Supporting Honey Bee Health - Canadian & Ontario Governments Announce Funding for Beekeepers


Funding helps Ontario beekeepers address stress factors affecting bee health and improve their businesses.

INNISFIL — The Governments of Canada and Ontario announced today cost-share funding to support and strengthen the health of the province's honey bees and beekeeping sector.  

Through a targeted intake under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, the federal and provincial governments are investing up to $500,000 to help beekeepers make improvements to better manage pests, such as Varroa mites, diseases and other stressors and to grow their bee-related businesses.


Under this special application intake, Ontario beekeepers will be able to apply for funding to support the following:

  • Equipment to prevent the introduction and spread of disease and increase overwinter survival of bees
  • Sampling and analysis for pests and diseases to increase adoption of integrated pest management and other best management practices
  • Business supports to help beekeepers grow their business

More details on eligible activities and cost-sharing amounts for this targeted intake will be available in the near future, with the application intake opening on September 3, 2019. In the meantime, view this preliminary information.


"The Ontario Beekeepers' Association appreciates the funding that the Governments of Canada and Ontario has just offered beekeepers," says OBA president, André Flys, who attended the announcement at Innisfil Creek Honey. "Ontario beekeepers have been suffering high overwinter losses and low honey yields and this additional funding may help some beekeepers stay in business. We await the details of this program and hope it will evolve into a multi-year offering."


Register to attend a short Webinar, hosted by OSCIA, to learn more about how to apply successfully for funding. Please make sure you only register for one session, as there are many hoping to participate. If you register and do not participate, that is a spot that was unavailable to someone else.


 Monday, September 9, 2019, 12 noon, EDT
 Register here.

     Monday, September 9, 2019, 8 pm, EDT
Register here

  Thursday, September 5th, 2019, 12:00 noon  

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Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019, 8:00 pm AT CAPACITY - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Thursday, August 29th, 12 noon AT CAPACITY - REGISTRATION CLOSED

Wednesday, August 28th, 8 pm AT CAPACITY - REGISTRATION CLOSED 


Read Full News Release.

See program details here

Read Article from the Province on Investing in Your Beekeeping Operation (July / August 2019 Ontario Bee Journal)

Listen to The Morning Show on Global News Radio interview of OBA president, André Flys.