COTA’s research program works to provide in-depth background information and analysis on various segments of the Canadian organic sector. COTA collects data on organic acreage and on the number of organic producers in the country, while collaborating with industry leaders on an ad hoc basis to assess critical organic issues and respond to the sector’s priorities.
National and provincial market and consumer analysis
COTA recently published a comprehensive Canada organic market analysis. This in-depth publication provides the most up-to-date overview of Canadian organic agriculture and the organic market, combining consumer research with sales data to provide valuable insight into market size, growth trends and Canadian consumers.
The detailed report, "Canada's Organic Market, 2013-Growth, Trends and Opportunities" is now available for purchase; click here to find out more
. Detailed reports for the provinces of British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec are also available.
You can access the Executive Summary
and national highlights in English and in French.
National production analysis
COTA partners with COG, certifying bodies, and regional groups to compile annual production statistics. COTA also leads the official submission on Canada in the annual “World of Organic Agriculture” published by IFOAM and FiBL.
Organic and ecological seed market analysis
COTA has released the first comprehensive study on the organic and ecological seed market in Canada, conducted in partnership with the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security, a project of USC Canada. The study shows the current value of organic and ecological seed in Canada at over $78 million per year, including $28 million in vegetable seed and $20 million in purchased field crop seed. The research also reaffirms the value and importance of saved seed for organic farms, at over $30 million per year, and recommends public policy to support the continued growth of the organic sector, including the practice of seed-saving. A downloadable PDF of the full report is available here