If your operation is in Canada, CCOF can provide organic certification to the Canadian Organic Regime Standards (COR) with identical benefits to CCOF USDA NOP certification. Any operation or portion of an operation located in Canada that is producing organic food products is required to be certified directly to the COR standards. 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.
CCOF has developed a helpful Canada Organic Regime Labeling Guide to explain labeling requirements for products sold in Canada. These requirements apply whether the product originates from outside or inside Canada. Submit all labels to CCOF for approval prior to printing.
Contact email@example.com for more information about how to enroll in the CCOF COR Compliance program.
On July 5, 2011, the European Commission and the Canadian Organic Office announced an Equivalency Arrangement. The equivalency allows products grown in Canada to be exported to the EU without any additional verification. Additionally, products made in the EU may be imported to Canada without any additional verification.
Highlights of the Arrangement:
If your operation is located in Canada and you export products to the EU that are NOT 100% grown in Canada, or export products to EU certified operators other than the United States or EU, you must enroll in CCOF’s International Standard program, in addition to the CCOF COR Compliance program.
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. This means full enforcement of the rules regarding export of U.S. certified organic crops and products that are sent, either directly or indirectly, to Canada. Prior to this date, the Canadian Organic Office allowed a "stream of commerce" policy while the industry readied itself for full compliance with the requirements.
The Organic Trade Association (OTA) and the OTA Canada office have been working to keep the U.S. organic market informed regarding the Canadian organic program, and is one of the best sources of information with a U.S. perspective. They are facilitating a Canada/U.S. equivalency task force that CCOF is participating in on behalf of our members.
A list of CCOF clients enrolled in the COR Compliance program can be accessed through the advanced search of our online directory. Simply select the “COR Compliance (Handling)” box in the search form. All clients with Canadian equivalency can be searched by selecting “Canada Equivalency” in the same advanced search form.
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the CCOF COR Compliance program.