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COTA Vision

The Canada Organic Trade Association envisions organic products becoming a significant part of everyday life, enhancing people's lives and the environment. Through our leadership and collaboration, COTA provides a strong voice for organic in Canada.

COTA Mission and Statement of Principle
COTA's mission is to promote and protect the growth of organic trade to benefit the environment, farmers, the public and the economy. COTA recognizes the business of organic farming as the foundation of the organic sector, and works to connect everyone along the organic supply chain. We develop new markets and foster strong networks.

Who We Are and What We Do
The Canada Organic Trade Association is the membership-based trade association for the organic sector in Canada, representing growers, shippers, processors, certifiers, farmers associations, distributors, importers, exporters, consultants, retailers and all points along the organic value chain.
COTA enables all members of the organic sector to share a strong voice to ensure the protection of the organic sector and encourage its continued growth. COTA represents our members to government on sector issues, market development, and the need for strong organic standards and regulations.
COTA maintains an active Canadian media presence, promoting the organic sector, educating the public and protecting organic product integrity. COTA raises public and government awareness to the organic industry through initiatives like the national Organic Week and the Think Before You Eat consumer outreach and education campaign.
COTA supports its members with the latest information and quick answers on organic regulations and standards in Canada and around the world, with advocacy and representation, by connecting and strengthening the organic business community, and through our leadership in the organic sector. 
COTA strives to use our resources in a sustainable and financially responsible manner, with attention to the environmental and ethical principles upon which the organic sector is founded.  

Contact COTA:
Tia Loftsgard, Executive Director
Ann Fisbein, Executive Office Manager
Kirsten Cole, International Relations & Membership Manager
Lauren Martin, Government Relations & Regulatory Affairs Manager
Jill Guerra, Research & Special Projects Coordinator
Rebecca Schwartz, Communications Coordinator
Office number: (613) 482-1717.
We moved! You can find COTA at: 
4 Florence Street, Suite 210
Ottawa, ON K2P 0W7