Organic Food

The Voice of Organics in British Columbia

The Certified Organic Associations of British Columbia (COABC) represents organic certifying agencies in British Columbia. We administer the province’s organic accreditation program and support and advocate for a stronger, more resilient organic sector.

We provide:

  • Accreditation to member agencies who inspect and certify organic farms throughout BC, for both provincial (BCCOP) and federal/international (COR) certification programs
  • Administration of the BC Certified Organic Program (BCCOP)
  • Leadership in national organic standards
  • Representation to provincial and federal governments on key issues affecting the organic sector
  • Up-to-date industry information
  • An online directory of COABC certified organic growers and producers
  • Marketing tools and promotional support for certified organic operators
  • Networking and sharing opportunities for members and producers


Our Vision

Toward an organic British Columbia


Our Mission

To cultivate a resilient organic movement in British Columbia


Guiding Principles

Supportive: We support and advocate for the organic sector.

Transparent: We demonstrate accountability and act with integrity.

Respectful: We consider the needs of all those in the food/agricultural system, and work to include them in our deliberations.

Forward-Looking: We work to build a resilient future for the organic sector.

Innovative: We develop new and creative paths for continuous improvement in our organization and the organic sector.

Collaborative: We work with each other, government, and other organizations to maximize impact.


COABC also affirms the principles of the International Federation of Organic Agriculture Movements (IFOAM):

Principle of Health: Organic agriculture should sustain and enhance the health of soil, plants, animals, humans and the planet as one and indivisible.

Principle of Ecology: Organic agriculture should be based on living ecological systems and cycles, work with them, emulate them and help sustain them.

Principle of Fairness: Organic agriculture should build on relationships that ensure fairness with regard to the common environment and life opportunities.

Principle of Care: Organic agriculture should be managed in a precautionary and responsible manner to protect the health and well-being of current and future generations and the environment.


COABC Operating Manual (v1)