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Showcase your product at BioFach

New Canadian exhibitors to BioFach Germany will have the opportunity to showcase their products and information in the Canadian Pavilion through COTA’s new “incubator” booth.  The package for companies is $1,000, and includes a tabletop display within COTA’s large booth, along with reimbursement of up to 50 percent for airfare and hotel expenses for one […]

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COTA’s reaction to Bill C-18

Bill C-18 passed final reading in the House of Commons in November. This legislation introduces UPOV `91 to Canada, and embeds the “farmers’ privilege” to save seed into law. As a result of strong pressure from COTA and partner organizations, a crucial amendment was made at the last minute to include the concept of storing seed. COTA sees this […]

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Discounts at SIAL Canada 2015

SIAL Canada is offering COTA members a special discount on exhibiting rates for SIAL Canada 2015, which will take place April 28-30 at Direct Energy Centre, Toronto. A special price of $27.50 per square foot (normally $33 per square foot) is available to all COTA members. For more information or to book a booth, contact Henry Chen. COTA members […]

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Canada- U.S. equivalency panel

There will be a conference session this Friday from 12:15 to 1:30 p.m. in Room 315 at Expo East at the Baltimore Convention Center to feature an update on the Canada – U.S. organic equivalency arrangement signed five years ago. Come hear what the future holds as changing standards and regulatory context shape the next […]

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#SpotCanadaOrganic Contest

During Organic Week in Canada September 20-28, COTA is asking everyone to help build consumer awareness of the “Canada Organic Biologique” certification logo by participating in an eight-day #SpotCanadaOrganic contest. Ask your customers and social media followers to take pictures of the Canada Organic logo on your products, and share the photo on Instagram, Pinterest, Facebook or […]

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Last chance: standards revisions

The Canadian General Standards Board has released draft editions of the pre-ballot proposed revisions to Canada’s organic standards and Permitted Substances Lists. This is open for public review until September 22. Please review and provide any comments or questions to Stephanie Wells no later than Friday September 19. COTA will continue to update you throughout the balloting process and the second […]

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Western Canadian exhibiting opportunity

In conjunction with Western Economic Diversification (WD), the Western Provinces are inviting agri-value exporters in their region to participate in the Western Canadian Pavilions at Natural Product Expo West and engredea as an exhibitor or part of the walking program. The three-day trade show is the premier event in North America for the natural and health product industry, including leading […]

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COTA’s annual Parliament Day will take place October 28-29 in Ottawa. This not-to-be-missed event highlights the Canadian organic sector for senior Canadian policymakers and members of government.  Participants will take part in the popular “Organics on the Hill” reception in Canada’s historic Parliament buildings, meet directly with Senators and Members of Parliament, and take in COTA’s […]

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CFIA new regulatory framework

Last week, COTA provided feedback on behalf of its members on the new Regulatory Framework for Federal Food Inspection proposed by the Canada Food Inspection Agency (CFIA). The new Safe Food for Canadians Act (SFC) consolidates and streamlines a multitude of pre-existing food and agriculture acts, including the Organic Products Regulations. COTA’s comments aimed to […]

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COTA Survey: Integrity training for retailers

Who doesn’t love chocolate, especially when it’s organic? COTA is developing organic integrity training for retailers across Canada. In order to help COTA create the most effective training, we are requesting input from our retail members via a short survey. This questionnaire is about your in-store practices, so that we can better understand your current […]

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