COVID-19 – Packages and Queens

Consolidation of posts from main COVID-19

Packages and Queens


NEW *** April 9, 2020 – 4:00 pm (MDT)

COVID-19 Weekly Information Update / Mise a jour de la semaine – AAFC  (April 9, 2020)

Weekly information update – Mise a jour de la semaine- AAFC, April 9, 2020 (en & fr)

April 1, 2020 – 10:00 am (MDT)

Work is continuing on this issue.  Further updates will be provided as soon as available.

California/Hawaiian Queens

The breeders have good stock and are preparing for their first loads. Since Air Canada has ceased carrying livestock alternate plans for Kona Queens have had to be put in place. Currently, we do not think there will be an issue, but that can change. We are working in cooperation with a lot of other industry participants on alternate plans should there be an issue in the delivery of queens from these locations.

Packages/ Queens from outside the USA

Again, Air Canada disruption of services has created a myriad of issues. Certain Australian beekeeping operations have closed down. Flights between Canada, Australia, New Zealand and Europe are drastically reduced. The Government is assisting us in trying to find solution as these commercial operations are extremely important to our food security.

It is more difficult to provide exact information in stock replacement area since most of the activity is an one-off.   We will continue to keep everyone updated as things progress.