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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: July 24, 2012
Titre: InfoBio July 2012


How does the Consumer Packaging and Labelling Act apply to “organic”  products that are not certified under the Canadian Organic Regulations?


Questions & Answers about Canadian Organic Standards open to comment


Why Organic? A total of 52 809 585 kg of pesticide active ingredients were reported as being sold for use in the agricultural sector in Canada in 2008


Antibiotics cause superbugs in chicken and threatens women’s health.


No good news about GMOs


To read more, click on InfoBio July 2012

Date: July 16, 2012
Titre: New Questions & Answers from the Standards Interpretation Committee

Can inputs, which have been produced using substrates from GE plants, be used in organic food production?
Are topical applications of antibiotics in milking cows requiring a 30 day withdrawal?
Is crop rotation mandatory in organic systems? Is training of staff working in organic facilities mandatory?


Mandated by the Canada Organic Office, the Canada Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) is proposing answers to these pertinent questions and all Canadian organic stakeholders are invited to issue their comments. All received comments will be assessed by the SIC.


Please click here to read and comment the Q&As submitted to the current public comment period.


Deadline for issuing your comment at  is September 17th. Thanks in advance for your attention!


Archives - Final Questions and Answers
All final questions and answers are posted on OFC website; the COO website will be updated soon.

Date: June 26, 2012
Titre: InfoBio June 2012

CFIA signs with OFC a contract for the management of the Standards Interpretation Committee with the option to extend its term by up to 3 additional years


Establishment of research priorities underway for the Organic Science Cluster


Why organic? Because beekeepers are worried neo-nicotinoid pesticides -- used extensively on corn crops – are linked to the poisonings of the bees


Summer reading & viewing


Click on InfoBio June 2012 to read more

Date: June 19, 2012
Titre: REMINDER - Questions and Answers on issues related to the Canadian Organic Standards

Questions and Answers on issues related to the Canadian Organic Standards

The Organic Standards Interpretation Committee (SIC) provides interpretive guidance on issues related to the National Standards for Organic Agriculture (CAN/CGSB 32.310 and CAN/CGSB 32.311).

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


The proposed responses are subject to a 60 day comment period starting May 10th and closing July 10th 2012.
All comments regarding these answers should be sent to


Commented Questions and Answers

The Canada Organic Office has received comments about some of the answers posted under the public comment period ending January 30th 2012; the Standards Interpretation Committee considered all comments and, when appropriate, revised these answers. In some cases, comments did not result in a change in the Q&As.


Click here  to consult the complete list of the commented and/or revised Questions and Answers (also attached). These Q&As are final and not subject to further comments; they are already integrated into the final Q&As under OFC website and will be posted soon on the COO website.


Archives - Final Questions and Answers
All final questions and answers are posted on OFC website (as pdf); the COO website will be updated soon.

Date: May 28, 2012
Titre: InfoBio May 2012


About the Standards Interpretation Committee:

  • 2012-2013 Budget allocated by CFIA
  • Reminder: Questions & Answers under public comment period
  • Guidelines on how to address a question to the SIC


Organic Value Chain Round Table - Government and organic sector industry representatives met May 7-8


OACC creates producer/researcher partnership


Organic Aquaculture Standards published


CBAN campaigns against GM apples

To read more, click on InfoBio May 2012

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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