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Record of Decisions from the March Roundtable meeting.



Canada, U.S. aligned on collaborative approaches to improving bee health

Ottawa, Canada, May 21, 2015 - Canada’s National Bee Health Roundtable applauds the Obama administration for releasing its practical, solutions-focused National Strategy to Promote the Health of Honey Bees and Other Pollinators earlier this week.

“After a comprehensive consultation process, the U.S. Pollinator Health Task Force concluded that addressing bee health challenges will take a collaborative, multi-pronged approach. This is very much aligned with the approach the Bee Health Roundtable (BHRT) is taking here in Canada,” says Rod Scarlett, co-chair of the BHRT and executive director of the Canadian Honey Council.

The White House report emphasizes the importance of collaboration when it comes to bee health. The BHRT is itself built on a collaborative model, made up of a wide range of stakeholders, governments and experts all working towards a common goal.

Among the priorities shared by both the White House and the BHRT are: improving nutritional sources for pollinators; mitigating pollinator losses from pests, pathogens, pesticides and other causes; engaging in public education; and improving research and innovation, including the development of new pest control tools for beekeepers.

Bee health is a complex issue that affects a wide range of stakeholders. By working together with all partners who have a stake in this issue, the BHRT is making meaningful progress here in Canada. A number of priority areas outlined in the U.S. report have already been initiated as projects and work is well underway in areas such as public/private partnerships, forage and nutrition research, facilitating access to new hive health products, and the promotion of best management practices.

Bee health is not an issue that is confined by borders. As such, the BHRT is pleased to see that our priorities align closely with those of our partners in the U.S. and we look forward to exploring further opportunities to collaborate on this important issue with our neighbours to the south,” says Scarlett.

“We’ve seen a lot of engagement from stakeholders on this issue willing to work together to ensure the continued prosperity of the beekeeping industry here in Canada. It’s these kind of collaborative approaches that will result in real solutions to bee health challenges,” says Scarlett.

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For more information contact:

Debra Conlon

Bee Health Roundtable Communications



About the Bee Health Roundtable

The Bee Health Roundtable (BHRT) is committed to producing, through inclusive discussion, an increased understanding of the risks involved where agriculture and apiculture intersect, and undertaking timely activities aimed at reducing or eliminating these risks. The group is made up of a cross-section of stakeholders including those from industry, academia, and provincial and federal governments.




A National Bee Health Action Plan

TODAY – Ottawa – A National Bee Health Action Plan to address factors impacting bee health in Canada and improve the health and populations of bees was endorsed by the members of the newly formed National Roundtable on Bee Health in early October 2014.

At a meeting in October, individuals from across Canada met to determine a National plan to address bee health in Canada and agreed to formalize their efforts under an Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) Roundtable. 

“The establishment of a National Bee Health Roundtable provides the forum to achieve results on a National Bee Health Action plan,” said Rod Scarlett, Co-Chair of the National Bee Health Roundtable & Executive Director, Honey Council of Canada.  “The National Bee Health Action Plan has aggressive targets that cover a broad spectrum of issues facing honey bees and a particular priority will be place on two areas: 1) Varroa Mite control and 2) Promoting ways to reduce pesticide exposure in and outside the hive.”

The National Bee Health Plan’s goal is to identify priority issues, foster collaborative and innovative activities that help maintain a healthy honeybee population in Canada as well as support a competitive Canadian apicultural industry.

Canada’s National Bee Health Plan was initiated by attendees of the National Bee Health Workshop held in March 2014.  Extensive work over the Summer to inventory current efforts underway to promote bee health and determine priority actions was conducted by a broad range of individuals and organizations representing beekeepers,  scientists,  grain farmers, members of the agriculture industry as well as  provincial and the Federal government representatives.

In addition to the two priority areas, the Roundtable will investigate solutions in such fields as bee care and nutrition, pests and pathogens (diseases and viruses), environment and foraging surroundings, and growing agricultural needs.  

At the October Bee Health Forum meeting, agreement was reached to transition from a forum to a formal roundtable.

The National Bee Health Action Plan is comprehensive here is a link to the details of the plan :

English: http://www.agr.gc.ca/eng/industry-markets-and-trade/value-chain-roundtables/bee-health/objectives-and-priorities/?id=1409836063106

 French: http://www.agr.gc.ca/fra/industrie-marches-et-commerce/tables-rondes-sur-les-chaines-de-valeur/sante-des-abeilles/objectifs-et-priorites/?id=1409836063106

 For further inform

Rod Scarlett
Executive Director
Canadian Honey Council




Participating Organizations – National Bee Health Roundtable

Federal government representatives from:
Health Canada's Pest Management Regulatory Agency and
Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)

Provincial government representatives from across Canada

 Canadian Honey Council

Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists

Grain Growers of Canada

Canadian Horticultural Council

Canadian Organic Growers

Canadian Seed Trade Association

la Fédération des producteurs de cultures commerciales du Québec

Grain Farmers of Ontario

CropLife Canada

Canadian Seed Growers Association

Association of Equipment Manufacturers

Canola Council of Canada

Ontario Apple Growers

Blueberry Processor

BC Blueberry Council

Pollinator Partnership


– 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.



Below is the Record of Decision and Bulletin from the meeting held on October 3, 2014.