Operations Within Canada

Certification to the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) standard and COR equivalencies:

Any operation or portion of an operation located in Canada that is producing organic food products is required to be certified directly to the Canadian Organic Regime (COR) Standards. CCOF can provide organic certification to the COR standards for Handler operations only, with identical benefits to USDA NOP certification. 

In order to obtain this certification from CCOF, organic operations located in Canada must:

If part of your operation is in Canada and part is in the United States, it is necessary for you to have two separate certifications with CCOF. The facilities in Canada must be certified to COR and cannot be certified to the NOP. The facilities in the United States must be certified to the NOP and cannot be certified to COR.

Contact getcertified@ccof.org for more information about how to enroll in the CCOF COR Compliance program.

COR Labeling Requirements and Use of the COR Logo

CCOF has developed a helpful International Market Labeling Guide to explain labeling requirements for products sold in Canada. Submit all labels to CCOF for approval prior to printing.

Download the COR logo. Additional information on labeling is available from the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA).

Canadian Equivalence Arrangements: United States, Japan, EU, Switzerland, Costa Rica

The Canadian Organic Regime (COR) has entered in to several equivalence arrangements with other organic markets. Each equivalence arrangement has specific terms that must be met and verified in order to export organic product from Canada to that specified location. CCOF is able to verify your operation to the equivalence arrangements between Canada and the US, Japan, the EU, and Switzerland through our Global Market Access (GMA) program. If you would like to export to Costa Rica please contact export@ccof.org.

Please follow the link for the equivalence arrangement you are interested in to learn about export and import requirements.

CCOF Operations Certified to the COR Standards

You can find CCOF clients certified to the COR standards in real time by accessing our online directory and checking the Canada Organic Regime (COR) Certified box under “Certification”.

Regulatory Bodies in Canada

  • Canada Organic Office (COO): Rola Yehia, National Manager. Tel: (613) 773-5476; Rola.Yehia@inspection.gc.ca; Canadian Food Inspection Agency, Floor 6, Room 134, 1400 Merivale Road, Tower 2, Ottawa, ON K1A 0Y9
  • Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA): Implements standards, approves accreditors and accredits certifiers (with accreditor recommendation), negotiates equivalency agreements.
  • Canadian General Standards Board: Develops standards and materials lists as part of a public consensus-based process. Composed of several working groups: PSL, Crops, Livestock, Processing.

Canadian Organic Regime Background

On June 24, 2009, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) released updated organic regulations for implementation on July 1, 2009, that included a new Canadian Organic Logo.

On June 18, 2009, the USDA and CFIA signed an agreement that recognizes each country’s organic standards as equivalent. This agreement, the first of its kind for the United States, promises to benefit U.S. and Canadian producers, processors, and consumers.

On July 1, 2009, Canadian Organic Regime (COR) standards became effective for organic products sold in Canada. CCOF prepared our clients for this important organic standards development with the United States’ largest agricultural trading partner by modifying our programs and documents to ensure that the needs of CCOF clients are met for products sold to, or produced in, Canada.

Full implementation of the U.S.-Canada Organic Equivalency Arrangement came into effect on July 1, 2011.