Two opposition MPPs, Peter Tabuns, MPP for Toronto-Danforth (NDP), and Sylvia Jones, MPP for Dufferin-Caledon (PC) have announced a co-sponsored private member’s bill that would create an organic products regulation in Ontario.
Currently, the Canada Organic Regime is only enforced for products that have the Canada Organic logo for products exported outside of Ontario, not those sold within the province.
To date, five other provinces have adopted similar regulations to address the need for better oversight of organic claims.
“We know there are many honest, hard working organic farmers in Ontario who don’t certify. This bill is meant to be the start of a dialogue that leads to a made-in-Ontario solution,” Carolyn Young, executive director of the Ontario Organic Council said in a news release.
The Grower contacted an organic producer to see what their opinon was about the proopsed regulation.
"Ontario is neither practically or financially prohibitive for any sustainable farm business. Standards need to be maintained and proven so that the public maintains its confidence in local, certified organic produce. This applies to product grown in Ontario just as much as it applies to out of province and out of country produce," said Catriona Ffrench, farmer, sales and marketing manager for Cookstown Greens in an emailed statement.
The Organic Council of Ontario says that consumer demand for organic food is growing, adding that Ontario has a $1.4 billion-dollar organic market, the largest in Canada.
If passed, the legislation will close the regulation gap for organic claims in Ontario.
Source: Organic Council of Ontario