The ONTARIO BEEKEEPERS' ASSOCIATION offers Membership Commercial Liability Insurance Policy in place for current OBA members who reside in Ontario.
The insurance policy runs from January 1st to December 31st.
It should be noted that this description represents a general overview of the policy, covering the important issues. Exact detail is provided in the policy wording. Please direct any questions through the OBA office.
All operations of beekeeping with respect to beekeeping, honey sales and demo hives displayed at schools, fairs and other similar locations. Note that commercial operations such as manufacturing of candles, lip balms, etc. are not covered under this policy and we would suggest that you consult your insurance professional regarding your insurance needs.
Bodily Injury and Property Damage, each occurrence $2,000,000
Products and Completed Operations, each occurrence $2,000,000 (Any sales to the United States should be discussed with the OBA office)
Annual Aggregate $2,000,000
Personal Injury Liability, each occurrence $2,000,000
Medical Payments - provides voluntary payment of medical expenses, limited to$2,500 to any one person
Non-owned Automobile Liability $2,000,000
(Protects you against legal liability arising from the use or operation on your behalf of any automobile that you do not own. If the vehicle owner's policy had lapsed, or the limits proved inadequate, this would protect you.) Broad Form Completed Operations Incl. in limit
Property Damage Deductible - any one occurrence $ 500.00
It is hereby understood and agreed that the named insured shall include and cover only those members who pay for the insurance option according to the hive locations they have registered with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs at the time they apply.
It is understood and agreed that claims arising out of bodily injury caused by apitherapy or medical treatment using bees shall be excluded.
Policy covers liability claims on product (honey, pollen, propolis and royal jelly) related to beekeeping and incidences arising from beekeeping, such as bee stings. In addition the insurer will defend suits brought against a member in these instances, even if the suit is groundless in nature.
Policy excludes the service of honey bee swarm removal offered as a fee for service or as in-kind.
Please remember that this policy is not intended to replace insurance on your business or premises. For example, a slip and fall accident would not be insured under this policy. You must have a personal or business premises liability policy.
OBA Comprehensive General Liability cost:
$96.00 per year for small-scale beekeepers (49 or fewer colonies)
$132.00 per year for commercial producers (50 or more colonies)
The policy runs on a calendar year basis. You may apply at any time but the price remains the same. It is not pro-rated when purchased outside of calendar date.
In order to identify your yard locations in the case of a claim, when applying you must list your locations the same as you have them listed with OMAFRA at the time you apply. Do not leave blank.
A copy of current year Certification of Registration with OMAFRA including your Beekeepers ID number is also required to make policy valid.
Note: In order to process your application, OBA Admin must receive your application filled out completely, including all names you operate your honey business under, residence location (if applicable), complete yard information and full payment. You will be insured starting January 1 (or upon receipt of your application by the OBA, if after January 1)
Incomplete information may void your insurance coverage.
A Certificate of Insurance will be mailed to you or sent as a PDF file electronically upon request.