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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: May 24, 2019
Titre: InfoBio May 2019


The review of the Canadian Organic Standards

The Public Comment will be launched soon


The Technical Committee on Organic Agriculture held its last meeting Thursday May 16th, a three-hour teleconference during which some critical issues, such as parallel production, outdoor access for poultry, calculation of the percentage of organic ingredients in processed products composed of liquid and solid ingredients, and permitted substances in crop production, were discussed.

Launched in September 2018, the review process will now enter a new phase: the public comment period during which all stakeholders and the public will have the opportunity to issue comments on the proposed modifications to the Canadian Organic Standards. 

Stay tuned! It will be your turn to comment!


Meet with the scientists

of the Organic Science Cluster 3


The OFC is pleased to present the researchers who lead the research activities of the Organic Science Cluster 3 while underlining the very special contribution of the five researchers who have also participated to the Organic Science Clusters 1 (2009-2013) and II (2013-2018).



Date: April 19, 2019
Titre: InfoBio April 2019

The Organic Federation of Canada will hold its

Annual General Meeting

Wednesday, April 24th2019, from 1:00 to 2:30 EST
By teleconference, toll-free from anywhere in Canada

Please join us!
To consult the agenda, click here!



Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee

Public comment period –April 18th to May 18th 2019

• When calculating the 36-month transition period, does it begin on the date that a prohibited GE crop was last sown? Or last harvested?


• 5.5.1 states "Animal manure produced on the operation shall be used first." If the operation raises non-organic animals, should this manure be used first before the operation attempts to source organic animal manure from off-farm?


• Does each component (e.g. surfactant, chelating agent, enzyme, and dispersant) of a detergent need to be assessed individually for its biodegradability?
… and many other questions.

Click here to read and submit comments.

Date: March 11, 2019
Titre: InfoBio March 2019


Canadian Standards Interpretation Committee

Public comment period – March 11th to April 11th 2019


• If non-organic trees or grapevines are planted before the land has completed the 36 month transition, how long before the fruit would qualify as “organic”?


• May non-organic operations raise pullets for organic layer operations?


• Is biochar in a soil mix considered part of the mineral fraction?


• Can dessicants, such as silica gel pouches, be added to containers of organic spices?

… and many other questions

Click here to read thne Q&As from the SIC.



Review of the Canadian Organic Standards

The use of some synthetic substances in organic production


What is organic food? In one way, the answer is simple - food produced according to the organic principles of health, ecology, fairness and care.


Can it be produced with synthetic fertilizers or pesticides? Well, this is where the answer gets a bit tricky.





Date: February 19, 2019
Titre: InfoBio February 2019


2020 Revision Work of the Canadian Organic Standards

2nd Consultation with the Organic Industry


The OFC can now present the decisions made at the third meeting of the Committee on Organic Agriculture of the Canadian General Standards Board (TC) held December 19, 2018.


Click here to read and comment the proposed recommendations from the Technical Committee.  DEADLINE - March 7, 2019



The review of the Canadian Organic Standards

A fast-tracked review


For the last several months, people across Canada have been talking about organic standards. Farmers, inspectors, and other foodies have spent hours on conference calls discussing proposed revisions to the Canadian Organic Standard and Permitted Substances List.



Date: January 28, 2019
Titre: InfoBio January 2019


A critical issue for the Canadian Organic sector

“Food on Food” Consultations Closing February 28th, 2019

The public consultation on the Food-on-Food List led by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA) is underway and will close on February 28th, 2019.


Review of the Canadian Organic Standards

Fresh air for organic poultry?
Does an organic chicken need to be able to go outside? Read the article from Janet Wallace.


Last chance to test your knowledge of the Canadian Organic Standard!

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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