Membership

“OCO helps all of us in the industry — from producer to consumer — to transform our food system and ensure those of us focused on sustainability have a voice. The events and communication provided by OCO help me stay in touch with all the people I do business with, have become friends with, and generally have much in common with.” 

 — Matt LeBeau, President & General Manager, LeBeau Excel Ltd., Guelph, ON

organic-logoOCO Helps Make Your Voice Heard

OCO works closely with the Organic Federation of Canada (OFC) on the maintenance of the Canadian Organic Standards, and with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency (CFIA) on regulatory and enforcement issues. We have strong relationships with the Canadian Organic Trade Organization (COTA), Canadian Organic Growers (COG), and other related organizations.

Working with our partners, we engage with stakeholders and policymakers to advocate for programs and actions that support Ontario’s diverse organic businesses.  If you want greater support for organic industry, if you’re concerned about updates to the Canadian Organic Standards, or if you want Ontario to adopt its own organic regulation, OCO exists to represent you.

You'll Benefit From:

Business exposure via OCO’s social media platforms and website.

Links to various funding and educational opportunities.

Reduced rates at OCO’s annual organic networking events.

Access to tabling and merchandising opportunities at exclusive events.

Voting rights in the election of our Board of Directors at our annual AGM.

Discounted advertising space on the Organic Council of Ontario web site.

Participation in polls & surveys which guide the future of organics in Ontario.

The knowledge that you are contributing to the future of Ontario’s organic businesses.

Types of Members:

Producer

Whether you run a grain farm, egg hatchery or small sprouting business, if you produce organic products on the ground level, this is your category. You must be certified to join this category, but un-certified growers are encouraged to join as associate members. 

Processor

This category is for mills, bakeries, butchers, cereal factories, and wineries. If you take something that a farmer or producer grows and alter it to make it into something else, we consider you a processor. 

Marketer/ Handler/ Input Supplier

If you take a finished product and bring it to market, you’re a marketer/handler. This includes distributors, handlers, input suppliers, and retail stores of any size who handle certified organic product. Organic certification is preferred but not required.

Certifier

You may be an individual who performs organic certification for a living, or you may represent a larger certification body. If organic certification and traceability is your business, this is the category for you.

NGO

You’re in this category if you represent a non-government, non-profit or charitable organization that supports the organic sector in Ontario or Canada, and / or would like to contribute to OCO’s priorities.

Associate

If you’re engaged in the organic sector but don’t fall into any other category, you’re likely an associate member. This category is for individual citizens, consultants, educators, students, researchers, organic experts, media, and producers or processors who are not certified.

What Does Membership Cost?

Producers, Processors, Distributors, Input Suppliers, Certifying Bodies and NGOs:

Membership fees for all industry members are on a sliding scale based on your business or organization’s annual sales of organic product.
Annual Organic Sales Fee
under $100,000 $100 + HST
$100,001 to $500,000 $250 + HST
$500,001 to $1,000,000  $650 + HST
$1,000,001 to $5,000,000  $1350 + HST
$5,000,001 to $10,000,000  $2000 + HST
over $10,000,000  $3250 + HST

Associate Members:

Associate members are individuals who wish to support growth in and gain awareness of the organic sector.  They do not have voting rights, but are represented by one seat appointed at-large on OCO’s Board of Directors. 
Organizations are not eligible for associate membership.
Annual Revenue Fee
N/A $50 + HST

Questions?

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