Honey Bee Producer Guide to the National Bee Farm-level Biosecurity Standard
Appendix B: Additional Resources

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1. Canadian Honey Council (CHC)National Office

36 High Vale Crescent, Sherwood Park, AB T8A 5J7

Telephone: 1-877-356-8935 or 1-780-570-5930

The Canadian Honey Council is the national association of beekeepers, representing 7000 apiculturists across Canada. The CHC provides a forum where producers, packers, professionals, provincial associations, and officials from different levels of government can discuss and recommend action in the best interests of Canada's honey bee industry.

Contact or Visit the CHC website for information and links to the following:

  1. newsletters
  2. provincial Beekeeping Associations
  3. federal and provincial government contacts
  4. education and beekeeping courses
  5. suppliers
  6. the Canadian Bee Industry Safety Quality and Traceability (C-BISQT) on-farm food safety program, developed by the CHC with information on production practices, on-farm food safety, and honey house design.
  7. integrated pest management (IPM) monitoring and treatment calendar with listing of diagnostic laboratories and testing facilities

2. Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA)

Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA)

PO Box 373, Aylesford, NS B0P 1C0

CAPA members study, educate, and administrate in the fields of apiculture and pollination. They engage in diverse pursuits, including

  • regulatory aspects associated with management of honey bees
  • research into the secrets of bee and pollination biology
  • inspection of commercial bee colonies for diseases and pests
  • collection of statistics on provincial and federal honey and wax production
  • inspection of commercial honey and wax for purity
  • conservation initiatives to encourage wild species of bees
  • development of cost-effective methods for the sustainable management of commercial bees

CAPA Publications (avalable on the CAPA web-site) :

  1. Diseases and Parasites: http://www.CAPAbees.com/category/extension/disease/
  2. Scott-Dupree C. A Guide to Managing Bees for Crop Pollination. http://www.CAPAbees.com/category/extension/pollination-and-bee-forage/
  3. CAPA Apicultural Reading List. http://www.CAPAbees.com/category/publications/

3. Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC)

NSERC - CANPOLIN , Canadian Pollination Initiative, University of Guelph

NSERC - CANPOLIN is a five-year NSERC strategic network that is addressing the growing problem of pollinator decline in agricultural and natural ecosystems in Canada. NSERC - CANPOLIN offers an exciting and unique approach to pollination research. For the first time, leading experts in entomology, ecology, plant-reproductive biology, genomics, prediction, and economics have joined forces to explore the full scope of the pollination problem – from pollinator health and conservation to the gene flow in plants, the impact of climate change, and the economics of pollination.

4.Canadian Beekeeping Manuals

  1. Gruszka John (editor). Beekeeping in Western Canada. Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development, 1998, Edmonton, Alberta.
  2. Skinner Alison J, Tam Janet J, Bannister Rachel M. Ontario Beekeeping Manual. 2011 Edition. Ontario Beekeepers Association Technology Transfer Program.
  3. Skinner, Alison J., Tam, Janet J., Bannister, Rachel M. Ontario Queen Rearing Manual 2011 Edition, Ontario Beekeepers Association Technology Transfer Program.
  4. Gestion optimale du rucher. 2e edition, Centre de référence en agriculture et agroalimentaire du Québec (CRAAQ). (French Only

5.Training and Extension

  1. Ontario Beekeepers Association, Technology Transfer Program Orchard Park Centre, Suite B47, 5420 Highway 6 North, Guelph, Ontario, Canada N1H 6J2
  2. Commercial Beekeeping – Certificate Program https://www.GPRC.ab.ca/programs/viewcatalog.1.43.html
    A new certificate program at Grande Prairie Regional College (GPRC) Fairview will be the firstbeekeeping vocational program in Canada for the education and training of commercial beekeepers.
  3. See also CHC website for links to local beekeeping courses.

6.Federal Government

  1. Canadian Food Inspection Agency
    1. For bee industry information:
    2. Links to the Health of Animals Act and Regulations are found on the CFIA website.
  2. Health Canada

    Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA)

    Report a Pesticide Incident

  3. Public Works and Government Services Canada

    Organic Production Systems: General Principles and Management StandardsCAN/CGSB-32.310-2006. Amended October 2008, December 2009 and June 2011.

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