The State of Organics in Canada – A Performance Report

The First-Ever Look at Organics in Canada

In July 2017, the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) released a performance report on the state of organics in Canada. The overall goal of the report was to build government support of the organic sector. The first of its kind, the report looked at organics from the federal, provincial and territorial levels. The report found that organics in Canada have been expanding throughout the past decade and are consequently thriving.

Organics in BC

British Columbia, in particular, has one of the country’s longest histories of growing and eating organic, and is no exception to the national growth trend. BC has “the strongest organic market in Canada, with 66% of consumers buying organic weekly,” said Jen Gamble, executive director of operations for the Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC). In an effort to provide consistent regulations,  The Ministry of Agriculture announced that organic standards (which are currently voluntary in BC) will become mandatory as of 2018, making BC the 5th province in the country to have provincial regulations.

When the new regulations come into effect,  all food
and beverages marketed as ‘organic’ in BC must be
certified through an accredited certifying body.

Recommendations

In their report, COTA puts forward 3 recommendations for government:

  1.  Ensure that all provinces and territories adopt organic regulations.
  2.  Invest in expanded and improved organic data collection systems.
  3.  Increase organic policies and programs across jurisdictions.

Annual reports will monitor progress, and will highlight successes  moving forward.

External Links

For a short summary and press-release from COABC, visit: http://www.certifiedorganic.bc.ca/infonews/newsmedia/First_Ever_National_Organic_Sector_Report.pdf

To read COTA’s full report, visit: https://www.ota.com/sites/default/files/StateofOrganics_2017-FINAL2.pdf

 

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