The Canada Organic Regime is the Government of Canada's response to requests by the organic sector and consumers to develop a regulated system for organic agricultural products.
The Organic Products Regulations (the Regulations) define specific requirements for organic products to be labeled as organic or that bear the organic agricultural product legend (logo). The regulations came into effect on June 30, 2009.
The Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) is responsible for the monitoring and enforcement of the Regulations. Under the Regime, Certification Bodies are accredited based on the recommendation of CFIA designated Conformity Verification Bodies. The Certification Bodies are responsible for verifying the application of the Canadian Organic Standards.
The Canada Organic Regime has been developed to: Protect consumers against misleading or deceptive labeling practices; Reduce consumer confusion about the definition of organic; Facilitate the access of Canadian organic products to foreign markets that require regulatory oversight, and Support further development of the domestic market. Operators must develop an organic production system based on the Canadian Organic Standards and have their products certified by a Certification Body accredited under the Canada Organic Regime.