Honey Industry / Beekeeping
Did You Know?
A single bee colony can produce more than 100 pounds (45 kg) of extra honey and this is what is harvested by the beekeeper! [learn more cool facts]
Over 50,000 bees live in a hive! [more honey bee trivia...]
No reports of Africanized honeybees (AHB) in Canada!
How many beekeepers and colonies are there in Canada?
There are over 8,000 beekeepers keeping 720,000 colonies of honey bees? [See statistics below]
Does your province have the most beekeepers? [Learn who does]
What countries can queen bees be imported from?
Australia, New Zealand, Hawaii, USA, Chile. [View import regulations]
Can package bees be imported from anywhere?
No check with CFIA. [Click here for your nearest office]
How can I find exporters of Canadian honey?
Exporters can be found at the [National Honey Board Honey locator site]
What are the opportunities for exporting honey? [The US Honey Market: Opportunities for Canadian Honey Exporters]
Must I be registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency if I sell honey for sale outside of my province.
Yes. [Click for more info]
Do exports of honey to the EU require a health certificate? Yes. [Click for more information on CFIA requirements] Click here for detailed EU regulations
Where can I get a copy of organic standards for honey?
Click for organic standards
Certified Organic honey has a new nationally and internationally recognised logo.
Click here to see it
Who can certify organic honey? Click here for the list of CFIA accredited certifying bodies
Can I use the grade name “Canada Number 1” on my label without being registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency? No. [Click for more info]
Where can I get a copy of a nutrition box for honey label?
The Canadian Honey Council is pleased to provide this for you. Click to download Nutrition Box
Where can I find UPC barcodes? You must register with GS1 Canada [Click to Register]
Melter Honey - Industry Standards
What takes the least amount of energy to make... chocolate, snacks or honey? Honey is the winner by a long shot and is called an ethical sweetener for that reason. [read more]
The Honey Bee Industry at a glance (Click here for an overview)
Honey Production Values - Stat Canada Data in pdf format
2009 2008 | 2007 | 2006 | 2005 | 2004 | 2003 | 2002 | 2001 | 2000 | 1999 | 1998
Honey Import/Export Statistics in pdf format
October 2015 http://www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/Copy_of_octoberimports.pdf
Honey Imports 2013 - English | Honey Imports 2013 - French
Honey Exports 2013 - English | Honey Exports 2013 - French
http://www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/Honey_Imports_English.pdf June 2014
http://www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/Honey_Imports_French.pdf June 2014
http://www.honeycouncil.ca/images2/pdfs/Honey_Exports_English.pdf June 2014
New Draft Pollination Contracts
Our pollinators are in trouble! Click here to find out about Save Our Bees campaign.
Canola pollination is an expanding industry in southern Alberta. Hybrid Seed Canola pollination
Honey bees are responsible for pollinating 1/3 of our food crops! [More pollination figures]
Managing bees for pollination [Learn More]
Blueberries need bees! [Learn More]
Be a pollinator observer [Learn More]
North American Pollinator Protection Campaign [Learn More]
NSERC-CANPOLIN is a 5 year project studying managed and wild pollinators in Canada [Learn More]
Diseases and Pests
For treatment of American Foulbrood, Nosema, Varroa mites and Tracheal mites, the following sites have expert recommendations:
Canadian Association Professional Apiculturists
Beekeeping in Urban Areas
The art of beekeeping can be practised anywhere that bees can forage for nectar and pollen.
Some cities allow beekeeping, some ignore it and others have bylaws that restrict or ban the activity. There is no one source on the internet for locating cities that allow honey bees. Cities set their own bylaws and it is a mish mash of rules and regulations that varies across the country. Recently Vancouver, Richmond, North Vancouver, Burnaby and Delta have all changed their bylaws to allow beekeeping. Others like Calgary have nothing that allows or disallows bees, providing they are not a nuisance. Ontario has a provincial regulation that does not allow bee hives within 100 ft of a property line but the rule is generally ignored and a blind eye is turned to urban beekeeping, unless there is a problem.
The Fairmont hotel chain has bees on the rooftop at the Royal York in Toronto and the Fairmont Waterfront hotel in Vancouver, so they are helping in changing attitudes to urban beekeeping. Also in Toronto, check out Portlands Energy Centre (PEC) website at: http://www.portlandsenergycentre.com/our_community/birds_bees.html
Check with your provincial apiculturist for current regulations.
Bees are kept successfully in downtown Vancouver. Click here to see rooftop bees in Vancouver Convention Centre.
Backyard beekeeping is growing in Calgary. Visit Apiaries Bees and Communities.
Chicago is embracing urban beekeeping. Click here for the Chicago Co-op Story.
The first lady Michelle Obama has introduced bees to the white house garden. Click here for more on the story.
Vancouver British Columbia allows beekeeping. Visit City Farmer.
Blog on beekeeping in urban areas visit the urbanworkbench.com
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