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Advancing Beekeeper Business Capacity


50 per cent, up to a maximum of $3,500 per business, for all cost-share funding paid under the Targeted Intake to Support Managed Bee Health


Advancing Beekeeper Business Capacity  program aims to diversify and build beekeeper business capacity through support for: bee breeding for pest/disease resistance; development or marketing of niche/retail products; or pollination services expansion.

Eligible Applicants

Ontario beekeepers holding a valid certificate of registration, issued under the Bees Act, for the current beekeeping season who wish to significantly increase their sales by developing new products or processes, or who wish to increase their sales in the Canadian market by implementing a comprehensive business or marketing plan.

Eligible Expenses

  • Establishing Domestically Raised Disease Resistant Honey Bee Colonies, including:
    • Purchase of domestic and documented disease-free honey bee stock, such as:
      • Hygienic/tracheal mite resistant queens and queen cells to a limit of $30 in cost-share funding per registered colony
      • Bee packages and nucleus colonies
    • Costs associated with workshops or courses for breeding bees for pest/disease resistance or developing recognized Ontario stock, excluding field testing for hygienic behaviour or other beneficial traits in managed honey bees to a limit of $200 in cost-share funding (see funding for Honey Bee Health Management)
  • Implementing a comprehensive marketing plan to retain, expand and/or access new markets in Canada
    • Implementation of a business or marketing plan to expand or maintain domestic market access, or access a new market within Canada, that may include:
      • Brand development
      • Focus group and/or consumer studies
      • In-market product demonstrations
      • Promotional material development
      • Product introduction campaigns for markets
      • Sales, marketing and promotional activities
      • Specially produced product samples (not from normal production) for market research, tradeshow or specific events (e.g., lab or pilot samples made specifically for marketing purposes)
      • Packaging design
    • Shipping costs for tradeshow product samples that are not intended for resale
    • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project
  • Developing products or processes to significantly increase sales and retain or grow an existing market or access a new market:
    • Third-party advisory costs for product and process development activities, which may include:
      • Regulatory review
      • Ingredient, material or packaging sourcing
      • Formulation development
      • Process development
      • Scale-up trials
      • Shelf life determination
      • Testing or analysis to verify and complement the development process, including nutritional, microbial, chemical, allergen or sensory/consumer
      • Product physical testing
      • Packaging-related activities, including testing to ensure compatibility with product
      • Labelling development and design for marketing purposes
      • Labelling development to ensure compliance with regulations
    • Capital expenses and installation or configuration costs related to:
      • Acquiring new processing equipment and technology
      • Retrofitting or modifying existing processing equipment and technology, and/or software systems in support of the development of new value-added agri-food/agricultural products (including equipment to package and label products)
    • First-time training of key personnel on new, project-related equipment, technology and processes (e.g., train the trainer) related to value-added agri-food/agricultural products
    • One-time costs for rental of facilities, processing equipment or machinery required specifically for the project

Deadline Date



Contact Name: Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs

Phone Number: 1-877-424-1300

E-mail Address:


Industry: Agriculture, Location: Ontario ,
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