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Date: October 1, 2014
Titre: InfoBio October 1st 2014

Nominations - Standards Interpretation Committee

The Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) has been created to assist the Canadian Organic Office (COO) in the interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standard (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB 32.311), in order to achieve uniform application of the rules to all operators through various certifying bodies.


The terms of two committee members, Jean Duval and Janine Gibson, are ending in November 2014 and an additional vacant seat has to be filled. You are invited to submit nominations for these three positions. Click here to learn more about the nomination process.


Report on the last comment period – June-August 2014

The SIC has analyzed the comments received during the last public consultation held from June to August 2014. The report  presents the Q&As as archived in the Final Q&As section.

Please note that the question about “Sprouts and shoots” has been removed from the Final Q&As; the SIC interpretation is under review.

Date: September 19, 2014

We all share the same standard!

Kick off your Organic Week Celebration by taking a close look at proposed revisions to the Canadian Organic Standards.

Canadian producers, processors and traders are linked by the national organic standard, drafted to create consensus around organic production and processing practices.  This standard is the basis of the whole Canadian industry. We presently have the unique chance to thoroughly review the text that defines organic food production.


This organic week-end, contribute your perspective by taking a look at the draft currently under review.  The deadline to receive public comments is next week, September 22nd.  All the information you need is here!

Visit for more information about other Organic Week activities!

Date: September 9, 2014
Titre: Public Review of the Canadian Organic Standards is underway

The Canadian Organic Standards are now under review, and many modifications are suggested in order to modernize and clarify organic practices.


To consult the proposed modifications, click on the following links:


General Principles and Management Standards

A draft version with tracked changes  
A “clean” draft version 
The revised version of clause 6.8.10
    (with modification of the numbering)

You can also downlaod a simplified version of all tracked changes - click here


Permitted Substances Lists

A draft version with tracked changes
A “clean” draft version

To submit a comment - Deadline: September 22  2014

For submitting a comment on the proposed changes to either or both CAN/CGSB-32.310 General Principles and Management Standards and CAN/CGSB-32.311 Permitted Substances Lists, please use the following form:
32-20 Comment Form - formulaire pour commentaire

Date: August 22, 2014
Titre: InfoBio August 22 2014


Public Review of the Canadian Organic Standards is underway - All organic producers and processors are invited to comment the proposed modifications


Organic Science Cluster II - A sunny announcement for the Organic Science Cluster II with Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, Gerry Ritz


From Organic Science Cluster I to Organic Science Cluster II - Dr Martin Entz pursues his research on the Glenlea Project becomes the main national list of approved inputs


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Date: August 12, 2014
Titre: Minister Gerry Ritz announces the Organic Science Cluster II
The announcement of Organic Science Cluster II took place today on Dalhousie University's Agricultural Campus in Truro, NS. L'annonce de la Grappe scientifique biologique II a eu lieu aujourd'hui sur le campus de la Faculté d'agriculture de l'Université Dalhousie à Truro, N.-É.  From left to right/De gauche à droite: Tim Livingstone, Organic Federation of Canada; Scott Armstrong, MP for Cumberland-Colchester-Musquodoboit Valley; Dr. Richard Florizone, President of Dalhousie University; The Honourable Gerry Ritz, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada; and Dr. Andy Hammermeister, OACC Director, Dalhousie University.


There will be a second Organic Science Cluster: Minister Gerry Ritz, of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, made the official announcement today, August 12 2014, on the Agricultural Campus of Dalhousie University, in Truro, where is now located the Organic Agriculture Center of Canada.


The Organic Science Cluster II  (OSCII) will be managed by the Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada at Dalhousie University in collaboration with the Organic Federation of Canada, the industry applicant. The Organic Science Cluster II is supported by over 65 contributing partners and it includes 37 research Activities. The OSCII also includes collaborating researchers from over 36 research institutions across Canada.


“We, organic producers and processors, are very happy with the announcement of the Organic Science Cluster II, as we will have over 135 researchers from over 40 Canadian institutions helping us improving the yield of our crops, recycling our resources, having a better control of our weeds, taking better care of our farm animals, in order to offer quality food to Canadian consumers and to consumers in countries where our organic products are exported”, commented Tim Livingstone, representing the OFC at the announcement.


Tim added that “This is fantastic to discover how organic production can be improved through scientific research targeting organic production under the Canadian climate and agronomic background, while allowing organic farmers and processors to continue developing food production practices that remain sustainable and compliant with the Canadian Organic Standards regulated by the federal government”.


Read more about the OSCII by clicking here.
To read AAFC press release, click here.

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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