Merchants and distributors


Distribution chains and retailers in Quebec that sell organic products must strive to comply with the rules and regulations of the Act Respecting Reserved Designations. This act governs, as of February 1st, 2000, the use of the words "organic", "ecological", "biodynamic" and their related abbreviations (i.e. org, bio)

All companies operating in the sectors of production, packaging, re-packaging and labelling of agri-food products are bound by very strict regulations and must be certified by a certification body accredited by the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV)

As of July 1st, 2004, non-compliance with the law will result in offending businesses exposing themselves to legal action and may result in fines ranging from 2,000 to 60,000 dollars.

In order to avoid such fines, distribution chains and retailers must comply with the regulations defined in the law.

To learn more about them, we invite you to browse the following sections:



Request for Temporary Exemption of Labeling Requirements


Whenever labels for agri-food products do not comply with the labeling requirements of the Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV), the company wishing to market continue the sale of that product within Quebec shall ask for an exemption.

Such a request by a company for permission to market one or more products in Quebec is intended to allow enough time to modify a product’s packaging so that it conforms to existing regulations.

For all requests for information concerning products requiring a temporary marketing authorization or to obtain an Exemption Request form, contact the Supervision Program Officer at the following address:

  • Supervision Program Officer
    Conseil des appellations réservées et des termes valorisants (CARTV)
    4.03 - 201 boulevard Crémazie Est, Montréal (Québec) Canada H2M 1L2
  • E-mail:
  • Fax: 514.873.2580