Current Bee Campuses
Wilfrid Laurier University
Wilfrid Laurier University has a five-year Sustainability Action Plan that includes prioritizing planting a variety of native plants to support native pollinator populations. We have a number of active pollinator projects underway, including our most recent pollinator garden and our Pollinator Spiral which provides a habitat for ground-nesting bees and other beneficial insects. Our very own PolliNation – a social enterprise started and led by students through Enactus Laurier – is helping to further steward pollinator-friendly activities and initiatives over the coming years. Through this designation, we hope to raise awareness, inspire others through our various initiatives and impact the environment in a positive way.
Located at the base of the Niagara Escarpment (a designated UNESCO Biosphere Reserve), the Niagara College Niagara-on-the-Lake (NOTL) campus benefits from its integration into the local native habitat, making it the perfect venue to develop initiatives that protect and enrich the natural environment. The Commercial Beekeeping program (the first in eastern Canada) has been involved in and benefited from past efforts for pollinator protection and its faculty has worked in close cooperation with the Office of Sustainability to ensure that pollinator health is a constant priority. In addition to academic programs, certifications such as Bee Campus and Audubon International’s Cooperative Sanctuary Program encourage the tracking and monitoring of pollinator initiatives on campus; providing a platform for continuous improvement of pollinator health on campus.
Vancouver Island University
VIU is a medium sized university located in Northern Vancouver Island. The Master of Community Planning programs focus on rural/urban environments mirrors the current habitat of pollinators and teaches sustainable, regionally specific community planning as well as implementing these lessons into the campus itself. These programs, combined with the management of the community gardens and a student led project for campus design work to identify and to achieve VIU’s sustainable development goals. Pollinator health is integral to this work, combining planting, planning, place making and partnership!
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.