Canadian Bee Research Fund

Canadian Bee Research Fund

(updated October 26, 2020)

The Canadian Bee Research Fund (CBRF) was established to counteract the problems caused by severe reductions in federal and provincial funding for honey bee research. It is a joint project of the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists and the Canadian Honey Council. The Board of Directors is comprised of four members, two from CAPA and two from CHC. The Canadian Honey Council takes direction from the CBRF board of directors and administers the fund as required.

The CBRF has been set up as a long-term endowment fund. Interest generated by the CBRF is made available for annual grants. Beekeepers direct the type of research that they want to support. The CBRF is entirely supported by donations from the apiculture industry and is a unique partnership between CAPA researchers and CHC members.

AS Atwal Graduate Scholarship in Bee Research ($2500)

Application Guidelines for Canadian Bee Research Fund – Who can apply

Application Guidelines for Canadian Bee Research Fund

Selection Criteria


Send application documents, via email, by Dec 15 to:

Dr. Marta Guarna

Chairperson CBRF


Save Our Bees

Bee health is an growing public concern and more and more attention is being put on finding solutions to mitigate losses. According to the Canadian Association of Provincial Apiculturists statement on honey bee losses in Canada:

The national winter loss was 25.1% with provincial values ranging from 13.2% to 41.8%. The overall national colony loss reported in 2017 is in the middle of reported losses since 2006/2007. Despite higher than normal wintering losses during recent years, Canadian beekeepers have been successfully able to replace their annual dead colonies and increase the number of colonies. They increased the number of bee colonies from 589,254 in 2007 to 750,155 in 2016. This represents an increase of the total number of bee colonies by 27.3% during this period in Canada. The level of winter loss varied among provinces, regions within each province and from beekeeper to beekeeper within each region.

We don’t think about the tiny honeybee very often. But it’s quickly making big headlines around the world! The honeybee is the cornerstone of the environment and is critical to our food supply around the world. Scientists from the U.S.A. to France and Spain and all the way to U.K. and China are trying to solve the mystery of what’s causing the disappearance of the honey bee. Your help is needed to help our pollinators. Corporate and individual donations are very much appreciated … and we need you to help Save Our Bees. All funds (100%) donated to Save our Bees are deposited into the Canadian Bee Research Fund, a registered charity that distributes funds for bee health research.

We encourage you to to learn more and help get behind this important initiative. Contributions can be made by clicking on the “donate” button using credit card or Paypal.

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