Ontario Honeybee Queen, Nucleus and Colony Producers

Table of Contents

  1. Introduction
  2. Queen and Nuc Producers
  3. Breeding and Raising Queens
  4. Queens


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. 519-826-3595 or your local bee inspector.

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.

Download the list of Queen and Nuc Producers (MS Excel 18KB)

Breeding and Raising Queens

Several beekeepers are participating in a breeding program with the OBA Tech Transfer Specialists, to develop bees that will tolerate honey bee Tracheal mites (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.


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 and well mated queens are also important in running strong populous honey bee colonies.

Pour plus de renseignements :
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Courriel : ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: Wael Haddad - Apiary Data Coordinator/OMAFRA
Creation Date: 21 May 2014
Last Reviewed: 19 July 2017