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Bringing together all the key players in Canada's organic industry to ensure excellent standards and regulations that stimulate the growth of Canada's organic sector, which is good for the environment, the consumer, family farms and rural communities.

Of particular interest

Date: March 5, 2014
Titre: New Comment Period - Standards Interpretation Commitee
  • Are electric trainers allowed to manage animals in tie-stalls?
  • Can organic and conventional sprouts be produced in the same facility if grown in visually distinguishable containers?
  • Can acetic acid be used for acidifying drinking water for animals?

The Organic Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) provides interpretive guidance to the Canada Organic Office on issues related to the National Standards for Organic Agriculture (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB 32.311). 


Click here to see the proposed answers to various questions raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture.


The proposed responses are subject to a 60-day comment period from March 5th to May 7th 2014
All comments regarding these answers should be sent to


Archives - Final Questions and Answers
All final questions and answers will be posted on the OFC website (as a pdf).

Date: February 26, 2014
Titre: InfioBio - OFC AGM

• Upcoming public review after the second Technical Committee meeting

• An interview with Ward Middleton, President of Organic Alberta

• Draft organic regulations under public review in New Brunswick

• Two Canadian CVBs show their lists

• USDA opens a comment period on the coexistence of organic, conventional and GM crops

The Organic Federation of Canada will hold its AGM in Barrhead - Agenda

Click here to read more.

Date: February 3, 2014
Titre: InfoBio February 2014


  •   Q&A on issues related to the Canadian Organic Standards
  •   Organic sector invited to submit requests for modifications to the Canadian Organic  Standards (COS)
  •   Survey - Organic Certification for Small-Scale Operations
  •   Monsanto promises not to sue farmers for inadvertent contamination
  •   Pesticide residues: the organic industry blamed for contamination caused by agrochemical agriculture?
  • Agenda - OFC AGM February 28 2014, Barrhead AB

  Click here to read more.                                                                                                                                                                                        

Date: January 30, 2014
Titre: Survey - Organic Certification for Small-Scale Operations


Why organic businesses do and don't certify?

Are there ways that organic certification could be designed that would serve better small scale operations?

Would your business benefit from being certified organic?


A Working Group, the Working Group on Small Scale Organic Certification, has been mandated by OFC to identify the barriers to certification and come up with proposals to create a certification process that is workable and attractive to small local organic farmers and businesses.


We invite you to help us by answering the questions of our survey: click here to reach the survey and let us what you think and what you propose.


Please contact Tony McQuail - if you have questions -





Date: December 23, 2013
Titre: Canadian Organic Standards under the spotlight

Special issue on the review of the Canadian Organic Standards!

• Report on the first meeting of the Technical Committee
• Organic sector invited to submit requests for modifications to the COS
• COS Review Working Groups welcome new participants
• Contribute generously to fund the COS review

Interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standards

• Questions and Answers on issues related to the Canadian Organic Standards
• Kelly Monaghan joins the Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC)

Click here to read more

Canadian Organic Inputs Directory

OFC has launched the Canadian Organic Inputs Directory (COID).

Visit the site now and give it a try!

Manufacturers of inputs suitable for organic agriculture can contact us to find out how to get their product listed.

The Canadian Organic Input Directory is being administered by Peppersoft Inc.

(A French version of the site is coming soon)

On our blog

Date: September 28, 2012
How to Prevent and Manage
GMO Contamination Risks

Today, the OFC invites you to voice your concerns and share your opinions about how to prevent and manage GMO contamination risks.


Do you have GMO contamination issues or concerns on your own organic operation? What would help you prevent and mitigate GMO contamination?
The OFC Blog is ready to collect your thoughts.



Let us know what you think should be the next step taken to help protect the integrity of organic products and Canada’s pristine natural environments!

Date: August 17, 2011
Title: No Intraprovincial Organic Regulations in Canada: what is the impact on the development of the Canadian organic sector?

The Canadian Organic Products Regulations (OPR) were implemented in June 2009 but they do not cover organic products produced and sold within the same province.  The province of Quebec is the only province where the intraprovincial organic market is strictly regulated.

What is the impact of not having organic products regulated and certified in local markets? Does it reduce consumer confidence in the organic designation, or can it have an impact on the value of the organic premium? Visit OFC Blog to let us know your opinion!

Date: April 7, 2011
Title: The impact of GE alfalfa on organic production

Genetically modified (GM) alfalfa has been approved for planting in the US and is one step away from being sold as seed in Canada. Please describe on OFC Blog what would be the impact of the introduction of GM alfalfa on your farming operations?

Date: April 28, 2010
Title: Organic Grain-Forage Rations in Fattening Phase of Slaughter Animals

Issue your comment on the feeding of slaughter animals in fattening phase.

Date: April 8, 2010
Title: Parallel production

Are you in favor of parallel production? Should Canada be more flexible on the issue of parallel production? If it were allowed, could parallel production be managed without compromising organic integrity? Leave your comment on OFC's blog.

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