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Bee Health Roundtable

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In addition to honey production, honey bees play a vital pollination role in the yield and quality of Canadian crop production. With a goal to ensure a sustainable future for both beekeeping and crop agriculture, the Bee Health Roundtable was established to provide a national dialogue to identify actions to be taken to address risks and opportunities related to bee health. This roundtable is intended to complement, but not duplicate, work already underway at the provincial level and within and between industry sectors.

Bee health is a multi-dimensional, complex issue and is affected by many factors including:

Evidence suggests that bees are increasingly stressed by combinations of these factors so solutions require coordinated, multi-faceted, multi-jurisdictional, science-based approaches. Individual additional contributions to bee health are being provided by researchers, governments, and the apiculture and agriculture value chains.

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Working groups

Some working groups facilitate a variety of research projects, and others provide best management practices for beekeepers. This roundtable has eight working groups that are very active throughout the year:

  1. Varroa Mite Control
  2. Control of Pesticide Exposure
  3. Minor Use
  4. Research
  5. Communications
  6. Habitat and Surroundings
  7. Nutrition
  8. Best Management Practices (BMPs)

Upcoming meeting

The next Roundtable meeting will take place in 2020.

Meeting summary





Provincial governments

Federal government


Honey Bee Best Management Practices

This project addresses the need for a single compendium of BMPs for maintaining healthy honey bees. Organizations that may have BMPs related to bee health include the Pest Management Regulatory Agency, Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada, the Canadian Food Inspection Agency, the provincial and territorial Ministries of Agriculture, crop insurance programs, and federal and provincial beekeeping associations.
Author: Canadian Honey Council
Date: March 2015

Roundtable research reports are available by special request by writing to The Industry Engagement Division reserves the right to withhold documents that contain sensitive or proprietary information.

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