Bakers Journal

Canada and Ontario increasing funding to improve honey bee health

May 21, 2024
By Bakers Journal

Governments are investing an additional $1 million to help beekeepers improve their operations.


Toronto – The governments of Canada and Ontario are increasing funding to the Honey Bee Health Initiative by up to $1 million to help improve the resiliency and competitiveness of beekeeper operations in Ontario. The aim is to help more Ontario beekeepers protect their colonies over the winter and protect against invasive pests such as varroa mites which pose a serious threat to honey bee health.

The Honey Bee Health Initiative, made possible through the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership (Sustainable CAP), initially opened on Sept. 15, 2023, with a budget of over $1.3 million. To date, 218 projects have been approved. This initiative builds on previous programs, such as the back-to-back Honey Bee Health Management initiatives offered under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (CAP).

This initiative is delivered by the Ontario Soil and Crop Improvement Association and will directly contribute to the goals outlined in the Grow Ontario Strategy, the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs said in a news release. The outcomes of this initiative will help to support food supply chain stability.

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