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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: July 25, 2017
Titre: Amendment of the Canadian Organic Standards

Publication of amended standard delayed


The Committee on Organic Agriculture of the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB) has voted on modifications to a number of clauses of the Canadian Organic Standards (COS). As the CGSB is working on a cost-recovery basis, there have been ongoing discussions about the funding of the amendment process of the COS, the amended standard will be published when this funding issue  is resolved.


In light of the anticipated revisions, and until the publication of the 2017 amendments of the COS (CAN/CGSB-32.310-2015 and CAN/CGSB-32.311-2015),  the following clauses are not applicable as such and are subjected to an ‘opportunity for improvement’  for concerned operators.



Clause 7.5.5 b), c) and d)



  • Table 4.2 – Anaerobic digestate, Sulphur elemental
  • Table 4.3 – Biological organisms, Formulants
  • Table 5.2 – Acids for water treatment, Amino acids – only related to the use of DL-methionine, DL-methionine – hydroxy analog and DL methionine – hydroxy analog calcium 15 (CAS #’s 59-51-8, 853-91-5, 4857-44-7, and 922-50-9) in hog production
  • Table 6.5 – Ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
  • Permitted substances Lists for cleaners, disinfectants and sanitizers, clause 7.1.3
  • Table 8.2 – Diatomeous Earth



Date: June 29, 2017
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee

The SIC submit to public comment answers to questions issued by organic stakeholders.


New public comment period - July 1st to August 1st 2017

Click here to consult the SIC answers and submit your comments.


Reminder - Public comment period - June 5th to July 5th 2017

Click here to consult the SIC answers and submit your comments.



Date: June 8, 2017
Titre: InfoBio June 2017


The non-compliances under organic management

The survey's results

The Organic Federation of Canada launched a survey from December 2016 to March 2017 to better understand the nature of the non-compliances in organic operations. The report is now available!


Invited university and AAFC researchers prepare proposals
Organic Science Cluster III – a future full of promise


The Government of Canada is investing $4.28 million in organic agriculture research facility in Victoriaville


Click here to read InfoBio

Date: June 5, 2017
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee

New public comment period

The SIC submit to public comment answers to questions issued by organic stakeholders.

Click here to consult the SIC answers and submit your comments.


Reports from the Standards Interpretation Committee

Public Comment Period – March 6 to April 6  2017 – click here

Public Comment Period – April 10 to May 10 2017 – click here


Date: April 24, 2017
Titre: InfoBio April 24 2017


Important survey
How does research makes its way back to you


A convincing ‘story-telling’ by Kristine Nichols
How soil biology builds Resilience in Organic Systems


Public consultation on the proposed Safe Food for Canadians Regulations
OFC/FBC comments and recommendations

Click here  to read InfoBio



Click here to read Briefing Note to Minister

Interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standards

The Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee answers your questions.


Click here to see the answers provided by the Committee to questions raised by the organic sector.


Do you want to address a question to the Committee? Follow the link.

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: October 30, 2014

Local + organic -  A win-win situation for growers, consumers and the environment.

Small-scale organic farmers represent the face of the Canadian organic industry—at the farmers’ market, CSA drop-off and at the restaurant back door. Many of these farmers, however, are not certified organic.


The Working Group on Small Scale Organic Certification has drafted two organic certification models that aim to be attainable for a small-scale producer focusing mainly on direct sales (farm-gate, CSA, farmer’s market, etc.): the Peer Certification Model and the Organic Affidavit model. 


What do you perceive to be the strengths and/or weaknesses of these models? Which would be more appropriate for your farm?  Should either model include random third-party inspections—and if so, to what extent?

Share your perspective on OFC's 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!

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