Bee Health in Western Canada

Canola and bees today: co-existing very well

In the past decade, the number of honeybees in Canada has increased to near-record levels
In 2015, there were more than 722,000 honeybee colonies Canada-wide – up from 600,000 in 2000.[1] More than 70 per cent of these colonies are in Western Canada, where canola production has also grown dramatically.

The health of hives in Western Canada remains high as these two industries grow in close proximity
The overwhelming majority of beekeepers have reported no concerns with canola production practices, and canola growers know it is in their best interest to protect this mutually beneficial relationship.

Bees are not affected by treated canola seed
There has been no evidence that planting canola seed treated with an insecticide places pollinators at risk. Seed treatments used for canola remain on the seed and are not released as dust into the air, and field studies show no chronic or acute poisonings from seed treatments when analyzed at field scale rates.[2]

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[1]  Statistics Canada Cansim Table 001-007

[2]  Cutler, C., and Scott-Dupree, CD. 2007. Exposure to Clothianidin Seed-Treated Canola Has No Long-Term Impact on Honey Bees G. J. Econ. Entomol. 100(3): 765-772</p