Organic food and beverages production requirements can be found in the national standards as approved by the Standards Council of Canada.
- Find more information about organic standards (Certified Organic Associations of B.C.)
The Certified Organic Associations of B.C. states that there are almost 500 certified organic agricultural producers and over 200 certified processors and handlers in the province.
Recent Organic Policy Changes
As of September 1, 2018, the term “organic” is now a protected label within BC for agricultural products that have been produced or processed in BC, and for which certified organic programs exist.
Food and beverages that are produced or processed using organic methods can be certified organic. The certified organic marks show consumers that the product meets defined national standards. You can confirm that a product is certified organic by looking for a symbol of certification. You can also ask the company for a copy of their certification.
If you suspect that a product is falsely labelled as organic, contact the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
B.C. Organic food and beverage products that are marketed exclusively within B.C. currently do not have to be certified. Note - this will be changing September, 2018.
If your product is certified under the provincial program, you may be entitled to use the B.C. Certified Organic phrase and checkmark logo.
B.C. organic food and beverage products that are marketed outside of B.C. require federal or ISO certification under the Organic Products Regulations.
If your product is certified under the federal Canada Organic Regime, you may be entitled to use the Canada Organic logo.
Any B.C. grown or processed organic food and beverage products that are going to be exported to other provinces or internationally must be certified organic under the federal government’s Organic Products Regulations (OPR).
How do I Certify?
There are many certification bodies. These organizations certify food and beverage products to the Canada Organic Standard.
Learn more through:
Once you become certified, there are promotional materials available to you including the use of the B.C. checkmark or Canada Organic logos. Materials can be given to your customers to help educate them about what it means when a food and beverage product is marketed organic and how to identify organic food and beverage products in the marketplace. This program helps to build trust in the organic certification system.
You may also consider promoting your organic farm through the farmer profiles on Think Canada Organic.