The Organic Council of Ontario

The Voice for Organics in Ontario

The Organic Council of Ontario


OCO works with government figures to ensure that agricultural policy and legislation meet the needs of Ontario’s organic producers and businesses.


Demand for organic is high. OCO supports Ontario’s organic industry in order to build its capacity and supply more Ontarians with organic.


OCO works to create an interconnected network of organic producers, processors, scholars, consumers and supporters. 

Recent Updates


How to Grow Ontario Organic

Organic demand is growing. Driven by an ever-increasing consumer interest in health and nutrition, the organic food market has become...

A Call for Organic Regulation in Ontario

A Call for Organic Regulation in Ontario

Regulation of the term 'organic' is an important feature of the Canada Organic Regime. It means that the word can...

Science Applied to Organic Agriculture Helps All Farmers

Science Applied to Organic Agriculture Helps All Farmers

Research in organic systems often boosts efficiency in non-organic systems as well. by: Ralph C. Martin, Ph.D., P.Ag., Professor, University of...

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When the System Fails a Farm: Zocalo Organics

The organic certification system in Ontario (and Canada) is not perfect. As part of our work, OCO advocates for improvements...


2017 AGM and Call for Board Nominations

This year, OCO’s AGM will be taking place on Friday, March 31st in Guelph, Ontario. More details to be announced...

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February 2017: Opportunities in the Ontario Organic Sector

Office Co-ordinator, Ecological Farmers of Ontario (Guelph) EFAO is seeking a highly organized systematic-thinker to manage the office and day...


CFIA Seeks Feedback on a New Approach to Food Labelling

Misleading and inaccurate food claims have long been an issue of importance to OCO’s members and consumers who are concerned...


USDA Announces Organic Transition Certification

Last week, The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) and the Organic Trade Association (OTA) announced a new program that will give US producers transitioning...

What is OCO?

The Organic Council of Ontario is the voice for organics in Ontario. Our members are the organic farmers, processors, businesses, and supporters who bring organics from the field to your fork.