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How to Become Certified Organic

A Quick Overview of the Process

There are two ways to apply

iCertify

Online Application

iCertify is an innovative province-wide tool for organic certification, allowing operators to apply for and renew certification online anytime.

This tool is now available.  Please contact IOPA Administrator to get more information and access.

Request a Paper Application

Please email the Administrator directly to receive the necessary forms.
How long does it take?
In brief, for most operations, it takes a minimum of 15 months in the program for soil-based producers to be eligible for certified organic status. It must also include a minimum of 2 inspections by an independent verification officer. A minimum of thirty-six months is required from the last application of prohibited substances. The appropriate transition period depends on numerous variables such as the type of operation and land-use history.

How do I proceed?
The first step is to review the Organic Standards available for download on the ‘Organics Regulations’ tab above.  Then contact the Administrator at admin@iopa.ca for the required forms.

How much does it Cost?

The New Application fee is         $520.00

This fee covers all aspects of the certification process, including inspection fees, file reviews and input product approvals.

In exceptional situations, operations that are very complex or expansive may be levied a surcharge for additional inspection time.

Annual Fees

Once Organic Status is attained, renewal fees vary according to Gross Profits. Please see COABC Fee Schedule on the IOPA Members Information page for more detail.