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Provincial Organic Products Standards & Regulations

Under the new regulations, organic products that are traded across provincial or international borders or that bear the Canada Organic Logo will have to be certified to the Canadian Organic Standards (COS). The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) will have no jurisdiction to enforce the national standards for intra-provincial organic products, except in provinces that choose to implement the national standards. As of June 30, 2009, this will be the case in British Columbia, Manitoba, and Quebec.

Find out more about your province, listed below in alphabetical order.


Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development – Organic Agriculture: Getting Started

British Columbia

In British Columbia, the Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia (COABC) is the government-approved body responsible for the British Columbia Certified Organic Program, which operates under the Organic Agricultural Products Certification Regulation of the British Columbia Food Choice and Quality Act. The regulation follows the British Columbia Certified Organic Production Operation Policies and Management Standards, which will become identical to the national standards. Certification by a COABC-accredited certifying body is mandatory for those who wish to use the COABC logo (the British Columbia Certified Organic Program checkmark).


British ColumbiaProvincial organic standards, administered by COABC


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This document provides up-to-date research on the British Columbia organic agriculture industry, focusing on the province’s organic market and specific industry value chains, including horticulture, animal production, and processing and handling. Applicable provincial and national regulations are explained, and challenges and opportunities evaluated. The document also reviews Canadian and global organic agriculture, particularly that of Canada’s main trading partners in the sector, and provides an easy-to-read summary of the sector globally.


In Manitoba, a provincial law that enforces the national Organic Products Regulations (OPR) (SOR/2006-338) was implemented on June 30, 2009. Press Release.

The Organic Agricultural Products Act


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New Brunswick

New Brunswick Department of Agriculture and Aquaculture – Organic production


Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs – Organic Agriculture

Prince Edward Island

Prince Edward Island Agriculture – Organic Agriculture


In Quebec, certification by an accredited certifying body (CB) has been mandatory since 2000, as per the Act Respecting Reserved Designations and Value-Added Claims, which follows the Quebec Organic Reference Standard. The standard is administered by CARTV (Conseil des appellations réservées reserves et des termes valorisants). CARTV is planning on adopting the Canadian Organic Standards (COS) as the provincial standards.


QuebecQuebec Organic Reference Standard, administered by CARTV



Saskatchewan Agriculture – Organic Farming