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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.

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Date: October 27, 2014
Titre: Canadia Organic Standards Committee

InfoBio October 2014

New Comment Period - October 27 to December 23 2014

  • Is it possible to pasteurize organic honey?
  • Can Dextrose be used as a flavouring agent in organic products?
  • Relating to table 4.2 "Compost obtained from off-farm sources", which elements are considered "trace contaminants"?

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

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).


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



Date: October 16, 2014
Titre: InfoBio October 2014

Review of the Canadian Organic Standards

  • Comments from the Public Review now being assessed by the Working Groups
  • Short news...

Organic Standards Interpretation Committee  - Call for Nominations

Deadline – November 3rd 2014


Organic Science Cluster II

  • The Announcement of the Organic Science Cluster II is on line!
  • The Research Activity of the month - Development of sustainable alternative sources of bedding for dairy cows

Why Organic?

  • Glyphosate appears to be strongly correlated with the rise in celiac disease

  • Neonics impact all species that chew a plant, sip its sap, drink its nectar, eat its pollen or fruit

Read more

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

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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