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Statistics / Industry Information – Canadian Honey Council

Statistics / Industry Information

Labelling honey
 Can I use the grade name “Canada Number 1” on my label without being registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency? No. [Click for more info]

 Where can I get a copy of a nutrition box for honey label?
The Canadian Honey Council is pleased to provide this for you.  Honey Nutrition Label (download PDF)

 Where can I find UPC barcodes?  You must register with GS1 Canada [Click to Register]

Drum standards:

Honey Industry Drum Standards

Melter Honey – Industry Standards

Canadian Honey Industry Melter- Baker’s Honey Standard

Norme de l’Industrie canadienne du miel relativement au miel de fondoir_pâtisserie

Honey export
 How can I find exporters of Canadian honey?
Some exporters can be found at the [National Honey Board Honey locator site] Also check with each Provincial association.

 Must I be registered with the Canadian Food Inspection Agency if I sell honey for sale outside of my province.
Yes. [Click for more info]

The Horticulture and Cross Sectoral Division of the Sector Development and Analysis Directorate, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada is pleased to present the latest report: “Statistical Overview of the Canadian Honey and Bee Industry – 2015”.

Statistical Review of the Honey and Bee Industry (2015_EN)

The report provides a comprehensive statistical overview of the honey and bee industry. It contains tables and charts about Canadian honey production, numbers of beekeepers and bee colonies, revenue, consumption and trade statistics.

Some highlights from the report include:

  • Honey bee colonies in Canada are at their highest numbers in decades, increasing 4% from 2014 to over 720,000 in 2015.
  • The value of honey produced in Canada totaled nearly $232 million in 2015, an increase of 11% from 2014.
  • Total Canadian honey exports rose to $65 million in 2015 from $48 million in 2014 while imports increased from $32 million in 2014 to $41 million in 2015.

The key resources used in the preparation of this document are Statistics Canada and Global Trade Tracker.

The report will be available online shortly but in the meantime, copies can be requested by emailing us at horticultureAAFC-AAC@agr.gc.ca.


La Division de l’horticulture et des enjeux pan sectoriels de la Direction du développement et analyse du secteur est heureux de présenter  le dernier rapport : « Aperçu statistique de l’industrie apicole canadienne  -2015 ».

    Statistical Review of the Honey and Bee Industry (2015_EN)

Le rapport fournit un résumé exhaustif des données statistiques  de l’industrie apicole canadienne. Il contient des tableaux et des graphiques sur la production canadienne de miel, le nombre d’apiculteurs et de colonies d’abeilles, les revenus, consommation et échanges commerciaux.

Quelques faits saillants du rapport sont :

  • Les  colonies d’abeilles domestiques sont à leur plus grand nombre depuis des décennies, soit une augmentation de 4 % par rapport à 2014 à 720 000 en 2015.
  • La valeur du miel produit au Canada a atteint environ 232 M$ en 2015, soit une augmentation de 11% par rapport à 2014.
  • Le total des exportations du miel canadien a atteint 65 M$ en 2015, contre 48 M$ en alors que les importations ont augmenté de 32 M$ en 2014 à 41 M$ en 2015.

Les sources principales utilisées dans la préparation de ce document sont Statistique Canada et Global Trade Tracker.

Le rapport sera disponible en ligne sous peu, mais en attendant, des copies peuvent être demandées par courriel à horticultureAAFC-AAC@agr.gc.ca.

Honey Product Trends in Canada 2016 AAFC

Honey Product Trends in Canada (AAFC – 2016)

Stats Canada 2016 honey production numbers 


The total value of honey produced in Canada fell from $210.5 million in 2015 to $157.8 million in 2016, a decrease of 25.0%.

The decline in value was attributable to the lower prices received at farmgate. Alberta, the largest honey producing province, saw honey value decline 32.8%. In Manitoba, the value was down 35.2%.

Production reached 92.2 million pounds in 2016, compared with 92.0 million pounds in 2015. The number of colonies increased 3.3% from 2015 to 750,155. On average, each colony had a yield of 123 pounds of honey, 4 pounds less than in 2015.

There were 9,859 beekeepers in 2016, 1,244 more than in 2015.

Sales of honey

$157.8 million



(annual change)

Stats Canada 2015 honey production numbers


Canadian beekeepers produced 95.3 million pounds of honey in 2015, up 11.4% from 2014. There were 8,533 beekeepers in 2015, 365 less than in 2014.

Chart 1  Chart 1: Production of honey
Production of honey

The total value of honey rose 10.9% from 2014 to $232.0 million as a result of increased production. The average price of honey was stable at $2.43 per pound.

On average, each colony had a yield of 132 pounds of honey, 9 pounds more than in 2014.

The number of colonies rose 3.6% from 696,252 to 721,106. This increase was attributable to favourable weather conditions that reduced winter losses, particularly in the Prairie provinces.

Honey production in Alberta, the top producer in Canada, was 42.8 million pounds, up 20.4% from 35.5 million pounds in 2014. Yields rose from 125 pounds per colony to 145 pounds.

In Saskatchewan, honey production increased from 16.5 million pounds in 2014 to 18.8 million pounds in 2015, as a result of more colonies and higher yields.

In Manitoba, although yields were lower, production rose from 14.1 million pounds in 2014 to 16.0 million pounds. This increase was attributable to more honey-producing colonies in the province in 2015.

New – 2016 CAPA statement on Honey Bee Colony Losses in Canada

Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists Statement on Honey Bee Wintering Losses in Canada (2015)