The Government of Canada supports expanding market opportunities for the organic industry

OTTAWA (ON), March 1, 2022 /CNW/ – The agriculture and agri-food sector is a key driver of from Canada the economy, with the organic industry being one of the fastest growing sectors Canada. Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeauannounced funding of up to $770000 for the Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) to support the development of the market for organic products.

The funding will help create national and international export opportunities and promote the “Canada Organic” brand. The project includes the development of market activities at major food fairs in Germany and United States with additional activities related to market accessibility and technical assessments. The investment, made through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership’s Agri-Marketing program, will help the association host missions, provide training to retailers, create market reports and develop a directory of organic producers and exporters.

Thanks to this investment, COTA has developed a 4-module training program for retailers as well as a series of webinars on how to become “Export Ready”. It continues to expand the training program to offer virtual as well as in-person sessions to a wide audience of stakeholders. During the first two years of the program, COTA trained more than 600 participants from 300 companies with related sales estimated at nearly $1.7 million.

Today’s announcement supports the continued growth of from Canada the organic industry through increased access to domestic and international markets, export readiness and training for retailers, and promotion of the industry to incoming missions.


from Canada the organic industry is one of our fastest growing sectors. These producers provide safe and nutritious food to consumers across the country and, increasingly, around the world. Supporting market development for organic products will further contribute to the growth of a more competitive and sustainable Canadian agricultural sector. »
The Honorable Marie-Claude Bibeau, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food

“COTA and our members are very grateful for the continued support of Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada as organic agriculture and trade helps the federal government meet its climate change goals. from Canada The organic landscape continues to shine on the global stage and grow at a rate that highlights the growing demand for climate-friendly products by consumers around the world. »
Tia Loftsgard Executive Director, Canadian Organic Trade Association

Fast facts

  • The Canada Organic Trade Association is a not-for-profit industry association representing the organic value chain in Canada.
  • Overall, the organic sector shows a value of $147.5 billion in 2018, against $102 billion in 2016 and is expected to continue its flourishing growth. The Canadian organic market is now the sixth largest organic market in the world, valued at $8 billionwhich goes back from $5.4 billion in 2017.
  • There were over 7,500 organic farms in Canada in 2019, representing about 2% of total agricultural land.
  • Last year, Canadian exports of agri-food and seafood products increased by 10.9%, reaching $82.2 billion — more than $7 billion before our goal of $75 billionand four years ahead of schedule.

Related links

Canadian Agricultural Partnership
Canadian Organic Trade Association

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For further information: Marianne Dandurand, Press Attaché, Office of the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, [email protected], 343-541-9229; Media Relations, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, 1-866-345-7972, [email protected]

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