Country Report: Canada

  • Marie-Eve ArbourEmail author
  • Steven Hoeung
Part of the Ius Comparatum - Global Studies in Comparative Law book series (GSCL, volume 14)


Genetically modified organisms are at the heart of the Canadian economy. Generally speaking, GMOs are perceived more as foodstuffs capable of fostering trade rather than a threat to people’s health. WTO litigation or the absence of EU-Style labeling suggest that GMO enjoy great support from the government and the population. Although some municipalities declare themselves GMO-free, “moratoria” or “thresholds” are extraneous to the Canadian GMO-legislation. In addition, private law reveals itself quite incapable of compensating damages sustained by GMO activity. In synthesis, Canada aligns itself to liberal attitudes to GMO farming.


Genetically Modify Precautionary Principle Genetically Modify Organism Genetically Modify Food Product Liability 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Université LavalQuébecCanada

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