Connecting People, Pollinators, and Places
Connecting People, Pollinators, and Places
Bee Connected. Follow all the buzz. Stay in the loop on all the latest developments, news, and events.

Bee Connected. Follow all the buzz. Stay in the loop on all the latest developments, news, and events.


Be a Bee City

Protect Pollinators

Commit to pollinator protection and increase pollinator habitats on private and public lands.

Educate Communities

Educate citizens on what actions to take to help pollinators in your community.

Celebrate Achievements

Recognize and celebrate pollinator initiatives in your community and host an annual celebration.

Protect Pollinators

Commit to pollinator protection and increase pollinator habitats on private and public lands.

Educate Communities

Educate citizens on what actions to take to help pollinators in your community.

Celebrate Achievements

Recognize and celebrate pollinator initiatives in your community and host an annual celebration.

Five Simple Steps to becoming a Bee City

A Bee City is a city committed to pollinators.

The process includes the following:

  1. Fill out an application – download the Bee City Canada application form. Find an official liaison within the council of your city or township and complete the form. Download your application form here.
  2. Formulate your resolution – download the Bee City Canada resolution form. Work with your contacts – outlined in your Application Form – to develop goals specific to your city that align with the Bee City Canada initiative. Download your resolution form here.
  1. Get it approved – share your application and draft resolutions with Bee City Canada. Send a copy to applications@beecitycanada.org.
  2. Get it finalizedpresent the application form and resolutions form to city council for final approvement.
  3. Get it recognized send a copy of your signed resolution form to applications@beecitycanada.org and receive your official recognition as a Bee City!

Once Certified:

  1. Celebrate being a Bee City through public awareness activities and take part in International Pollination week. Promote your activities through community signage, events, and web & social activity.
  1. Execute your resolution and make an impact in your community. Meeting the goals of the resolution is vital to Bee City Canada and your community making the change worth talking about.
  1. Annually report your activities with Bee City Canada and work towards re-certifying your city as a Bee City, year-after-year.
Become a Bee City Today
  1. Celebrate being a Bee City through public awareness activities and take part in International Pollination week. Promote your activities through community signage, events, and web & social activity.
  1. Execute your resolution and make an impact in your community. Meeting the goals of the resolution is vital to Bee City Canada and your community making the change worth talking about.
  1. Annually report your activities with Bee City Canada and work towards re-certifying your city as a Bee City, year-after-year.
Become a Bee City Today

BEE active

Join our Volunteer Community

BEE active

Join our Volunteer Community


Why pollinators need our help

Bees, and other pollinator populations, are facing declines across Canada and around the world. There are many threats to their survival including habitat loss, chemical use such as pesticides and herbicides, climate change, spread of pests and diseases and a lack of enough diverse pollen and nectar rich flowers to feed on.

Habitat and Food

Climate change and human development threaten the natural habitats that pollinators rely on for their livelihood.

Pesticides and Practices

Pollinators need toxic-free pollen and nectar from large patches of diverse flowers as well as a variety of nesting materials.

Pests and Disease

Pests and diseases have been transported around the globe and it is challenging for pollinators to cope with the changing scene.

Habitat and Food

Climate change and human development threaten the natural habitats that pollinators rely on for their livelihood.

Pesticides and Practices

Pollinators need toxic-free pollen and nectar from large patches of diverse flowers as well as a variety of nesting materials.

Pests and Disease

Pests and diseases have been transported around the globe and it is challenging for pollinators to cope with the changing scene.

BEE active

Transform your garden

BEE active

Transform your garden

Who we are

Bee City Canada is a group of passionate and concerned citizens who believe that together, we can all take action to reverse the decline of pollinators.

Bee City Canada is made up of researchers, educators, beekeepers, farmers, ecologists, community leaders and many other committed individuals across Canada. We strive to offer pertinent information about all pollinators to help citizens understand their critical link to the health of the planet and how we can all take action.

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The Leadership Team

Shelly Candel

Director

Email: shelly@beecitycanada.org

Gillian Leitch

Program Director

Email: gillian@beecitycanada.org
Pollinators are vital to humans and our planet.
1 in 3
bites of food we eat is courtesy of insect pollination
85%
of flowering plants depend on pollinators for reproduction
We invite every city, town, community, school, and business to become a Bee City designee.
Education

Teaching Canadians why it is important to protect our pollinators – and how we can make it happen.

Action

Providing the foundation for increasing pollinator friendly habitat in your community.

Celebration

Celebrating your Bee City accomplishments and sharing your stories nationwide.

BEE active

Become a Bee City

BEE proactive

Become a Bee City

It’s Official,
Toronto is the first
Bee City in Canada

Toronto has one of the most diverse pollinator populations in Canada. In keeping with its efforts to help protect pollinators, City Council has approved Toronto’s participation in the Bee City program. Started in the U.S., Bee City is designed to raise awareness of the importance of pollinators. As the first Canadian affiliate of Bee City, Toronto will help raise the profile of the pollinator protection movement in Canada.
Bee Friendly Event
Toronto gets buzzing in the media – and here are the hottest stories.
Toronto street artist
turns his aerosol toward
saving the bees

Metro News
June 28, 2016
Read the full article

What you can do in
your garden to help
bees and butterflies

The Globe and Mail
May 19, 2016
Read the full article

Making Toronto
a Better Home
for Bees

Torontoist
April 28, 2016
Read the full article

This
Earth Day,
Bee Positive

Now Toronto
April 20, 2016
Read the full article

Bentall Kennedy is ‘Bee Friendly’.

The Bee Friendly Campaign was another example where Bentall Kennedy has proven their commitment to being a good neighbour. Cloverdale Mall, Eglinton Square Shopping Centre & 10 Dundas East, proudly managed by Bentall Kennedy (Canada) Limited Partnership, have banded together to educate shoppers.

“Pollinators such as bees are vital to a healthy and resilient ecosystem, and are important to the sustainability of Toronto’s natural areas and urban gardens.”, indicated Domenic Imbesi, Regional Director Marketing, Bentall Kennedy. “The Bee Friendly public awareness campaign celebrates Toronto as the first bee city and we are proud to be Bee City Canada’s first corporate supporters.”

BEE part of the movement

Make a difference. Become a Bee City or Volunteer with us.
Be a leader in your community and play your part in transforming your town or city into a pollinator friendly environment. Please email info@beecitycanada.org for more information on how to get involved.
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Check out what our sister organization is doing south of the border with 15 certified Bee Cities and counting!