Two years after passing an organic standards law, Canada’s organic certification is now being fully implemented and enforced. It covers all agricultural products labeled as organic in import, export, and inter-provincial trade — thus, coffee is included.
Part of the standards law included a trade agreement between the U.S. and Canada recognizing each other’s standards as equivalent (which they appear largely to be, from my reading). Thus, products meeting organic certification standards in one country may be imported to the other. This summer, Canada entered into an organic equivalency arrangement with the European Union as well.
Like the National Organic Program in the U.S., accredited third-party organizations certify organic products to the standards.The Canadian Food Inspection Agency is the authority over this program in Canada, and the official Organic Canada/Biologique Canada seal is pictured here.