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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: December 2, 2019
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee

New public comment period
from December 2, 2019 to January 13, 2020


• What is the difference between outdoor pastures and outdoor areas?

• Is non-organic sugar permitted as a regular food source for bees that produce organic honey?

• Can bark or forestry by-products alone fulfill the 10% compost criteria for greenhouse container growing?

• If tests demonstrate acceptable levels of heavy metals, foreign matter and human pathogens, as specified in Guidelines for Compost Quality, is compost made from Municipal Source Separated Organic (SSO) household waste, which is composed mainly of vegetal and animal origin but could contain some coloured newsprint (added to household containers to absorb moisture and odors), and possibly other prohibited substances, permitted?

... and many other questions submitted to public comment.


Click here to read the Questions and answers submitted by the SIC

Click here to read the report from the last public comment period.

Date: October 29, 2019
Titre: Review of the Canadian Organic Standards


The many comments discussed by the working groups

Revising the Canadian Organic Standard has become aa source of passion for many: the OFC received 706 comments during the three-month public consultation which ended on September 30.



Support the review of ecological practices
that define and guide our industry!

The Organic Standard is everyone's business!

The OFC is launching a fundraising campaign to continue the revision work

Funding target: $40,000


Read more

Date: September 30, 2019
Titre: Standards Interpretation Committee


Special InfoBio - Activities of the SIC


  • New Public Comment Period - from September 30 to October 30, 2019
  • Updated posting of Final Q&As
  • Call for epertise

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Date: September 19, 2019
Titre: The public review of the Organic Standards


Ten days left before sending your comments!


Launched in July 2019, the public review will close September 30. Please submit your comments!


Important notification about the Permitted Substances Lists:

Please note that the annotations for Amino Acids (table 5.2) and Vaccines (table 5.3) have been corrected from the previous circulated drafts to reflect the exact modifications recommended by the Technical Committee.

The links are:

CAN/CGSB-32.310 Organic Production Systems: General Principles and Management Standards –

- with tracked changes

- click here - clean version of 32.310

CAN/CGSB-32.311 Organic Production Systems: Permitted Substances Lists (PSL)

- with tracked changes

- click here -clean version of 32.311


You have to present your comments on the Canadian General Standards Board form  and send the form at this email address


Changes inserted in the standards themselves will not be accepted.

Please be clear and concise and submit your comment by September 30, 2019.

Date: July 3, 2019
Titre: Review of the Canadian Organic Standards

The public review has now started!

The Canadian General Standards Board is looking for your feedback!


Farmers, processors, consumers and others are invited to comment on the proposed amendments to the Standard.Deadline is September 30, 2019

The standards with the proposed amendments are presented in two versions: 


- with tracked changes (suggested deletions are crossed out and additions are underlined)



- clean version (as if the proposed changes have been accepted)



All comments have to be submitted on the form provided by CGSB and sent at


Click here to download the form.

                                      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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