2015 Ontario Honey production results disappoint

Statistics Canada released their honey statistics report for 2015, which reveals a drop in Ontario honey production, number of beekeepers and bee colonies. This is very disappointing, especially compared to the gains made elsewhere in Canada.

“According to the report:

  • Ontario’s honey production is down from 2014 by 11.1% compared to an overall increase of 11.4% for Canada.
  • This roughly corresponds to a decrease in colony numbers of 10.3% in Ontario. Canada-wide figures show an overall increase in colonies of 3.6%.
  • Average per colony production remains flat in Ontario at 93 pounds, down slightly from 93.8 in 2014.
  • Average production per colony, Canada-wide, increased from 122.8 in 2014 to 132 in 2015, an increase of 7.5%
  • The number of beekeepers in Ontario is down 21.5%, from 3,262 in 2014 to 2,562 in 2015.

Variations can, and do, occur year over year within and between provinces. Although we are looking closely at these figures, we are not making any assumptions at this point about either their validity or significance. Ontario’s beekeeping industry is unusual in that we have many beekeepers  – over 30% of Canada’s total – but 80% of the colonies are managed by only 20% of beekeepers.”

Information provided by the Ontario Beekeepers Association: www.ontariobee.com.