For organic exporters to Canada, everything changed on June 30, 2009, when the new Canada Organization Regime (NRC) came into effect. In the absence of an agreement, USDA certified organic foods exported to Canada would have had to obtain a second certification in order to bring them into compliance with binding Canadian standards and regulations. Similarly, according to Canadian guidelines exported to the United States, all certified organic foods should have continued to meet National Organic Program (NOP) guidelines before being sold in the U.S. market. This dual certification would have been an unnecessary burden for producers and producers and would have seriously hampered trade between the two countries. The following CEPA rules no longer apply in Alberta: Equivalency agreements are trade agreements with other countries.