Attitudes towards organic products in Canada 2019

The price of organic products is one factor which is discouraging Canadians from purchasing them – over 54 percent of respondents stated that they would buy organic products if they were not so expensive during a survey carried out by ProdegeMR in July 2019 in Canada. When thinking about organic products, one third of respondents also said that companies exaggerate organic claims.

What makes a product organic?

Organic products are made using organic agricultural methods. This includes agricultural systems which do not use chemical fertilizers and pesticides, growth regulators and livestock feed additives. Organic agriculture works towards environmentally, socially and economically sustainable production.

Organic market in Canada

The organic food market was worth approximately 5.4 billion Canadian dollars in Canada in 2017 , an increase in around 4.4 billion dollars since 2005. There were 4,800 organic primary producers in Canada in 2017 to cater for this growing market. According to a recent survey, almost 40 percent of respondents stated vegetables as the category in which they purchase organic products regularly.

Attitudes towards organic products among consumers in Canada as of July 2019*

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Release date

July 2019



Survey time period

July 2019

Number of respondents

10,007 respondents

Method of interview

Online survey

Supplementary notes

* The question was phrased by the source as follows: "Do you agree with any of these statements about organic food? (select all which apply)"

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