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Beekeeping in Ontario Resources

If you're interested in becoming a beekeeper or are already keeping bees, we've put together a list of resources to help you in your beekeeping journey

Registering your Beehives in Ontario

If you keep bees or used beekeeping equipment in Ontario, you need a valid certificate of registration from the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Learn more at:

Requirements for selling Beehives and Used Beekeeping Equipment in Ontario

If you sell bees, beehives, or used beekeeping equipment, you need a selling permit or a queen and nuc permit issued by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA). Learn more at:

Ontario Apiary Program

For information on Ontario Beekeeping Regulations & Honey Regulations, as well as best practices for managing Honeybee Health, visit

Ontario Beekeepers Association

The Ontario Beekeepers Association works to ensure a thriving and sustainable beekeeping industry in Ontario. To this end, we advocate for beekeepers’ interests, support honey bee health research and deliver practical training and information. They offer courses, resources, meetings, beekeeping insurance, etc.  Learn more at:

Where to Buy Bees

The Ontario Beekeepers Association has information on how and where to buy bees in Ontario that you can find here:

The Ontario Resistant Honey Bee Selection Program (ORHBS) is a collaboration between the Ontario Bee Breeders Association and the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association’s Technology Transfer Program. There are many traits that ORHBS breeders select for, but the main goal of this province-wide bee breeding program is to select for pest and disease resistant honey bees.  A list of ORHBS breeders can be found here:


In addition, here is a map of local nuc supplies in Eastern Ontario and Western Quebec, created by Marc Patry.  Please note that transport of bees between provinces requires an import permit. This map is not managed by the EOBA

Other Local Associations, Facebook Groups, ETC.

Other Resources

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