Welcome to the COTA - Organic Trade Association
Organic Trade Association
   twitter   facebook   linked In   rss

Welcome to the COTA


OTA Canada logo

Your source for the latest information on "Canada Organic"

Latest News Regulations Reports About Membership

Canadian Organic Marketplace Research Program

The Canada Organic Trade Association is pleased to announce that our comprehensive study of the Canadian organic marketplace is now available. This is the first data on the organic market since the Canadian government regulated the sector in 2009 and combines consumer research with the most recent market sales data. The findings offer valuable insights into market size, growth trends and Canadian consumer receptivity.

The detailed National Report is now available for purchase, please click here to find out more.

Top Findings
Canada's organic market grew to $3.5 billion in 2012, with national sales of certified organic food and non-alcoholic beverages reaching $3 billion. The value of the Canadian organic food market has tripled since 2006, far outpacing the growth rate of other agri-food sectors. The sector is being driven by a diverse consumer base, with over half of all Canadians and two-thirds of British Columbians buying organic products every week. Please visit the COTA Statistics Project Page for further information.

For the Executive Summary, click here.

A special thank you to the funders who supported this research: Loblaw Companies, Taste of Nature, UNFI Canada, Whole Foods Market and the Organic Sector Development Program (OSDP). Funding for the OSDP comes from Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Canadian Agricultural Adaptation Program (CAAP), which is delivered by the Investment Agriculture Foundation in British Columbia

COTA Seed Research

COTA is currently conducting research on the Canadian organic seed market. This is part of the ongoing efforts to build the sector's capacity with access to reliable data. Solid data is critical to guide organic policy making and plan long-term domestic and international strategies to support the growth of the organic farming sector. Please visit our COTA Seed Research project to find out more. Funding for this project was provided by USC Canada and the Bauta Family Initiative on Canadian Seed Security.

Read more about our recent news and activities in Canada.

Click on the map to find our members in Canada
*opens The Organic Pages Online in a new window

Canada Map

Any Canada Organic Trade Association member or OTA member that does business in Canada may subscribe to the COTA e-mail list serve by writing tyoung@ota.com. If you are a member, click here for more information about OTA Canada's development and operations.

2014 Annual Fund

Research and Promotion 2012