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Latest funding to benefit bee health in B.C.

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Agriculture, Food and Fisheries

Latest funding to benefit bee health in B.C.

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Jill Hunt
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
778 676-4460
Media Contacts
Jill Hunt
Government Communications and Public Engagement
Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Fisheries
778 676-4460

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Facts about bees in B.C.
  • Since launching in 2018, Bee BC has contributed almost $280,000 to 62 projects through five rounds of funding.
  • The last round allotted almost $100,000 for 24 projects.
  • Bee BC is a four-year, $400,000 provincial program investing in bee health each fiscal year.
  • May 29, 2020, was proclaimed Day of the Honey Bee in B.C.
  • As crop pollinators and honey producers, honeybees and native pollinators have a critical role in B.C.’s sustainable food system, contributing an estimated $538 million to the provincial economy.
  • In 2019, bees in B.C. produced more than 1,770 kilograms of honey, a 24% increase from 2018.
  • There were 55,781 colonies in the province, and more than a quarter of Canada’s beekeepers reside in B.C.

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