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 (CHC). Currently, the CHC membership consists of representatives of Provincial Associations with the total number of beekeepers at approximately 10,000 managing over 750,000 colonies.

Hivelights Summer 2020 Newsletter


Coronavirus Disease  (COVID-19)


NEW – last updated 2020-08-10 – see below

Maintaining and supporting our beekeeping industry is crucial/critical during this time.

The Canadian Honey Council is closely monitoring developments as they impact our industry. We are working in close liaison with the Canadian Government, provincial/territorial governments, and provincial bee associations to gather and share information and develop strategies for dealing with the emergent issues in our industry.

This site will be updated with the most recent information, developments and direction being provided as quickly as they are formalized.

An archive of all updates can be found at http://honeycouncil.ca/chc-news/covid-19/


NEW ***August 10, 2020

COVID-19 Weekly Information Update – August 7/ Mise à jour de la semaine – le 7 août

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We would like to send you a few updates regarding COVID-19 and ask you to share this information in your networks. Please continue to consult the AAFC website regularly for updates.

  1. Important news regarding AAFC research in laboratories, barns and greenhouses
  2. Government of Canada  Essential Services Contingency Reserve (ESCR) NOW OPEN
  3. Canadian Emergency Business Account (CEBA) – New Eligible Non-Deferrable Expense category

Thank you,

Industry Engagement Division   Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada   Government of Canada

COVID-19 Weekly Information Update – August 7 – Mise à jour de la semaine – le 7 août (en)


Nous souhaitons vous faire part de quelques mises à jour concernant la COVID-19 et vous demandons de communiquer ces renseignements dans vos réseaux. Veuillez continuer à consulter régulièrement le site Web d’AAC pour les mises à jour.

  1. Nouvelles importantes concernant la recherche d’AAC dans les laboratoires, les bâtiments agricoles et les serres
  2. La Réserve d’urgence pour les services essentiels (RUSE) du gouvernement du Canada – MAINTENANT OUVERTE
  3. Compte D’urgence Pour Les Entreprises Canadiennes (CUEC) – Nouvelle Catégorie De Dépenses Éligibles Non Reportables


Division de la consultation du secteur  Agriculture et Agroalimentaire Canada   Gouvernement du Canada

COVID-19 Weekly Information Update – August 7 – Mise à jour de la semaine – le 7 août (fr)

……MORE.  An archive of all updates can be found at http://honeycouncil.ca/chc-news/covid-19/

Note: The CHC is providing information and asking question of Federal government departments daily so if you have a question or feel you can provide relevant information that will assist in mitigating some of the problems that the Covid-19 pandemic has created, please do not hesitate to contact the office or channel it through your provincial association.

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