Colony management and information

Management publications

Recommendations for Management of Honey Bee Pests in Alberta 2018-2019 (PDF, 612 KB)

Beekeeping in Western Canada includes information about getting started in beekeeping, spring management of bees, winter feeding, honey extraction, honey bee health, and marketing your beeswax, pollen and honey crops. Copies of this book may be purchased by:

Honey Bee Diseases & Pests Third Edition

The Small Hive Beetle (a UK National Bee Unit Publication)

Bee Health app

The Bee Health app is based on current scientific knowledge to address honey bee diseases and pests. It is a handy resource to help beekeepers and other users to detect, diagnose, manage and treat honey bee diseases and pests. It includes pictures and treatment options which will aid beekeepers in adopting appropriate pest management practices. Thus, beekeepers can improve bee health and enhance on-farm food safety and biosecurity practices in their operations. Download the Bee Health app.

Beekeeper information

Provincial apiculturist annual reports

Economics and surveys

Alberta's industry

National industry statistics

Alberta beekeeper annual survey

To address some of the data gaps and information needs of the beekeeping industry in Alberta, each year the Statistics and Data Development Branch conducts a survey of beekeepers in the province. In particular, the survey is used to assist in the generation of provincial and regional estimates for selected honey variables (for example, colony numbers, yield, production).


Apimondia 2019
Date: September 8 to 12, 2019

Join the International Federation of Beekeepers’ Associations in Montreal for a 5-day convention for scientists, technicians and honey traders.

Additional resources

Beekeeping groups/associations

Need a swarm removed? Contact your local beekeeping association.

Federal bodies

Honey bee laboratory testing facilities

Other related organizations/websites




To connect with the bee team:


Crop Diversification Centre North
17507 Fort Road
Edmonton, Alberta T5Y 6H3



Lethbridge Research Centre
100, 5401 1 Avenue South
Lethbridge, Alberta T1J 4V6