Honey Bee Health Management

ClosedOpens Sept. 3, 2019

Stream: Producer



Projects will focus on equipment, new construction or modifications to existing beekeeping equipment, as well as adopting or implementing practices to prevent the introduction and spread of honey bee pests and disease within a beekeeping operation.

Who should apply?

Ontario beekeepers holding a valid certificate of registration, issued under the Bees Act, for the current beekeeping season

To apply you must have

Ten (10) or more colonies registered with the Provincial Apiarist for the current beekeeping season

Eligible activities and expenditures

Operational improvements for the purpose of reducing biosecurity risks, overwinter loss and to manage or prevent the introduction and spread of honey bee pests and disease, including but not limited to:

  • Hive health management to a limit of $750 in cost-share funding:
    • Baseline laboratory testing at a recognized facility for disease (e.g., Nosema, tracheal mites) as part of a disease management plan
    • Testing (e.g., Pettis testing) at a recognized facility for determining varroa mite resistance to conventional treatments
    • Field testing for hygienic behaviour or other beneficial traits in managed honey bees
  • Purchase of equipment necessary to improve hive health management practices
    • Purchase of new beekeeping equipment and modifications to hive management systems, including:
      • Winter wraps to a limit of $2,000 in cost-share funding
      • Indoor overwintering facilities
    • Purchase of equipment, new construction or modifications to a honey house to make it bee tight, improve biosecurity, improve cleaning and disinfecting practices, and prevent robbing
    • Replacing old brood comb with new, disease-free comb to reduce biosecurity risks
    • Installing pest control devices or deterrents such as small hive beetle traps or purchasing pest monitoring equipment such as diagnostic test kits, varroa mite shakers or a microscope for disease monitoring onsite to a limit of $500 in cost-share funding
    • Purchase of equipment, new construction or modifications to facilities for freezing honey bee equipment or processing wax to mitigate the introduction, spread and impact of pests such as small hive beetle and wax moth

Ineligible activities and expenditures

  • Activities and expenditures as detailed here
  • Fencing or demarcation of parts of the operation that are not subject to biosecurity measures or protocols
  • Washers, dryers, furniture or equipment for transition areas that are not directly related to biosecurity
  • Modifications related to increasing production, health and safety requirements or reasons not directly related to improving biosecurity
  • Ongoing consumables (e.g., disposable coveralls, boot covers, gloves, masks, disinfectant, soap, bait)
  • Purchase of sealed containers or bins to store bagged or loose feed securely, or modifications/repairs to existing feed or bedding storages
  • Modifications and repairs as part of routine maintenance (e.g., replacing old surfaces with the same material; replacing/repairing doors; repairs to roof, exterior walls or foundation; fencing)
  • Multipurpose items (e.g., tractors)
  • General clothing and equipment for use in the restricted access zone (RAZ) or controlled access points (CAPs) (e.g., coveralls, boots, buckets, brushes)
  • Establishing a water source (e.g., drilling a well, accessing a municipal water supply or irrigation pond)
  • Time to complete cleaning/disinfecting activities
  • Training, materials and skills development projects that fulfill any academic requirements towards the completion of a professional certificate, diploma or degree program
  • Professional services not directly related to the eligible activity
  • Ongoing routine activities, such as:
    • Sampling and testing costs to maintain or monitor health status
    • Sampling and testing costs to determine annual requirements for animal nutrient control (e.g., feeding programs)
    • Diagnostic and treatment costs (e.g., costs of medications, vaccinations, post-mortems)
    • Repeat services for the same operation or farm property (premise)

Available cost-share

50 per cent, up to a maximum of $3,500 per business, for all cost-share funding paid under the Targeted Intake to Support Managed Bee Health

Required documentation

  • Valid certificate of registration issued under the Bees Act, for the current beekeeping season
  • Quotes or proposals for all activities to support costs

Merit assessment criteria

  • Commodity-Specific Targeting – targeting commercial beekeepers and bee breeders and producers
  • Size of Operation – priority given to beekeepers with the largest number of colonies
  • Identified Level of Risk – priority given to proposals that will have the greatest impact based on risk of spread or introduction of pests/disease
  • Geographic Location – priority given to operations located in remote areas (e.g., Northern Ontario)

Other useful information

The following exceptions are in place for applicants and projects submitted under the Targeted Intake to Support Managed Bee Health:

  • Applicants are not required to have a Premises Identification Number for the farm property where the project is to take place
  • The maximum amount of in-kind payment for labour and equipment is $500

See other eligible activities and expenditures under funding for Advancing Beekeeper Business Capacity

What's Next?

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Program Requirements


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Edit date: August 7, 2019

Need Help?

For assistance with the Online Program Guide, please contact the Agricultural Information Contact Centre – Mon. to Fri., 8 am – 5 pm, 1-877-424-1300 or ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca