The United States (U.S.) has an equivalence arrangement with Canada. This means that as long as the terms of the arrangement are met, organic operations certified to the USDA organic or Canada Organic Regime standards may be labeled and sold as organic in both countries. Equivalency FAQs (pdf)
Certifying Agents Accredited by:
Agricultural products produced with the use of sodium nitrate shall not be sold or marketed as organic in Canada.
Agricultural products produced by hydroponic or aeroponic production methods shall not be sold or marketed as organic in Canada.
Agricultural products derived from animals (with the exception of ruminants) must be produced according to livestock stocking rates as set out in CAN /CGSB32.310-2006.
Production requirements for organic products from Canada. In order to be sold, labeled, or represented as organic in U.S., organic products must meet the following additional requirements (view memo) (pdf):
- Agricultural products derived from animals treated with antibiotics shall not be marketed as organic in the United States.
Documentation. Written documentation is required to verify that additional production requirements listed above have been met. These attestations can be made by either the operation or the certifying agent. All products that are produced under the terms of the arrangement must be accompanied by documentation stating the following:
- USDA (link to Organic Seal page)
- Canada (pdf)