Québec Organic Designation Specification Manual

Public Consultation


Aquaculture section of the specification manual relating to products resulting from an organic production method


January 14 – March 14, 2019


The “Aquaculture” section of the specification manual relating to organic products resulting from an organic production method is being submitted for public consultation.


  • The Government of Canada has published the final version of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR), which came into force on January 15, 2019. These regulations include the organic production Standards CAN/CGSB-32.310, CAN/CGSB-32.311 and CAN/CGSB-32.312.
  • CAN/CGSB-32.310, CAN/CGSB-32.311 and CAN/CGSB-32.312 are an integral part of the specification manual relating to products resulting from an “organic” production method in Québec.
  • CAN/CGSB-32.312 [Aquaculture - General Principles, Management Standards and Permitted Substances Lists], reviewed in February 2018, introduces aquaponics, that is, a production system combining crops and livestock in a symbiotic relationship.
  • However, certain criteria of both CAN/CGSB-32.310 and CAN/CGSB-32.312 in their current form overlap and contradict each other.
  • The CARTV’s Board is submitting the following decision for public consultation in order to build consensus:

    The organic production standard in the aquaculture sector used in Québec complies with the principles of the current CAN/CGSB-32.312 Standard. However, the application of this standard for crops is only recognized for aquatic plants. The certification criteria are therefore not applicable to land plant cultivation. The organic certification criteria for land plants are those of CAN/CGSB-32.310.

The public consultation beginning on January 14, 2019 will last 60 days. This proposal may be commented on until March 14, 2019 inclusively.

For more information: Notice of Public Consultation

Note: During the public consultation process, the organic aquaculture standard for the specification manual in force in Québec (-i.e. enterprise located in Québec or products available for sale in Québec-) shall apply until further notice to only aquatic plants and therefore does not include land plants.


One standard for all organic products in Québec

The CARTV has decided that on January 1st 2012, the specification manual relating to products resulting from an organic production method includes a new reference certification manual based on the technical requirements of the Canadian Organic Standards (COS).

The Québec Certification Reference Manual used to evaluate organic product certification applications corresponds to the National Standard of Canada for Organic Agriculture, whose requirements are published by the Canadian General Standards Board (CGSB).


Specification Manual

Update : 2019, January 15

Specification Manual


Main Changes to the Québec Organic Specification Manual

Archived Version 2016.

Part 1 : Persons to whom the specification manual applies and related obligations 

Part 2 : Transition of a crop farm to the organic production method

Part 3 : Organic Aquaculture Standards

Part 4 : Requirements for Labelling, Advertising, Display Materials and Commercial Documents


Canadian Organic Standards

Organic Production Systems:

Organic production systems : Aquaculture - general principles, management standards and permitted substances lists.


Additional Documentation

SIC - Questions and Answers - National Standard on Organic Production Systems (OFC Web Site)

Québec Organic Designation Specification Manual