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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: November 9, 2012
Titre: OFC Celebrates its 5th Anniversary

OFC was officially launched in October 2007!

Ted Zettel, President of OFC, comments that time flies when you’re having fun!  He adds that the organic sector is still growing and gaining recognition as a success story within the food system – one that is here to stay.  "We have a long road ahead of us and need to continue to work hard to protect what we’ve accomplished."


To highlight OFC 5th anniversary, we are posting some of the best articles and communication prepared by OFC during these years.
The posters, interviews, articles and films describe the Canadian organic sector issues, challenges and successes. Lets hope that the next assessment in 5 years from now will show a continued growth of the organic production and consumption.


Click here to read more.

Date: October 29, 2012
Titre: Maintaining Organic Data in Canada

Census of Agriculture

Statistics Canada plans to erase questions about organic agriculture in Census 2016

Please voice the sector’s needs - Click here to read more


The Statistics Canada document that shows which sections will be cut - Q 199, 200, 201 (step 35 -page 15) can be consulted by clicking here.


The template for submitting comments is here. DEADLINE: November 16 2012.


Click on OFC Submission and Organic Alberta submission to get examples.




Date: October 19, 2012
Titre: InfoBio October 2012


Updates on Organic Trade Agreements


Some 100 Research Projects Submitted to OACC


Standards Interpretation Committee:

         Call for nominations

         Open Comment Period: New Answers to Questions



Organic Olympics: No Medal for Canada


Click here for details



Date: October 10, 2012
Titre: SIC Nominations and Public Comment Period

SIC - Call for Nominations

The Canada Organic Office, in cooperation with the Organic Federation of Canada, has established a permanent system for interpretation of the Canadian Organic Standard, the Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) being an important element of this system.  


The terms of three committee members are ending in December 2012 and you are invited to submit nominations for these three positions. Click here to know how to submit your nominations.


We will accept nominations until November 9th 2012.

Questions and Answers on issues related to the Canadian Organic Standards

How should the minimum buffer zone be measured in an orchard? Can green char be used in organic agriculture? Can livestock feed harvested from the buffer zones around organic cropland be fed to livestock in transition to organic?


Click here to consult the proposed answers to the various questions (also attached), raised by organic stakeholders, regarding the National Standards for Organic Agriculture.


The proposed responses are subject to a 60 day comment period starting October 4th and closing December 3rd 2012. All comments regarding these answers should be sent to

Date: September 28, 2012


Today, the OFC invites you to voice your concerns and share your opinions about how to prevent and manage GMO contamination risks.


The OFC Blog is ready to collect your thoughts!


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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