Ontario’s beekeepers to lose their bee licences
Ontario beekeepers are set to lose the right to apply for bee energy management certificates, as a provincial government review of bee-friendly policies is expected to recommend.
The province’s beekeeping industry is struggling under the new bee regulations, which were enacted by the provincial government last summer.
The move is meant to combat a declining honeybee population in Ontario.
But Ontario’s Beekeepers Association says it is not the bee industry’s fault, and that the province is simply attempting to regulate bee-related activities in a manner that suits beekeeping’s economic interests.
In a statement to the Star, Beekeepers Ontario, the association representing beekeepers, said it will file a legal challenge to the Bee Act.
The group is also asking the Ontario government to reconsider the regulations and the bee act.
“This is an important issue for beekeepers who are looking for an environmentally friendly way to manage their own bee population, as well as the health and welfare of all Ontario honeybees,” Beekeepers spokesman Ben Poulson said.
The Bee Act requires Ontario beekeeper organizations to obtain a licence for the use of their products, but beekeepers cannot own the product or operate a beekeeping operation without a licence.
Beekeepers also cannot use pesticides or other toxic chemicals without a specific licence.
In the beekeeping world, Beekeeper Association Canada has been lobbying for changes in the bee legislation to protect the bee population and the health of honeybees.