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About COTA

With members across Canada, the Canada Organic Trade Association works to connect everyone along the organic supply chain and provide a clear, unified voice on all issues that affect the Canadian organic sector.

COTA works in four strategic areas:

Government relations

As a registered lobbyist organization, COTA has created ongoing relationships with the legislators that make the decisions that affect our sector. COTA is the recognized face of organics at the House of Commons, and the now well-known Parliament Day allows COTA to bring both worlds together. 

Consumer education

COTA conducts ongoing research on a variety of issues relevant to the sector, such as the organic marketplace, seeds, etc. This research is focused on building the sector’s capacity for access to reliable data.  Solid data is critical to guiding organic policy-making and planning for long-term domestic and international strategies. 
COTA also coordinates the National Organic Week and helps manage the Choose Canada Organic campaign. Additionally, COTA maintains an active Canadian media presence, promoting the organic sector, educating the public and protecting organic product integrity.

Global market opportunities & export development

COTA, with assistance from Agriculture and AgriFoods Canada, has developed an international marketing strategy to promote the growth of Canada’s organic sector. COTA has focused on export marketing, trade show participation, market intelligence and trade missions.

Research & Market Analysis

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.