Canada News

COTA hosts first Organic Gala & Leadership Awards Dinner

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) hosted its inaugural Organic Gala Leadership Awards Dinner in Vancouver, British Columbia, in April. The event brought together nearly 100 members and industry leaders from across the organic sector to celebrate the accomplishments of organic actors. The 2017 Organic Leadership award winners were:

Organic Supplier of the Year:  Left Coast Naturals 

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Updated Canadian Organic Market Report coming soon

In 2013, COTA published its first Organic Market Report as a baseline study for the organic sector in Canada. We are excited to be working on an updated version of this report with the most recent stats on the Canadian organic market, production and acreage, consumer preferences, and organic trade flows. For a taste of what you’ll see in the report, here are some highlights:

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Canada celebrates annual National Organic Week

The 7th annual Organic Week this past September 17-25 was the largest annual celebration of organic food, farming and products yet. Thousands of individual events and retail promotions were held across Canada, showcasing the benefits of organic and its positive impact on the environment and human health. Canada’s National Organic Week brought together the entire organic supply chain, consumers, and governments to celebrate this amazing sector. Here is a recap of the campaign:

Retail program

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News from Canada: Parliament Hill Day & Policy Conference

COTA’s Fifth Annual Parliament Hill Day & Policy Conference took place this past October 25- 26. This two-day event brought together members from across the organic industry and Parliamentarians to discuss organic in Canada and share organic policy asks.

The Organic Reception on Parliament Hill, hosted by MP Ruth Ellen Brosseau, featured Canadian organic food and drink donated by COTA members. It was a great evening to relax and network with other industry leaders and MPs. 

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