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Ontario creates Honey Bee Health Initiative

August 16, 2023  By Fruit & Vegetable

The governments of Canada and Ontario are investing more than $1.3 million through the Sustainable CAP to help improve the resiliency and competitiveness of beekeeper operations in Ontario.

“Honey bees and the producers who care for them play a vital role in the production and diversity of high-value agricultural crops in Ontario,” said Lawrence MacAulay, federal minister of agriculture and agri-food, in a press release. “Through this initiative, beekeepers will be able to access tools specific to their unique needs so they can continue building successful and sustainable beekeeping operations.”

The new Honey Bee Health Initiative will help Ontario beekeepers maintain healthy honey bee colonies and will support them as they grow their number of colonies. Eligible activities also include equipment purchases or modifications of equipment that prevents the spread of disease and analysis work to support best management practices.


“Ontario beekeepers play an important role in honey production and maintaining healthy bee colonies which in turn, contributes to the pollination of Ontario crops,” said Lisa Thompson, Ontario minister of agriculture, food and rural affairs. “Our government is committed to working with our beekeepers to address sector challenges, explore new markets and ensure the sector remains competitive.”

This funding builds on previous programs, such as the 2021 back-to-back Honey Bee Health Management initiatives offered under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).

This initiative will be delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association (OSCIA) and will directly contribute to goals outlined in the Grow Ontario Strategy. The outcomes of this initiative will contribute to increasing the amount of food grown and prepared in Ontario by 30 per cent by 2032.

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