Health Canada to Hold Public Consultation on Losses in Honey Bee Colonies

September 16, 2013

September 16th, 2013

Health Canada to Hold Public Consultation on Losses in Honey Bee Colonies

Ottawa, ON – Recently, Health Canada published a Notice of Intent with the purpose of soliciting comments on Health Canada’s intended measures to mitigate risks to pollinators, related to the use of neonicotinoid treated corn and soybean seed.

This comes as welcome news to Larry Miller, MP for Bruce-Grey-Owen Sound, as earlier this year he called on Health Canada to conduct a study and develop a plan to reduce the risk to pollinators.

In the spring of 2013, the Government was made aware of record losses in honey bee colonies in parts of Quebec and Southwestern Ontario. In his role as Chair of the Standing Committee on Agriculture and Agri-Food in 2012, Miller called for a Committee study to be conducted wherein the Committee heard from local apiarists, industry officials and other stakeholders.

“I am very happy that Health Canada will be holding these consultations and will be hearing from concerned Canadians. This is an issue that is very important to the Bruce-Grey areas as we can see from the losses in colonies at our local apiaries,” said Miller. “Earlier this year I wrote to the Minister urging her to look further into this issue and am very pleased that action has been taken. I strongly encourage all interested individuals, organizations, and community groups to voice their concerns to Health Canada.”

The public consultations will be open for a 90-day period. To participate in these consultations please visit the website listed below and fill out the form entitled “Consultation Document”. The deadline for documents to be submitted is December 12th, 2013.

Health Canada will make the results of the consultation open on their website. For more information and to participate in the discussion please visit;