The Ontario Beekeepers’ Association is asking the province’s new agriculture minister to review support programs to help beekeepers recover hive numbers in light of historically high losses.
The group cited a report from the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists that said as many as 46 per cent of Ontario honey bee colonies did not survive the winter.
That survey showed Ontario beekeepers suffered the highest over-winter losses among all Canadian provinces.
The beekeepers’ group is urging Ontario Agriculture Minister Ernie Hardeman to move forward with better enforcement of Class 12 legislation to reduce the overuse of the neonicotinoid pesticides.
The group says the pesticides are devastating honey bee colonies in many parts of Ontario.