Ontario Honeybee Queen, Nucleus and Colony Producers

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Queen and Nuc Producers
  3. Breeding and Raising Queens
  4. Queens
  5. List of Ontario Queen and Nuc Producers

Introduction

The following is the list of the beekeepers in Ontario with special permits to sell queens, nucleus hives (nucs) or full sized colonies. Many sell directly to beekeepers, while some sell to bee supply companies. Each has a valid selling permit for this purpose. For more details, contact Paul Kozak at 1-888-466-2372 ext. 6-3595 or your local bee inspector.

The disease status is shown on the right hand side of the table.

Abbreviations are used as follows:

  • AFB = American Foulbrood
  • __/20 = the year that the pest or disease was found.

Producers are permitted to use stock only from locations visually free of AFB for two years or more. If AFB is found at a location, that location is quarantined for two years. A producer that has a location under quarantine will show up as AFB/12 or AFB/13.

Queen and Nuc Producers

Queen and nuc producers are required to obtain a permit from the Ministry. This permit is valid until the end of October. A sticker with the permit and beekeeper number must accompany each shipment. If a problem occurs, especially with bees purchased through a bee supply company, this number is used to trace the origin of the bees. Retain this number for future reference. If you would like to sell bees, please contact your local bee inspector.

Breeding and Raising Queens

Several beekeepers are participating in a breeding program with the OBA Tech Transfer Specialists, to develop bees that will tolerate HBTM and Varroa mites. All producers that have participated in the breeding program have stocks of bees that now have levels of tolerance to HBTM and are showing improved hygienic traits. Check with the Tech Transfer Program and OBBA for a list of breeders.

This selected stock may reduce the effects of tracheal mites on your bees. Resistant queens in colonies in Ontario can greatly reduce the effects of the HBTM. It is important to use the full set of options in an Integrated Pest Management system to reduce the effects of mites in Ontario.

Buckfast stock and Russian stock are available in Ontario from queen producers. Locally raised stock that has been selected and bred for Ontario conditions are also available.

Queens

Beekeepers are encouraged to use Ontario resistant stock. One economical way to accomplish this is to buy queen cells from the producers and introduce these to nucleus hives that will mature for next year. The other way is to purchase breeder queens and produce your own queens from them. Every beekeeper should be raising his or her own queens and be developing his or her own stock wherever possible. If this does not fit into the management strategy of the operation then there are many queen producers that supply this resource. Young queens, well mated queens are also important in running strong populous honey bee colonies.

List of Queen and Nuc Producers

Name Address City Telephone
Ackroyd, Glen 3649 County Road 10 Tara
519-934-0006
Alecu, Lionel 1773 - 20 Sideroad Innisfil
416-819-2337
Anderson, Jim 35548 Hwy 41 Eganville
613-628-2890
Arfin, Claire 10 Highcliff Cresc Scarborough
647-818-2645
Argue, Ritchie 229 Ryan Duncan Road Pakenham
613-623-3823
Arnold, Glen 367 Herride Court Newmarket
905-853-1345
Bankert, Allan 1041 Christener Road Baden
519-662-3165
Bryans, Davis 3115 River Street Alvinston
519-847-5333
Celhoffer, William 583419 Sideroad 60 Holland Centre
519-794-2860
Davidson, Dan 8664 Churchill Line Watford
519-849-5959
Dickey, Peter 4031 - 3rd Line Road Cookstown
705-458-1258
Dietrich, Jerome 105 Graham Street West Alma
519-846-5834
Eagles, Phillip 449069 10th Concession Grey Highlands
519-922-3445
Eaton, Mary 537 Lakeview Road Echo Bay
705-248-2021
Fear, Murray 200 Potter Street Wingham
519-357-3656
Ferrier, Scott 822 Echo Ridge Kearney
705-636-7117
Gauthier, David 1476 - 11th Line Lakefield
705-652-5298
Halsall, Brent 7328 Stone School Road Ottawa
613-821-4336
Harron, Dean 3087 Arthur Street Thunder Bay
807-622-2715
Hiemstra, Chris 11302 Imperial Road, RR4 Aylmer
519-773-5503
Junkin, Lionel 983 Raymond Street Hanmer
705-969-3034
Kains, David RR1 Mindemoya
705-377-6041
Kalisz, Todd 3384 Loyalist Road Port Hope
905-753-2623
Kornelsen, Henry 6105 12th Line Harriston
519-249-1911
Laflamme, Phil 6-Z2 Old Kingston Road Portland
613-272-2091
Luke, Geoff 30 High Park Road Sunderland
905-985-9206
Lukowski, Norbert 1445 Dunning Road Cumberland
613-858-9913
McPhail, Stuart 118 Bruce Street South Durham
519-369-3434
McRory, Doug 187 Dawn Avenue Guelph
519-823-8191
Mewett, Peter 1451 Baptist Church Road Stirling
613-395-3225
Momot, William & Jeanette 544 Hwy 130 Slate River
807-939-1233
Mongeon, Mario 1057 Concession 1 Lefaivre
613-679-1373
Murray, James 18816 Leslie St Sharon
905-955-3498
O'Grady, Daniel 114 Sand Road Eganville
613-628-1998
Oystrick, Ron 3465 Kalmo Road Val Caron
705-897-5519
Perrin, Michael 284 Country Lane Cameron
705-359-1228
Rogers, Kelly 446, 5th Avenue East Owen Sound
519-794-3335
Roth, Mike 1041 Christner New Hamburg
519-275-4167
Shank, Noel 2323 Dominion Drive Hanmer
705-897-5565
Shanks, Bryan 745 Zephyr Road Uxbridge
905-852-6494
Siberry, David 514 Broadway Ave Toronto
416-425-6217
Slusar, Robert 1891, 22nd Sideroad Thunder Bay
807-939-2995
Sounak, Michael 301 Sunny Meade Drive Ancaster
905-317-4140
Stemmler, Carmenie 735532 West Back Line Markdale
519-986-4980
Stemmler, Frank 735532 West Back Line Markdale
519-986-4980
Szabo, Tibor Jr. 4722 Townline Road Puslinch
519-836-5617
Tabor, Barry 1170 Lakeshore Drive Shuniah
807-983-2341
Tompsett, Douglas 132 Regional Road 10 Whitefish
705-866-6184
Van Alten, Alison 1006 8th Concession West Puslinch
905-659-9058
Van Blyderveen, John 385296 Oxford County Rd 59 Burgessville
519-550-1096
Walker, Betty 9327 Scotchmere Drive Strathroy
519-245-5361
Zavitz, Orville 821, 13th Concession East Simcoe
519-443-8748
Zimmermann, H. Walter 9618 Concession 2 Caistor Centre
905-957-0833

 


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-888-466-2372 ext 6-4230
Local: (519) 826-4230
E-mail: foodinspection@ontario.ca
Author: Paul Kozak - Provincial Apiarist/OMAF and MRA
Creation Date: 21 May 2014
Last Reviewed: 17 July 2014