selection will be based on:

  • Innovation
  • Impact on the industry
  • Presence throughout the value chain
  • Sustainability
  • Marketability

Three finalists will be chosen and announced early fall.

When and where is the competition held?

A recognition event at the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair in Toronto will take place in November. At this time, the Seed of the Year winner will be unveiled.


Seed of the Year was an initiative brought to fruition through a partnership between SeCan Association and the University of Guelph. A steering committee was formed with industry representatives to determine application and selection criteria. The first Seed of the Year winner was recognized in November 2005.