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Canadian Honey Council

The Canadian Beekeepers Council was formed in 1940 to assist in negotiating fair practices for labeling, grading, and marketing honey at the national level. The fledgling organization was underfunded and slow to communicate. It was difficult to respond to issues or develop the international markets that the members wanted. It was clear that there was a need for a higher profile and increased international recognition. In 1970 The Canadian Beekeepers Council decided to change its name to Canadian Honey Council.honey bee photo for the Canadian Honey Council

CHC Office
Executive Director
Rod Scarlett
#218, 51519 R.R.220
Sherwood Park, AB T8E 1H1
ph 877-356-8935

Hivelights Magazine Editorial and Advertising
P. O. Box 914, Station T, Calgary, AB T2H 2H4
Geoff Todd ph 403-512-2123 geoff@honeycouncil.ca
or Doug McRory Email: doug@dougsbees.com

HELP WANTED ads for 2017 can now be ordered. The cost is $50.00 for six months on the CHC web site and printed in the Fall 2016 and Winter 2017 issues of Hivelights. Payments should be made out to Hivelights and mailed to: Hivelights, P. O. Box 914, Station T, Calgary, AB T2H 2H4. Payment and ad should arrive by September 15th 2015.

Contact Geoff Todd: geoff@honeycouncil.ca to place ad.

Join the American Beekeeping Federation (ABF), the American Honey Producers Association (AHPA) and the Canadian Honey Council (CHC) in Galveston, Texas, for the 2017 North American Beekeeping Conference & Tradeshow.

JANUARY 10-14, 2017


See "Events" below for details

Government of Canada's submission for the

Use of the Term “Natural” in the Labeling of Human Food Products; Request for Information and Comments by FDA Due by February 10, 2016 – Extended to May 10, 2016


 PMRA - PRO2016-02 Management of the Pesticide Re-evaluation Process



Stats Canada 2015 honey production  numbers 


Canadian beekeepers produced 95.3 million pounds of honey in 2015, up 11.4% from 2014. There were 8,533 beekeepers in 2015, 365 less than in 2014.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Production of honey
Production of honey

The total value of honey rose 10.9% from 2014 to $232.0 million as a result of increased production. The average price of honey was stable at $2.43 per pound.

On average, each colony had a yield of 132 pounds of honey, 9 pounds more than in 2014.

The number of colonies rose 3.6% from 696,252 to 721,106. This increase was attributable to favourable weather conditions that reduced winter losses, particularly in the Prairie provinces.

Honey production in Alberta, the top producer in Canada, was 42.8 million pounds, up 20.4% from 35.5 million pounds in 2014. Yields rose from 125 pounds per colony to 145 pounds.

In Saskatchewan, honey production increased from 16.5 million pounds in 2014 to 18.8 million pounds in 2015, as a result of more colonies and higher yields.

In Manitoba, although yields were lower, production rose from 14.1 million pounds in 2014 to 16.0 million pounds. This increase was attributable to more honey-producing colonies in the province in 2015.

The Horticulture and Cross Sectoral Division of the Sector Development and Analysis Directorate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is pleased to present the latest report: “Statistical Overview of the Canadian Honey and Bee Industry and the Economic Contribution of Honey Bee Pollination, 2013-2014”.

The report provides a comprehensive statistical overview of the honey and bee industry. It contains tables and charts about Canadian honey production, numbers of beekeepers and bee colonies, revenue, consumption and trade statistics. The report also includes an estimate of the economic contribution of honey bee pollination to Canadian agriculture.

Some highlights from the report include:

  • Honey bee colonies in Canada are at their highest numbers in decades, increasing 4% from 2013 to nearly 700,000 in 2014.

  • The value of honey produced in Canada totaled $202 million in 2014, an increase of 11% from 2013.

  • The trade balance remained positive in 2014 despite a decrease in exports. Total Canadian honey exports decreased from $61 million in 2013 to $51 million in 2014 while imports increased from $26 million in 2013 to $32 million in 2014.

  • The annual economic contribution of honey bee pollination to Canadian agriculture in 2013 is estimated to range from $3 billion to $5 billion.

The key resources used in the preparation of this document are Statistics Canada and Global Trade Atlas. The methodology used to estimate the economic contribution of honey bee pollination is based on the work of Nicholas Calderone of Cornell University.



Apimondia in Montreal Canada 2019!!!

With the theme "Working together within agriculture: Canada’s answer to sustainable beekeeping" the Canadian Honey Council  won the  bid to host Apimondia in Montreal in 2019.  The bid team worked hard putting together an exciting proposal and presented in Daejeon, Korea this September.  The bid website http://www.apimondia2019mtl.com/ has all the information and more will be forthcoming in the next four years. 


PMRA launched a new mobile app that allows individuals to access pesticide labels that have been registered for use in Canada. This app will help homeowners, farmers, industry, as well as provincial and federal organizations look up specific details of the pest control product they are using from the convenience of their smartphone or tablet. The most up-to-date health and safety information will be right at their fingertips with this new user friendly tool.

Users will be able to save their searches as well as download product labels to their ‘Favourites’ for access, even when they are offline. 'Favourites' will also auto-update whenever users access them when online. Pesticide labels can be searched based on various factors including product name and active ingredient. The directions found on pesticide labels are important as they contain detailed explanations on proper product use and what precautions should be taken to avoid injury.
Users can download the app on their mobile device using the link below.
If you have any comments on the app, or suggestions for improving the app, please include them in the app's comments section on your device's app store.
If you have any questions, please contact the PMRA's Information Service.
L'ARLA a lancé une nouvelle application mobile qui permet d'accéder aux étiquettes des pesticides qui ont été homologués pour utilisation au Canada. Cette application aidera les particuliers, les agriculteurs, l'industrie, de même que les organisations provinciales et fédérales, à chercher des renseignements précis sur les produits antiparasitaires qu'ils utilisent, à partir de leur téléphone intelligent ou de leur tablette.  Ce nouvel outil convivial leur offrira à portée de main des renseignements à jour sur la santé et la sécurité.

Les utilisateurs de cet outil pourront sauvegarder leurs recherches et pourront télécharger les étiquettes de produits et les ajouter à leurs favoris aux fins de consultation ultérieure, même lorsqu'ils ne sont pas en ligne. Tout favori sera également mis à jour automatiquement chaque fois que l’utilisateur le consultera en direct. On peut chercher des étiquettes de pesticides à partir de divers critères, dont le nom du produit ou de la matière active. Le mode d’emploi de l’étiquette d’un pesticide est important, car il contient une explication détaillée de l’emploi adéquat du produit et des mesures de précaution à prendre afin d’éviter de se blesser.
Les utilisateurs peuvent télécharger l'application dans leur mobile au moyen du lien ci-dessous.
Si vous avez des commentaires sur cette application ou des suggestions d'amélioration, veuillez les indiquer dans la section « Commentaires » de cette application dans votre magasin d'applications.
Si vous avez des questions, veuillez joindre le Service de renseignements sur la lutte antiparasitaire de l'Agence.


Tylosin in honey  MRL set by Health Canada


New  CAPA Overwintering losses for 2015




New   Work Permit Guidelines for Seasonal Workers for 2016






2016 Wage guidelines


 New    Sustainability of Canada’s Agricultural Workforce



Eastern Apicultural Society is now accepting for 2016:

As a result of the generosity of our donors and the success of the EAS conferences, EAS has increased the Honey Bee Research Grant to US $10,000 and the premiums for the Student and Roger Morse Awards to US $1,000 and US $500, respectively.

Notice Regarding Honey Shipments to Japan and India

On December 19, 2014, Canada was informed that Japan refused entry to a shipment of honey from Alberta due to the voluntary attestation that the level of residues for tylosin, one of four different antibiotics on the certificate of analysis accompanying the shipment, was below 0.001 ppm.  In the absence of an approved Maximum Residue Limit (MRL) specifically for honey, Japan is imposing a zero tolerance for the presence of this antibiotic residue in honey.

We have since determined that Japan notified the World Trade Organisation (WTO) in July 2013 of revisions to the standards for foods and food additives for two agricultural chemicals, including tylosin. However, although Japan listed honey as a product covered under WTO notification No. 319, in the absence of a Codex MRL, Canada did not provide comments regarding tylosin.  

We are aware that Health Canada (HC) is in the process of establishing an MRL of 0.2 ppm for tylosin in honey. The process is expected to be concluded in 2015, following consultations in 2014.  HC has indicated that they are willing to share scientific findings with Japanese officials to assist them in adopting Canada’s proposed MRL.  The Market Access Secretariat (MAS) will initiate the request for the Japanese authorities to adopt Canada’s MRL for tylosin in honey, once adopted domestically. However, this may not be an expeditious process.

In the meantime, we recommend that all Canadian honey exports to Japan be free from tylosin, given that any detectable levels of this veterinary drug in a shipment will likely result in refused entry.  Shipments where tylosin is declared on the certificate of analysis should be re-directed to other markets.

We will keep you appraised as the file evolves. Should you have additional questions, contact us via email at: mas-sam@agr.gc.ca




 Pesticide exposure statement

The Canadian Honey Council views pesticide exposure, both internally and externally as an extremely important bee health issue.  By working co-operatively with governments, agricultural producers, agri- chemical companies, equipment manufactures and beekeepers, significant improvements have been made that have mitigated exposure risks to honey bees.  Certainly more work needs to be done, and working together with all those involved in the agriculture sector, we are confident that more successes will be achieved.  Accusations of blame do not provide an environment that welcomes new and innovative solutions and as such we will continue to work together with all parties to ensure optimum bee health, and at the same time, uphold our responsibility to beekeepers all across Canada to represent their interest in a respectful manner.