Equifruit holds organic and Fairtrade certification, and is also involved in a range of produce industry and Fair Trade advocacy organizations. Below you’ll find the groups we work with, in their words.
Fairtrade Canada is a national, non profit fair trade certification organization, and the only Canadian member of Fairtrade International. Their work covers three main areas:
- Certification: Fairtrade Canada is responsible for certifying that Canadian products bearing the FAIRTRADE certification Mark meet international Fairtrade Standards. The entire supply chain is monitored and audited from the producer until the final point of packaging.
- Licensing: Fairtrade Canada licenses Canadian companies to use the FAIRTRADE Mark on their products, and ensures that they abide by strict standards.
- Education: Fairtrade Canada works alongside community groups, companies, and individual citizens to educate about fair trade and Fairtrade certified products, and to build momentum so more producers can sell more of their products on fair terms.
Ecocert Canada is Equifruit’s organic certifier. They work in the field to guarantee compliance with specific production, processing and distribution standards on organic food.
Partners in Protection (PIP) is a cooperative program between private industry and the Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) CBSA aimed at enhancing border and trade chain security. It is designed to streamline and make border processes more efficient for low-risk, pre-approved businesses recognized as trusted traders, to enhance the integrity of their production, transportation, importation and/or exportation processes.
The Fruit and Vegetable Dispute Resolution Corporation (DRC) is a non-profit, membership-based organization serving the produce trade. DRC provides harmonized standards, procedures and services to their members to help them avoid commercial disputes.
The Quebec Produce Marketing Association (QPMA) is a non-profit organization that brings together members from every sector of the produce industry, with a mission to create a favourable environment for the development of fruit and vegetable marketing in Quebec, to play a leadership role in promoting fruits and vegetables, and to represent and defend the best interests of their members with government and industry.
The Canadian Produce Marketing Association (CPMA) is a not-for-profit organization that represents companies that are active in the marketing of fresh fruits and fresh vegetables in Canada from the farm gate to the dinner plate.
The non-profit Montreal Council of Bio-Food Industries (CIBIM) is an initiative of professional and institutional Montrealers to promote and develop the bio-food industry on the island of Montreal, more specifically in manufacturing, distribution and in restaurants / food service.
The Agri-Food Export Group Québec–Canada is the largest association of agri-food product exporters in Canada. In its roles as a special link between exporters and markets and a vital bridge between the public and private sectors, the Group toils daily to bolster the presence of Québec products in the four corners of the earth.
Fair Trade Associations
The Quebec Association for Fair Trade is the voice of Quebec’s fair trade movement. Their mission is support their members, who put into daily practice the values and principles of fair trade. This support takes the form of education, promotion, consultation and mobilisation.
Fair Trade Montreal is an action group that works to promote the availability of fair trade products while educating Montrealers about fair trade.
Fair Trade Toronto (FTT) is an independent, volunteer based organization that promotes Fair Trade in the City of Toronto and unifies the Fair Trade community in the GTA to increase public awareness. They are also part of a greater Fair Trade organization (Fairtrade Canada) that allows us to connect with the national and international community.
The Canadian Fair Trade Network (CFTN) is a non-profit organization that works with civil society and industry stakeholders to advance awareness and support for fair trade in Canada. It supports collaboration and best practices within the fair trade movement to increase Canadian commitments to international social responsibility.