Production Insurance
Bee Health


​​​​​​​​Eligibility requirements are set to ensure that hives meet minimum health standards, to ensure colony health and survivability. Mite levels, strong colonies in the fall, and overwintering of hives are key to ensuring colony health and survivability during the winter months. For full details, read theCommodity-Specific Terms: Bee Health. If you have any questions, please contact us. We're here to help.

To be eligible for the bee health plan:

  • Register all of your beeyard locations under the Bees Act with the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA) annually. For more information, call 1-877-424-1300.
  • Have a minimum of 50 colonies that overwinter in Ontario.
  • Insure all of your eligible colonies.
  • Meet all plan deadlines and follow the eligibility requirements for your colonies and hives listed in the Commodity-Specific Terms: Bee Health.
  • Meet the minimum standard for eligible frames.
  • Follow good colony management p​ractices​.

Insurable colonies​

To be eligible for coverage under the bee health plan, colonies must meet the following criteria:

  • Hive structures must, at a minimum, consist of a standard Langstroth beehive with movable frames, with at least one full-depth brood chamber
  • Colony must be queenright
  • An eligible frame is a frame with at least 2/3 of the cells on each side filled with brood and/or eggs and/or live bees
  • Minimum number of eligible frames per hive by type of brood chamber:
    Minimum​ number
    of eligible frames
    Double or triple12

Maintaining your coverage

To ensure that you're always covered:

  • If you notice damaged or lost colonies at any time, contact Agricorp to file a damage report.
  • Notify Agricorp at least five business days before you unwrap or open hives that have been overwintered outdoors, or before you remove hives from indoor storage.
  • Contact Agricorp before you move or clean up dead colonies.
  • Contact Agricorp if your business structure changes, including name, address, shareholders or management practice changes.
  • Report your colony inventory as requested by Agricorp in the spring.
  • Continue to meet all other eligibility criteria.​

Opening hives

Your coverage under the Bee health plan begins on November 1, 2020 and ends either on May 15, 2021 or when you:

  • Open or unwrap your hives that have been overwintered outdoors.
  • Move your hives that have been overwintered indoors outside.  

Hives may be opened to feed your bees. This does not end your coverage.

For your continued eligibility, you must contact Agricorp five days prior to opening your hives in case an adjuster needs to be present to assess your hives and check for any damage.​

​Good colony management resource list

Good colony management practices are approved methods or techniques for managing your colonies. The following is a list of resources that you can use to find more information about good colony management practices:

  • Commodity-Specific Terms: Bee Health
  • OMAFRA's Best Management Practices (BMP) for Ontario Beekeepers in Advance of Winter
  • The OMAFRA apiary program
  • The Ontario Beekeepers' Association Technology Transfer program
  • The University of Guelph Townsend House Honey Bee Research Centre
  • Federal and provincial extension staff, technical consultants, industry representatives, and local agri-business personnel

Canadian Agricultural Partnership – Agricorp – Ontario – Canada