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Approved Certifications

Approved Certifications


Third-party certification
In addition to complying with Canadian regulation requirements, exporters may wish to pursue additional voluntary certifications that can increase consumer confidence in their product and its claims. When seeking out environmentally and socially-responsible products, 33% of Canadians check for third-party certification. The following list provides a summary of the most common certifications used in Canada.

Food & Beverages
Furniture, Forestry and Building Material
Floriculture & Horticulture




The Fairtrade movement is well-known internationally for providing certification for products that meet higher environmental and social standards on health and safety of workers, living wage and the environment. Fair Trade is a way for all of us to identify products that meet our values so we can make choices that have a positive impact on the world.


The ISO 22000 family contains a number of standards each focusing on different aspects of food safety management.The consequences of unsafe food can be serious and ISO’s food safety management standards help organizations identify and control food safety hazards. As many of today's food products repeatedly cross national boundaries, International Standards are needed to ensure the safety of the global food supply chain.

The Standards Council of Canada (SCC) is recognized throughout Canada and is even mandatory in certain regulated areas. Certification bodies from around the world seek SCC accreditation as proof that their work is in line with the most up-to-date national and international standards and regulations. SCC accreditation demonstrates an organization’s competence to manage and perform activities defined by its specific program scope of accreditation.


The Canadian EcoLogo Program, also referred to as “Environmental Choice,” helps consumers identify environmentally preferable products and services. EcoLogo is based on the International Standards Organization ISO 14024 standard for ecolabelling and is managed by UL Environment. Products that display the EcoLogo have been verified by a third party to ensure their environmental claims are credible. Currently over 7,000 products are EcoLogo certified, including office furniture and equipment.


The Rainforest Alliance green frog seal provides certification to help consumers identify products that are good for people and the planet. The certification involves meeting comprehensive social and environmental standards set forth by the Sustainable Agriculture Network. Products covered include flowers, coffee, chocolate, and other food and beverages.

The CSA Group have become the largest standard development organization (SDO) in Canada, with a library of more than 3,000 standards and codes addressing subjects that affect the interests of consumers, regulators and the public at large.Every day, CSA Group works with businesses, organizations and code authorities all around the world to help create a safer, more sustainable world for people and for business. 


Food & Beverages

The Canada Organic label may only be displayed by food products that meet the Canadian standard for organic production (at all stages, from growing to marketing) and contain at least 95 percent organic ingredients and no GMOs (genetically modified organisms). Producers must also follow sustainable management practices to avoid damage to the environment and ensure the ethical treatment of livestock.

The Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point (HACCP) is an internationally recognized and accepted approach which helps organizations systematically identify, evaluate and control all the hazards that may affect food safety. In 2005, HACCP became mandatory in Canada for federally-registered meat and poultry establishments.

OCIA International requires that its producers and processors strictly adhere to organic standards. Organic agriculture is based on a system of farming that maintains and replenishes soil fertility without the use of pesticides and chemical fertilizers. Through environmentally sound practices, organic producers and processors strive to sustain the health of the earth while providing quality food for those who inhabit it.


The Marine Stewardship Council label is displayed on products that come from fisheries certified to have met the MSC standard for sustainable fishing. These fisheries must show how they minimize environmental impact, and that they have sustainable fish stocks and an effective management system in place that meets all local and international laws.


GLOBALG.A.P. is the internationally recognized standard for farm production. Their core product is the result of years of intensive research and collaboration with industry experts, producers and retailers around the globe. The goal is safe and sustainable agricultural production to benefit farmers, retailers and consumers throughout the world.


CARTVwas set up by the Government of Québec to protect the authenticity of products and of terms used to identify and promote them, through product certification based on origins or on special characteristics associated with a production method or specificity. CARTV was granted jurisdiction over agriculture and food products bearing a reserved designation and sold on Québec territory.


The IOAS is a non-profit organisation dedicated to the integrity of eco-label claims in the field of organic and sustainable agriculture, environmental management, social justice and fair trade. IOAS works internationally to assess the competence of organisations providing certification to ‘sustainability’ standards such that producers can work in a fair environment and consumers can trust the products bearing these labels.

The CCOF has been a critical player in the development of certification processes and organic standards. The CCOF name and seal has been trusted as the mark of organic integrity by consumers and buyers worldwide since 1973. CCOF's certification system and team are second to none. We have highly trained staff in all areas of certification to meet the specialized needs of all types and sizes of operations.

The Canadian Identity Preserved Recognition System(CIPRS) standard is a tool the industry is using to provide third party assurance of the processes they are using to delivery specific quality attributes their domestic and international buyers are demanding. CIPRS focuses on process control as the best means to ensure a grain company can deliver the right product to its customer every time.

The Gluten-Free Certification Program (GFCP) is the only Canadian voluntary certification program designed for manufacturers of gluten-free food, drug and pharmaceutical products that are intended to be differentiated from the increasing clutter of gluten-free claims in today’s marketplace by using the Trusted Mark of the Canadian Celiac Association (CCA).


Furniture, Forestry & Building Material


CRI Green Label Plus: To further increase consumer confidence, responsible carpet manufacturers have been proactive in their efforts to scrutinize their products and develop ways to further reduce product emissions.  
Green Label Plus is the most recognized industry standard in this regard. To receive Green Label Plus certification, carpet, adhesive and cushion products must undergo a rigorous testing process. Emissions are measured for a range of chemicals and testing is administered by an independent laboratory. 

The NSF 140 Carpets Certification is a sustainable carpet assessment standard primarily used in the USA for commercial carpets and rugs. The certification is managed by UL, a global independent safety company that offers a range of other certifications and quality standards.

The FSC is an international certification and labeling system dedicated to promoting responsible forest management of the world’s forests. This means that forests are evaluated to meet FSC’s strict environmental and social standards. Fibre from certified forests is then tracked all the way to the consumer through the FSC Chain of Custody system.

SFI Inc. is an independent, non-profit organization dedicated to promoting sustainable forest management, including measures to protect water quality, biodiversity, wildlife habitat, species at risk, and Forests with Exceptional Conservation Value. We work with conservation groups, local communities, resource professionals, landowners, and countless other organizations and individuals who share our passion for responsible forest management.

National certification systems, that have developed standards in line with the Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC) requirements, can apply for endorsement to gain global recognition and access to global markets through PEFC International. To achieve endorsement, they need to meet PEFC’s rigorous Sustainability Benchmark.


Floriculture & Horticulture


Florverde® has over 15 years of experience in developing and promoting responsible codes of conduct, standards and sustainable agricultural practices in Colombia. Certification includes reviewing farm documentation, inspecting farms, interviewing workers and reviewing lab tests results. 


Veriflora is a similar program in Ecuador which provides agricultural sustainability and eco-labeling programmes administered through SCS Global Services, a third-party environmental certifier. Benefits of the program for local suppliers include building a brand for their products, boosting market share for sustainable choice consumers, reducing input costs and increasing worker productivity.  



Halal Certification Services (HCS) is a renowned and respected body all over the World. HCS is continuously working towards awareness of Halal and is striving to increase the diversity of Halal certified products "made in Switzerland". Halal Certification Services has developed Halal trainings, which are conducted frequently to enhance the awareness and understanding of Halal concept and Islamic dietary laws and requirements.

Halal Product Development Services aim to introduce halal concepts, in accordance with Islamic law to food processors, retailers, the pharmaceutical industry, the consumer goods industry and the agricultural production sector. Their mission is to promote halal goods to Muslim consumers; advise/train industry personnel on halal processing; and provide consultation services in research and development of halal products.

The Halal Monitoring Authority – is a department of the Jami’yyatulUlama Canada, Canadian Council of Muslim Theologians (CCMT), which is a federally Canadian registered, non-profit organization. HMA is a body that has been established to monitor, inspect and certify halal products.

ISNA® Canada is well recognized internationally for the services it has been providing since its inception in 1963. When the producers are not directly known to consumers and especially when they are not Muslims, then a well-known credible certifying agency such as ISNA® Halal Certification Agency (HCA) must do the necessary investigation to give confidence to Muslim consumers.



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