COR is the organic standard in force in Canada.
In June, 2011, the Government of Canada entered into an arrangement on the trade of organic products with the European Union. Canada has accepted that, pursuant to the Canadian Food Inspection Agency Act and the Canada Agricultural Products Act, agricultural products produced and processed in accordance with the European Organic System, are produced and processed under an organic certification system that provides safeguards and guidelines governing the production and processing of such products that are equivalent to the requirements of the Canadian Organic Products Regulations, 2009.
Subject to the conditions as set forth in Appendix 1, agricultural products produced and processed in conformity with the European Organic System will be deemed equivalent to those products produced and processed in accordance with the Canadian Organic Products Regulations, 2009 and Canada's Organic Program and may be sold, labelled or represented in Canada as organic, including by display of the Canadian organic logo as well as the organic logo as set out in Commission Regulation (EC) No 889/2008.
Organic products certified in accordance with the EU regulations and exported to Canada may bear the Canada Organic Logo.
Please note that organic products imported into Canada must meet Canadian labelling requirements.
The use of the Canada organic logo is only permitted on products that have an organic content that is greater than or equal to 95% and have been certified according to the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. The use of the organic logo is voluntary but when used it is subject to the requirements of the Organic Products Regulations (OPR).
Imported products must meet the requirements of the Canada Organic Regime. Imported products that bear the logo must include:
• the statement "Product of", immediately preceding the name of the country of origin, or
• the statement "Imported", in close proximity to the logo
This statement must appear on the label in both French and English, unless a bilingual labelling exemption applies.
The label of an organic product subject to the Organic Products Regulations must bear the name of the control body that has certified the product as organic. Please note that EU control body/authority code does not replace the requirement for the name of the control body/authority.
For more information about COR click HERE
For more information about Equivalence Agreements between CANADA and other countries click HERE
April 7, 2016 – Ottawa, Ontario – Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
European Union Commissioner for Agriculture and Rural Development Phil Hogan and the Honourable Lawrence MacAulay, Canadian Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, today released the following statement:
"The Government of Canada and the European Commission are pleased to announce the scope extension of the EU-Canada Organic Equivalence Arrangement (EUCOEA) which enters into force today.
"After 5 years of successful implementation of the EUCOEA, we have agreed to extend the scope of the products that can be traded under mutual recognition.
"Organic wine has now been included in the scope of the EUCOEA. This will allow organic wine certified to the EU or Canada organic standards to be sold and labelled as organic in both markets. Initially, organic wine was not included in the EUCOEA scope due to the review of labelling and wine organic production rules in place in the EU. The new rules were adopted in 2012.
"Until now, the import of organic products from Canada into the EU was limited to products grown or processed entirely in Canada. Going forward, Canadian organic processed products certified to Canadian organic standards and imported into the EU can contain organic ingredients from third countries.
"This decision follows a thorough assessment of the equivalence of EU and Canada organic wine production standards and import control systems."
For more information: http://news.gc.ca/web/article-en.do?mthd=index&crtr.page=1&nid=1047499