More Information

Below is a list of useful resources, includes links to pollinator vendors and pesticide information sites. Mention of a company or product is not intended as an endorsement.


See also the Glossary for a definition of the botanical terms used in this website.



Bees Act - Search "bees act" for the latest consolidation on the Government of Ontarios E-laws website:

Honey Bee Registration Form. Under the Bees Act, anyone keeping honey bees must register them with the Provincial Apiarist of Ontario

Pollination & Agricultural Conservation

Alternative Land Use Services (ALUS) is a grower-managed organization the encourages and provides funding and information for on-farm conservation projects, including pollination conservation (currently active in Norfolk County)

The Ontario Horticultural Association has created a guide to creating pollinator friendly patches, including a list of garden centres in Ontario which supply native plants.

Canadian Pollination Initiative (NSERC-CANPOLIN) is a strategic network investigating all aspects of pollination in Canada

International Bee Research Association (IBRA) is an international non-profit organization that collects and distributes information on all species of bees

North American Pollinator Protection Campaign (NAPPC) is a non-profit organization for pollinator conservation in Canada, the United States, and Mexico

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs information resource on apiculture

Pollination Canada is a non-profit citizen science organization devoted to pollinator conservation in Canada

The Xerces Society is an international non-profit organization devoted to conservation of invertebrates and their habitat

Beekeeper & Grower Organizations

Canadian Honey Council (CHC) is the national organization of the beekeeping and honey processing industries

Canadian Association of Professional Apiculturists (CAPA) is the professional society of the Canadian beekeeping industry

Ontario Beekeepers Association is the professional society of the Ontario beekeeping industry

Apimondia is the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations and other organisations working within the apiculture sector

Mid-Atlantic Apiculture Research and Extension Consortium (MAAREC) is an apicultural and pollination extension organization, serving the states of , with lots of useful links and information

Ontario Berry Growers Association

Ontario Federation of Agriculture (OFA) is a professional and advocacy organization for Ontario's farmers

Ontario Fruit and Vegetable Growers' Association (OFVGA)

Ontario Greenhouse Vegetable Growers (OGVG)

Ontario Processing Vegetable Growers (OPVG)

The Society of Ontario Nut Growers

Vendors - Managed Pollinators

BeeDiverse is a vendor of mason bees for tree fruit pollination, ands sell domiciles and other accessories (British Columbia)

BioBest sells a variety of biocontrol and pollination products, including bumble bee colonies (Bombus impatiens)

Crown Bees is a mason bee resource. Also contains information about the Orchard Bee Association (Washington State)

Koppert Biological Systems is a vendor of a variety of horticultural products, including managed pollinators such as bumble bees (Bombus impatiens, sold as Natupol®) and blow flies (sold as Natufly®)

Information about and vendors of alfalfa leafcutter bees

Pollinator Paradise sells alternative managed pollinators and accessories, and consults on issues of their use (Idaho)

Sask Leafcutters Association provides information about alfalfa seed production and management of alfalfa leafcutter bees

Vendors - Accessories

FirmYield Pollen (seller of Bee Booster pollen dispensers)

Contech are producers of FruitBoost and SuperBoost honey bee pheromone analogues, in addition to other products

Other Useful Information        

Extension publications and recent news relating to bees, beekeeping, and pollination

Koppert Side Effects database, describes beneficial insects and their compatibility with various pesticides

The Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs has information on analysis of honey bees for pesticide residues.

Pesticide registration in Canada is federally regulated by the Pest Management Regulatory Agency (PMRA). A list of pesticides registered in Canada, together with links to registration information.

The Ontario Ministry of the Environment also maintains a site allowing online access to information about registered pesticides, including the PMRA label database.

Health Canada has a useful fact sheet on Pollinator Protection and Responsible Use of Treated Seed which was issued in response to the large number bee kills that occurred in Ontario in 2012.

The Xerces Society has recently published a comprehensive review of the documented effects of neonicotinoids on bees.

The Pollinator Garden gives ideas to construct your own wild bee "hotels"