Grow Organic Collection Program

Most agricultural marketing boards receive stable funding through a production-based fee called a check-off. In 2015 the Organic Council of Ontario started a voluntary check-off program as a way for businesses in Ontario to be leaders in growing the organic sector.

The Grow Organic Collection Program provides funds to OCO to execute policy advocacy, marketing initiatives, and research efforts which promote the growth of the organic sector. Last year several Ontario businesses participated, contributing important funds to OCO's activities and taking advantage of the additional benefits provided through the program.

We are currently accepting new applicants into the Grow Organic Collection Program.

Why become a collector?

To promote the growth of the entire organic sector, and enhance your own competitiveness with the benefits of an OCO Leading Membership.

Who can become a collector?

Organic aggregators who purchase from Ontario organic suppliers and sell to Ontario organic customers.  Anyone along the value chain can participate.

How does the program work?

Collectors collect a voluntary check-off from their suppliers and customers, and commit to matching supplier contributions.  

How much should I collect?

OCO suggests a collection of 50% of the commodity fee and/or 0.1% of sales, but it is up to you. We can help you find a collection that works for you.

How can I become a collector?

Together we will decide on a contribution arrangement for your business and a collection schedule. Please contact us to begin the process.

Please contact us to learn more or to become a Grow Organic Collector: