Protecting and Growing Organic – we are in this together, so join now!
As a COTA member you will have:
A voice in Ottawa with regulatory and legislative support.
More receptive consumers through national marketing campaigns.
Better access to export markets through equivalency arrangements.
Expert guidance on the Organic Product Regulations, Organic Standards, and Permitted Substances List.
Networking opportunities to build connections within the organic value chain and business community.
Discounts on exclusive organic market and consumer data.
Timely intelligence bulletins on domestic, U.S., and international markets.
Increased visibility within the organic value chain.
Types of Membership
Trade Member (Voting)
Trade members may include, but are not limited to, growers, livestock producers, certifiers, processors, manufacturers, distributors, cooperatives, importers, exporters, retailers, brokers, consultants, farm and livestock equipment manufacturers and input manufacturers. Only North American-based businesses, organizations or individuals engaged in the production, distribution, certification, or promotion of certified organic products and the services required to produce them are eligible for Trade Membership.
You must select this category if you are located in North America, and all or part of your revenue is generated from the organic industry. Businesses and organizations outside of North America are only eligible for Associate Membership.
Farmers are eligible for a low-fee membership. COTA’s Farmstead membership ($50) is available for those who own or lease an organic farm, have a functional role as an organic farmer, and derive their income from an organic farm, growing and selling less than $250,000 per year in organic agricultural products.
Associate Member (Non-Voting)
Associate members include businesses, organizations, government agencies, and individuals who do not derive gross revenues from the products and services of the organic industry, and are not eligible for Trade Membership but who are supportive of principles consistent with those of organic agriculture.
- Business Associate: For companies that receive no direct sales from the organic industry.
- International Business Associate: For companies outside of North America.
- Government Associate: For government agencies conducting work relevant to the Canadian organic industry.
- Non-Profit or Academic Associate: For organizations supportive of principles consistent with organic agriculture and products.
- Provisional Membership: For companies in the early stages of development or with pending organic certification.