The State of Organics in Canada – July 2017 Report

The State of Organics in Canada

The Canada Organic Trade Association recently released a report on the state of Organic in Canada.  The report rates each province as well as the federal government on four categories: (1) Regulation & Enforcement; (2) Supporting Organic Production; (3) Building the Organic Market; and (4) Data Collection.

Here are the highlights:

Gaps in organic regulations persist in some jurisdictions

The Federal Government introduced national organic regulations in 2009. Manitoba, British Columbia, Nova Scotia and New Brunswick have adopted the national standards. Quebec has its own regulation, and the remainder of the provinces and territories do not have any regulation at all. This leaves significant gaps as provinces and territories without regulations
cannot enforce or regulate intra-provincial/territorial organic claims.

Quebec is leading the way in government commitment to the organic sector

Quebec is a leader among the provinces and territories. It has the oldest organic regulations and extensive organic production support, market support and data collection.

Ontario is falling short despite being the largest market

Ontario is the largest organic market in Canada. Yet, there are no provincial regulations and provincial government support is limited and inconsistent.

Organic data collection systems are limited and inconsistently available

One of the greatest gaps in policy and programming is the limited amount of data collection for the organic sector. The lack of robust, consistent and timely data results in uninformed decision making, which poses a risk to the sector. Quebec and Manitoba have the most extensive data collection efforts across jurisdictions.

To read the full report, click here:  The State of Organics: Federal-Provincial-Territorial Performance Report 2017

For a Globe and Mail article summarizing the report, click here.