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More regulations coming for Organic Producers

Dear COG Supporter,

Recently, we wrote to you about the proposed Safe Food for Canadian Regulations (SFCR) which are open for public consultation. We have recently reviewed these regulations in partnership with the Organic Federation of Canada, The Canada Organic Trade Association and with members of the Organic Value Chain Roundtable Table.

The SFCR will mean major changes for all Agricultural Operators but will include very specific impacts for the Organic Sector because the Organic Products Regulation (OPR), our sector’s governing regulation, will be housed in the SFCR. In moving our regulation, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency has also taken the opportunity to make amendments to the OPR. It is our opinion that many of these changes will be detrimental to the success of organic operators across the country.

Read the proposed SFCR here.

Our partners at the Canada Organic Trade Association will be hosting a Webinar on Tuesday, March 7th at 3pm EST to highlight the areas of concern and opportunities that the Safe Food For Canadians Regulations will bring to the organic sector and all members of the public are invited to attend. This webinar will also be recorded and shared afterwards if you can’t make it.

Join the webinar, and find out more about the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations and what it means for the Organic Sector.

Other ways to get involved: 1. CFIA Consultations: A 90 day public consultation is underway, closing on April 21st, 2017. Have your say here.
2. CFIA Information Sessions: Attend information sessions here.
3. Social Media: Join the conversation on social media here.
4. COG: You can also send your comments directly to COG by emailing me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

We hope you will get involved and be part of the solution! It is through our collective efforts that we can make a difference and pave the way for a more sustainable agricultural future in Canada.


Ashley Signature
Ashley St Hilaire
Director of Programs and Government Relations
Canadian Organic Growers
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It's Organic Week 2019

Join in the festivities by tuning in for one (or all!) of the instalments of our educational webinar series. Full schedule and registration info found here for each of our 5 webinars.

 Monday, September 9, 12:00PM-1:00PM – “Why soil belongs in organic”  Dag Falck, Nature’s Path.

 Tuesday, September 10, 1:00PM-2:00PM – “Get the real facts; unveiling up to date organic statistics” Tia Loftsgard, Canada Organic Trade Association.

 Wednesday, September 11, 4:00PM-5:00PM – “The First Ever Organic Food Processing Report” Laura Telford, Manitoba Government. 

 Thursday, September 12, 2:00PM-3:00PM – “Labour statistics on organic Farms” Martin Beaulieu, Statistics Canada. 

 Friday, September 13, 2:00PM-3:00PM – “Linking science with organic agriculture” Andrew Hammermeister, Organic Agriculture Center of Canada.