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Canadian Honey Council

The Canadian Beekeepers Council was formed in 1940 to assist in negotiating fair practices for labeling, grading, and marketing honey at the national level. The fledgling organization was underfunded and slow to communicate. It was difficult to respond to issues or develop the international markets that the members wanted. It was clear that there was a need for a higher profile and increased international recognition. In 1970 The Canadian Beekeepers Council decided to change its name to Canadian Honey Council.honey bee photo for the Canadian Honey Council

CHC Office
Executive Director
Rod Scarlett
#218, 51519 R.R.220
Sherwood Park, AB T8E 1H1
ph 877-356-8935

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P. O. Box 914, Station T, Calgary, AB T2H 2H4
Geoff Todd ph 403-512-2123 geoff@honeycouncil.ca
or Doug McRory Email: doug@dougsbees.com

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Canadian Bee Industry Safety Quality Traceability program successfully completed. 

The Canadian Honey Council is very pleased to announce that CBISQT has passed the final hurdle, the technical review,  and is available for producers to voluntarily adopt. Paticular thanks go out to Tim Townsend and Robert McDonald who worked diligently to complete the process.  The Producer Manual can be seen here: 


A flow diagram can be seen here:


Over the course of the next few months, the CHC will be making copies widely available and will providing more information as to the content and its relationship with bee-biosecurity.  For now, if you have questions, please do not hesitate to contact the office.

CAPA's Winter loss survey 2013-14

The link below is  CAPA's statement of Canada's Winter Loss survey 2013-14.  It is compiled by the Canadian Association of Professional Apiarists (CAPA) and forwarded to Canadian Honey Council.  It provides useful information for beekeepers in gaining a broader understanding of our industry as well as being better informed on handling inquiries from customers and the general public.


For those industries on the National Commodities List here are the 2014 wage rates:



– Stakeholder Workshop Ottawa, Ontario -

March 31, 2014, Ottawa ON  - The necessity to take a comprehensive look at the various factors impacting bee health in Canada brought together a diverse group of stakeholders at a Bee Health Workshop in Ottawa.

“Bees are critical to both our economy and our ecosystem,” said Rod Scarlett Bee Health Workshop Chair & Executive Director of the Canadian Honey Council. “That is why beekeepers, farmers, agronomists, scientists, government and other partners are working on this together. We know if we develop a national and inclusive approach, everyone will be better off.  If we can’t work together, everyone will lose something because so much is at stake.”

The national workshop held this week, was the next step in ensuring all parties with a stake in bee health can collaborate on solutions. Participants included beekeeper groups, grain, horticulture and organic farm groups, chemical and seed industry representatives, federal and provincial governments and bee health experts.

The need and opportunities for Canada’s beekeepers are expected to continue to grow and this group of stakeholders is committed to working together to find positive outcomes for pollinator health as well as agricultural production.

“Bees are an important part of agriculture. Grain farmers are pleased with this opportunity to work with beekeepers, scientific experts and governments to promote the health of bees,” said William Van Tassel, Workshop attendee and First Vice- President of la Fédération des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Québec.  “A commitment to a co-ordinated, comprehensive national focus on honey bee health is the right approach.”

The group has agreed to continue to meet in a collaborative manner.

The following is a link to the first gap report that resulted from the workshop.  The Steering Committee met on May 22, 2014 and refined the report.  An update from that meeting will be posted shortly.


Record of decision reports



At the August Steering Committee, at the request of the Bee Health Workshop, CAPA prepared a list of the certified labs across Canada and to some extent, the United States, that provide disease and chemical analysis.



The Canola Council filmed some interviews with beekeepers and canola growers in field last summer, talking about how they get along and work together.  They have  cut them into a few videos; some for consumers, and one specifically for famers. They are currently hosting them on their YouTube channel, and will be screening them for all interested parties. We’re excited for the opportunity to tell our story, which is one we believe to be a good news story for western Canadian agriculture.  The link is:  http://www.canolacouncil.org/media/video-gallery/bees-and-canola/

1.            Canola and Bees: Working together

2.            Canola and Bees: A sweet relationship

3.            Canola and Bees: Producing premium honey

4.            Bee Health: A concern of two industries


The Standing Senate Committee on Agriculture and Forestry tabled its report  Innovation in Agriculture: The Key to Feeding a Growing Population  

Le Comité sénatorial permanent de l’agriculture et des forêts a déposé son rapport intitulé L’innovation agricole : un élément clé pour nourrir une population en pleine croissance.