Matthew Holmes
Executive Director
Canada Organic Trade Association (OTA) 
PO Box 6364,
Sackville, NB,
E4L 1G6 Canada
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Canada: New Platform for Innovation in Organic Agriculture

Canada’s organic market continues to grow and broaden at the consumer level, and the organic area is increasing (840'000 hectares in 2011). Progress is also made in organic farming research.


Map indicating the locations of Organic Science Cluster Research activities across Canada.


In June 2012, a major new research centre for organic agriculture was announced in Saint-Bruno-de-Montarville, Quebec, with federal and provincial combined investment of over 13 million Canadian dollars. This funding will result in the creation of the “Platform for Innovation in Organic Agriculture”, a multi-purpose research centre, and the acquisition of the machinery and scientific equipment. This is expected to revitalize research, development and knowledge transfer in the area of organic crop production.

The Organic Agriculture Centre of Canada (OACC) continued its work on the Organic Science Cluster, a multi-year project funded by 6.5 million Canadian dollars in Canadian government funds, and 2.2 million Canadian dollars in industry contributions. OACC and OFC hosted a Canadian Organic Science Conference in Winnipeg in February 2012, featuring a diverse set of research on organic agriculture, also serving as a strategy session for planning the next Science Cluster project. In 2012, OACC opened calls for letters of interest for the Organic Science Cluster II: set to launch in April 2013, industry contributions will be tripled with government funding to support up to five years of organic research.

The information in this news item is taken from the country report on Canada by Matthew Holmes and Anne Macey in the 2013 edition of "The World of Organic Agriculture", published by the Reserarch Institute of Organic Agriculture (FiBL) and the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM).

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Matthew Holmes, Director of the Canadian Organic Trade Association (COTA)