Current Bee Campuses
Ontario Tech University
It is important to Ontario Tech University to become a Bee Campus as we wish to connect with others with mutual values, striving to make a difference to create and maintain habitat and increase biodiversity in the area to support pollinators. The loss of pollinators creates a significant negative ripple effect, and Ontario Tech University strives to help through continuous initiatives and efforts stemming from the Pollinator Project.
Leader in Sustainability Joins Bee City Family
Located on the Niagara Escarpment, a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve, Mohawk College is widely recognized as a leader in sustainability. As part of its sustainability mission, the school supports education, engagement and promoting pollinator health on campus through various initiatives. The campus is home to six honey bee colonies, three pollinator gardens and bioswales, a 49-plot community garden and an Indigenous three sisters garden. The college has also developed a Sustainable Landscape Plan, prioritizing the naturalization of campus grounds. We encourage you to read their application to learn more about the many exciting initiatives taking place at Mohawk.
University of Guelph
Canada’s Food University designated Bee City Campus
The University of Guelph is home to Canada’s first Research Chair in Pollinator Conservation which focuses on researching, raising awareness and informing public policy on the importance and plight of pollinators. The Rebanks Family Chair in Pollinator Conservation, Nigel Raine, established the Nigel Raine Lab, supporting 21 graduate students engaging in pollinator research. The university has also shown its commitment to pollinator health and conservation through campus initiatives such as enhancing the tree canopy with flowering tree species, integrating pollinator-friendly plants in campus landscapes and voluntarily banning herbicides and pesticides many years before provincial bans took effect.
Fleming’s School of Environmental and Natural Resource Sciences, located at the Frost Campus in Lindsay, Ontario, is doing their part to help pollinators! A pollinator garden established in 2004 has gradually expanded and now provides an impressive 1,200 square feet of habitat. The garden is a focal point for education, serving as a place where staff, students and other community members learn about seeds saving, native pollinators and honey bees. The Frost Campus community also has close ties with the Pollinator Action Committee of the City of Kawartha Lakes, which was designated a Bee City in 2017.
First University Recognized by Bee City Canada!
Western University has embarked on a five year plan that will create a more pollinator-friendly campus. The Facilities team is stocking garden beds with regional, pollinator favourites, like ironweed, liatris and Joe Pye weed. A medicinal garden has also been planted, with native and other plants being grown and tended to by students in the Indigenous Studies department. Another initiative, the Green Campus Lecture series, provides opportunities for participants to learn about planting and caring for native plants, building bee condos and other ways to help pollinators on campus and in the broader community.