Honeybee Registration Form - Under the Bees Act of Ontario

Section 21 (1) of the Bees Act, R.S.O.1990, Chapter B.6 reads as follows: "No person shall be a beekeeper in Ontario without a certificate of registration issued by the Provincial Apiarist." Beekeeper means a person who owns or is in possession of bees or beekeeping equipment, but does not include a person who is in possession of new beekeeping equipment for the purpose of transportation, distribution or sale or who is a manufacturer of beekeeping equipment. Registration is free.

Please contact apiary@ontario.ca for the Honeybee Registration form in PDF format.

Commercial beekeepers (those beekeepers operating 50 or more colonies) must renew their registration annually.

Beginning 2021, the Ministry moved from an annual registration renewal to a three-year registration renewal frequency for non-commercial (small-scale or hobbyist) beekeepers, which the Ministry considers to be those beekeepers who operate 49 or fewer honey bee colonies.

All beekeepers should notify the Ministry of any changes or additions to their registered yard information (i.e., yard locations, colony numbers, etc.) so that the Apiary Program has accurate information to conduct routine inspections, issue permits, and track pest and disease findings. Any updates to your registered information can be communicated in writing to the Apiary Program by email at apiary@ontario.ca or by mail:

Attn: Apiary Program
Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Animal Health and Welfare Branch
1 Stone Road West, 5th Floor NW
Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2

Online Registration Renewals - Ask OMAFRA Bees Portal

Beekeepers can use the Ask OMAFRA Bees Portal for faster and convenient service to renew their honey bee registrations, apply for permits, view current year inspection reports and active permits, and track the status of applications. Registration renewal years have also been updated in the Bee Portal for client reference.

Ask OMAFRA Bees Portal

Click the link above for more information about the Ask OMAFRA Bees Portal, including step-by-step guides and instructions.

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca