Organic food refers to the output from organic agriculture, which is a holistic production method that contributes to the enhancement of biodiversity, good soil health and ecological balance. The principal goal of organic production is to operate sustainably and in harmony with the environment. To identify an organic product in Canada, look for the Canada Organic logo, which can only appear on foods that are 95 per cent or more organic.
Canadian law requires all organic foods that cross interprovincial or international borders to be regulated under both the Food and Drug Regulations and Organic Product Regulations, and are subject to enforcement by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency.
Learn more about these regulations here.
In order to be certified as organic and use the Canada Organic Logo, manufacturers must adhere to the Canadian Organic Standards. These standards are among the most widely recognized in the world, and place strict limitations and prohibitions on the use of toxic and persistent pesticides; synthetic fertilizers; the routine use of drugs, antibiotics or synthetic hormones; animal cloning; Genetically Modified Organisms (GMOs); sewage sludge (biosolids); and exposure to radiation. Organic standards also forbid the use of artificial food colours, flavours, sweeteners, preservatives and many other processing aids and ingredients commonly found in processed foods.
Learn more about the Canadian Organic Standards here.
There are more than 3,700 organic farms in Canada covering 825,000 hectares of land, each producing fresh, home-grown food that’s nutritious, tastes great and is good for our environment and communities. These farms employ more than 11,000 agricultural workers, making Canada the fourth largest market for organics in the world. On average, the organics industry contributes more than $3.5 billion to our economy annually, and over 20 million Canadians choose organic options for their groceries each week. Learn more about organics here.
To learn more about organic food in Canada, download our Canada Organic Brochure.