General Beekeeping Resources
For a complete list of beekeeper resources, please go to the OBA page: https://www.ontariobee.com/outreach
For industry resources, visit here: https://www.ontariobee.com/bee-industry-info/industry-information
Education and Training
The following resources are recommended for all beekeepers in Ontario. They are from reputable sources, science-based, and have proven to be successful in the province. Be wary of sources that recommend practices contradictory to those recommended here as they may not be relevant to beekeeping in Ontario.
OMAFRA Apiary Program: Government regulations and information regarding apiculture in Ontario
Ontario Beekeepers’ Association’s (OBA) Technology Transfer Program: The tech transfer program conducts research for Ontario’s beekeeping industry, facilitates a honey bee breeding program in Ontario and works to transfer information, skills and methodologies to beekeepers.
University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre: This centre hosts a number of educational events for University students and the public.
Niagara College Commercial Beekeeping Course: This college offers many post secondary apiculture training courses.
A number of Reference Manuals can be obtained from the Ontario Beekeepers Association www.ontariobee.com/outreach/manuals-books-dvds
Ontario Beekeeping Manual
Integrated Pest Management for Beekeeping in Ontario
Ontario Introductory Queen Rearing Manual
Elemental Genetics and Breeding for the Honey Bee by Ernesto Guzman-Novoa, University of Guelph Honey Bee Research Centre
Honey Bee Diseases and Pests by the Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists
Additionally, you can access a .pdf of this informative resource from the Honey Council of Canada:
- Canadian Best Management Practices for Honey Bee Health by Les Eccles, Melanie Kempers, Raquel Mijares Gonzalez, Daniel Thurston and Dan Borges.
OMAFRA’s Apiary Program has links to numerous info sheets, recommendations, and updates: www.omafra.gov.on.ca/english/food/inspection/bees/apicultu.html#infosheets
OBA’s Tech Transfer Program: www.ontariobee.com/outreach/fact-sheets-and-publications
Beekeeping Courses / Workshops
Many opportunities exist to pursue continuous learning through study of reputable sources of information specific to Ontario apiculture. It is important to stay up-to-date as information changes, new pests and diseases emerge, and new management solutions or science become available.
Technology Transfer Program (OBA):
- Apiculture 101 ONLINE www.ontariobee.com/outreach/workshops/apiology101
- Basic Beekeeping: An Introduction to honey bees, basic colony management, honey production www.ontariobee.com/outreach/workshops/springworkshops
University of Guelph – In field workshops and Youtube training videos:
For more advanced studies in Beekeeping:
Technology Transfer Program (OBA)
- Queen Rearing & Advanced or Commercial Beekeeping courses:): www.ontariobee.com/outreach/workshops/oba-ttp-further-advanced-beekeeping-workshops
- Commercial beekeeping: www.niagaracollege.ca/environment-horticulture-studies/programs/commercial-beekeeping/
University of Guelph:
- Post secondary apiculture studies: www.uoguelph.ca/honeybee/education-apiculture.shtml
- General interest courses: www.algonquincollege.com/ccol/courses/the-urban-beekeeper/