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Ontario Supporting Pollinator Health Research

Province Calling for Research Proposals to Better Understand and Manage Pollinator Health

Ontario is continuing its work to protect pollinators and ensure a sustainable food supply, resilient ecosystems and a strong economy for the province by supporting innovative pollinator health research.

The province is seeking proposals for honey bee health research projects, and will provide support for projects that increase knowledge about the stressors that influence honey bee health as well as ways to improve prevention and pollinator loss recovery efforts.

Applications for research proposals are now open, and successful projects will address topics such as the following:

  • The impact of breeding and genetics on resistance to pests and pathogens
  • The effect of high pathogen loads on honey bee health
  • How pathogens impact the development of bee colony damage and disease
  • The effectiveness of current pest and disease management strategies in Ontario's beekeeping sector

Pollinators are essential to the province's agriculture and ecosystems, and more than one third of our diet comes directly or indirectly from insect-pollinated plants. Supporting this research is just one part of the province's efforts to promote a healthy pollinator population in the province.

Supporting pollinator health is part of our plan to create jobs, grow our economy and help people in their everyday lives.

Quick Facts

  • Ontario is investing $1 million to support this pollinator health research.
  • You can help! Check out the Pollinator Health Action Plan for ways to get involved and help pollinators thrive. The submission deadline for project proposals is Wednesday, June 28, 2017, at noon.
  • For more information about the program and the application process, please visit our website. The previous 2013–2014 New Directions Research Program focused on effect of exposure to agricultural pesticides and other factors on honey bee colony health.
  • The province provided the Ontario Beekeepers’ Association with a grant of $75,000 under Growing Forward 2, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative, to target efforts to improve education and outreach including the development of courses on best management practices.

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“We all have a role to play in helping support pollinator health in Ontario. A collaborative approach is at the core of our efforts to protect pollinators. Our government is pleased to be funding this important research that will provide the vital information needed to help support a healthy pollinator population.”

Jeff Leal

Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs and Minister Responsible for Small Business

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