History & Values



The Canadian Special Crops Association (CSCA) is a national trade association established in 1987. It represents companies involved in the merchandising of Canadian pulse and special crops, including bean, chickpea, lentil, pea, canary seed, buckwheat, sunflower seed and mustard seed.


Today the CSCA offers a range of services in relation to market access, transportation and market development for the entire value chain, from production through processing. The CSCA currently has more than 110 members and partners, ranging from large multi-national organizations to single-plant processors. Together they represent more than 85% of the pulse and special crops produced in Canada. The Association has evolved over the years to reflect the changing scope of member needs in the pulse and special crops industry in Canada.



  1. We are pragmatic problem solvers in an evolving industry serving a changing world.
  2. We believe that success is a measurable result.
  3. Performance is calculated by how we add to the financial success of our members.
  4. We respect the perspectives and priorities of individual members as we work to provide services that benefit the entire industry.
  5. We believe in the power of strategic partnerships and in working efficiently.
  6. The ongoing vitality of our industry requires that we constantly challenge ourselves to do better by adding new perspectives.
  7. Leading with passion and taking risks is part of what is needed to create an enabling environment in which innovation will flourish.
  8. We will contribute to a work environment that earns respect from stakeholders and generates pride for all staff and members.