The Bee BC Program will enhance bee health throughout the province of British Columbia. Bee health is important, not only for the production of honey, but also for the contribution that bees make to the pollination of many crop species and to the wider environment.
The five-year $475,000 provincial program will support small scale regional/community-based projects to research, explore, field-test and share information about best management practices associated with bee health in British Columbia.
The program will enhance bee health related activities and enhance information sharing amongst beekeepers.
The program provides up to $7,000 of grant funding per project. For this intake, program funding is available to successful applicants from August 1, 2022 through February 28, 2023. Project activities outside this time frame will not be considered. It is expected that participants will contribute a minimum of 20 percent towards the total cost of the project, in-kind contributions are eligible.
Note: Beekeeping (having an apiary, owning, transporting bees or beehives) is a regulated activity under the Animal Health Act and there are registration requirements. See here for the Bee Regulations in the Animal Health Act.