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Learn About Organic in Canada

The Canadian organic sector is a rapidly growing industry. In 2012 the Canada organic market was worth $3.5 billion per year, showing a threefold growth since 2006 and outpacing other agri-market sectors. COTA’s estimates there are roughly 5000 certified organic farms, processors and handlers nationwide, and approximately 825 thousand hectares of organic farmland across Canada. 
COTA’s consumer awareness projects highlight the benefits and the importance of organic agriculture. 

Revised Canadian Organic Standards

The first fully revised Canadian Organic Standards since 2009 were published in November 2015. The revised standards include many improvements and clarifications over the previous version. COTA was highly involved in the working groups and voted on amendments to protect the integrity of the organic claim and our members’ businesses. The full revised standards and the Permitted Substances Lists are available online.

Organic Week  

Canada’s national Organic Week is the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products across the country. 
Each year, hundreds of individual events showcase the benefits of organic agriculture and its positive impacts on the environment. Events include anything from pickling workshops to recipe contests, farm tours or organic food and drink tastings in retail locations across the country. 
Organic Week is a key opportunity to help publicize your involvement in the organic sector. Sponsorship benefits include special Globe and Mail advertorial opportunities, poster and web recognition, social media cross referencing and more. To find out more or to get involved, visit and follow us on Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Twitter or email


Choose Canada Organic

It seems that organic is on everyone's lips these days, but what does :organic" really mean?
Based on key findings, confusion is the #1 challenge that is limiting the growth and acceptance of Canadian Organic products, namely:
–  Natural versus organic
–  Credibility and awareness of the certification program
–  Health benefits
–  Canadian organics versus imports
–  Lack of understanding of current farming practices and technologies
Created by the Canadian organic sector, with input from consumers, the Choose Canada Organic campaign is part of a national branad strategy to overcome the many challenges faced by the organic sector.

Annual Insert in the Globe and Mail

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Rebecca Schwartz
Communications Coordinator
(613) 482-1717