Please complete all mandatory fields (*). Once your application has been reviewed and approved, you will be contacted to remit your membership payment.
**If not applicable write “N/A”
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The primary contact listed will be the default for all communications and will receive login credentials for COTA Member Portal Access. Throughout the year, COTA will contact members to engage in programming, working groups, events, consultation, committees and more. Designated contacts for all areas, marketing, billing, sales, regulatory is required. These contacts will be requested once access to portal is received.
Please be careful to read the descriptions below select the category that properly reflects your company’s current level of global organic revenue. Only one category can be selected.
Trade members govern the association. 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. 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.
There are three categories of voting memberships.
This membership is for those enterprises that derive revenue from the organic industry and are based in North America. If you are a farmstead or a retailer, please review the two alternate options below.
This membership is 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.
A retailer is a person or business that sells organic goods to consumers whether in a physical location or online.
Associate members include businesses, organizations, government agencies and individuals that 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. Businesses and organizations outside of North America are only eligible for associate membership.
Note: Associate members qualify to receive member benefits but will not have voting privileges.
For companies that receive no direct sales from the organic industry.
For companies outside of North America.
For companies in the early stages of development or with organic certification pending.
Disclaimer: Your company’s qualification for the member category and dues level you have selected are subject to review and approval by COTA.
One of COTA’s services is to assist in growing organic sales opportunities, domestically and internationally. Please help us understand where your organization stands in terms of being export-ready and which markets you currently sell to or are interested in exploring. This information can be updated over the course of your membership.
For more information about COTA membership, assistance with the application form, or for any questions and comments, please contact:
Kim De Lallo
Member Relations and Business Development Manager
(613) 482-1717 x 204
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.
Associate members include businesses, organizations, government agencies and individuals that 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. Businesses and organizations outside of North America are only eligible for associate membership.