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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: February 17, 2021
Titre: InfoBio February 2021


Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee
REMINDER -Comment period – 21 January to 21 February 2021




New podcasts with Canadian researchers


Emma Bryce is joining the OFC as the new Communications Manager

Read more


Date: January 21, 2021
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee

New Comment period – January 21 to February 21, 2021

Is organic feed required during transport and handling of livestock when the duration of transit exceeds 5 hours (6.5.5)?


When liquid ingredients are composed of solids dissolved in added water, is the added water excluded or included in the percent organic calculation?


When calculating the organic percentage of a multi-ingredient product, that is a mixture of solid and liquid ingredients (9.1.3c), and there are no reconstitution claims, is the mass of each ingredient used as-is, or should any salt or water in each of these ingredients be removed prior to the calculation?


Can gelling agents such as guar gum and xanthan gum be added into drinking water/feed for crickets? This will stop crickets from drowning especially as they are small when they first hatch.

… and many additional questions and answers.


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 30-day comment period ending February 21, 2021


All comments regarding these answers should be sent to

Date: December 11, 2020
Titre: The 2020 Canadian Organic Standards are published!


Today, the Canadian General Standards Board published the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards - Organic Production Systems:

General Principles and management standards


Permitted Substances Lists



From today’s date of publication, all operators have one year to comply with the revised clauses of the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards.


To make it easier for operators, the OFC has prepared documents presenting the 2015 and 2020 standards side-by-side with the 2020 modifications highlighted.

Click here to access the 2015-2020 comparisons!


The OFC has also published a series of articles informing the industry of the main changes to the standards.


The Final Q&As issued by the Standards Interpretation Committee have been updated to comply with the 2020 COS.

Date: November 3, 2020
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee

New Comment period – November 2 to December 2, 2020

Can a buffer zone be established on land not owned by the operation?


Can plastic foundation that has been dipped in non-organic beeswax be used when organic beeswax dipped plastic foundations are not commercially available?


Can potassium nitrate be an allowed fertilizer in organic production, if the nitrogen was derived from compliant anaerobic digestate?


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 30-day comment period from November 2 to December 2, 2020.


All comments regarding these answers should be sent to 

Date: October 1, 2020
Titre: Countdown to the publication of the 2020 Canadian Organic Standards


Livestock health and nutrition

A compromise about feed supplements and vaccines - read more


Greenhouse crops

A final decision to prohibit 100% artificial lighting - read more

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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