FUNDING: Organic Conversion Support Program

Posted by Michalina Hunter on June 09, 2021

Funding is available for farmers to support the transition to organic production!

The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) is thrilled to announce the launch of their new Support Organic Change Fund.

With a booming $6.6 billion in sales, Canada is the sixth largest organic market in the world. Yet, demand continuously outpaces supply, despite double digit production growth. Two thirds of Canadians purchase organic products weekly and organic is the fastest growing part of the Canadian agriculture landscape. These facts are both extremely positive for the Canadian organic industry, yet without continued efforts to train organic techniques and support Canadian farmers to transition to organic, Canada may experience a lost opportunity.

About The Program 

In 2019, The Canada Organic Trade Association (COTA) announced the launch of our new Organic Conversion Support Program to assist organic producers financially for their added costs incurred while transitioning to organic farming.

This program reimburses producers for their paid certification costs up to $1000 maximum. The fund proved to be a key piece by the organic industry in supporting and growing our supply chain through an incredibly difficult year for farmers.

Eligibility

This program is for farmers in their first, second or third year of pre-certification or for farmers already certified organic and are increasing their organic acreage. They have nearly doubled the amount of funding as last year and are pleased to provide this level of assistance to farmers in need during the pandemic!

To Apply

Read the Program Guidelines

Fill out the Application Form

Send your completed form to info@canada-organic.ca 

Deadline: They are accepting applications until all funds are allocated, or by June 30, 2021.  

More information on the COTA website

Note: The maximum reimbursement amount is $1000. There is no guarantee on the timing of the reimbursement, however a confirmation of receipt of the files will be provided within a week of submission.  

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