I’m a new farm operator applying for organic status. How long does my land need to be in transition before I can certify my products?

All land-based activities (crop and livestock) must undergo a transition period. The Canadian Organic Standards must be applied to a production unit for at least 12 months before the first harvest of organic products, and proof must be provided that prohibited substances have not been used on the land for at least 36 months. After the receipt of all forms and payment of initial application fees, the operation is considered under the supervision of PACS and the 12-month transition period begins upon that date; during which time an initial inspection and certification review will take place. Following a second successful inspection, and after the 12-month transition period, crops qualify for organic certification status.

How Can I Get Certified:

Visit our How to Get Certified page and follow the step-by-step process to guide your path to successful organic certification.

Who PACS Certifies:

PACS certifies Canadian enterprises in the following industries: organic crop production, organic livestock production, organic greenhouse, sprouts & microgreen production, organic food & beverage production, organic cannabis production, organic and wild-harvested mushrooms, wild-harvest certification, maple and birch production, natural and agricultural health products. Follow PACS Step-by-Step Guide to Organic Certification.

Our Programs:

PACS certifies to the Canada Organic Regime (COR) for national and international export of products as well as to the Certified Organic Associations of BC (COABC) for certification within the clients province. PACS has an in-house certification program for agricultural health products as well as the Transition to Organic program. Read more about PACS Organic Certification Programs.