Organic Farming



Canada and the EU recognised each other's organic production rules and control systems as equivalent under their respective rules in June 2011.

Canada was listed as a recognised country by Regulation (EC) No 590/2011. Please consult Annex III of Regulation (EC) 1235/2008 for further information.

Recognition of the European Union by Canada

By letter dated 21 June 2011, Canada has recognised the EU for the purpose of equivalence. For information about the scope of recognition of the EU by Canada and export of organic products from the EU to Canada, please consult the competent authority's website: Canadian Food Inspection agency.

Latest developments

  • Regulation (EU) No 2016/459 has extended the scope of Canada recognition to processed products with imported ingredients and to organic wine. This Regulation has entered into force on 7 April 2016.

  • By letter dated 7 April 2016(99 kB) , Canada has updated its 2011 letter and extended EU recognition to organic wine.

Further documentation

Letter of recognition from EU to Canada(534 kB)

DISCLAIMER: This document has been conceived as an informative document. It does not intend to produce legally binding effects and by its nature does not prejudice any measures taken by the Commission or by a Member states within the implementing prerogatives under European Union legislation, nor any case law developed with regard to such legislation.