Barrie

Barrie

Barrie

Barrie is the 30th Bee City in Canada!

The City of Barrie is proud to be a member of Bee City! Barrie has been working with residents and community partners to enhance naturalization and pollinator opportunities for the past two decades. Implementation of the Pesticide Reduction Policy in 2003 and the Council adoption of a Naturalization Policy for all city lands in 2007 were our first steps towards a pollinator healthy community. Joining the Bee City initiative is another step towards an ecologically diverse and healthy city!

Orillia

Orillia

Orillia

Our 27th Bee City is taking action to support pollinators!

Located in the heart of Ontario’s Lake Country on the shores of Lake Couchiching and Lake Simcoe, the City of Orillia currently has more than 70 annual and perennial gardens and 2 community gardens with pollinator species planted throughout. In addition, 2 butterfly gardens have been planted with species to attract butterflies and bees specifically and the City has more than 140 flowering hanging baskets located in the downtown.

Moving forward, new designs and construction projects will promote the creation of new gardens in parks, recreation centres, parking lots, and other public spaces with the intent to improve pollinator habitats.

Township of Severn

Township of Severn

Township of Severn

Severn is Canada’s 25th Bee City

Township of Severn is a beautiful and ecologically diverse municipality in Central Ontario with a strong history of agriculture and outdoor recreation. Many local residents take pride in maintaining their rural properties while enjoying the natural beauty that surrounds them, especially being on the southern edge of Ontario’s cottage country. At the request of local conservationist Matt Thomson, we’re excited to join the growing family of Canada’s Bee Cities and aim to promote the education of our native pollinators we often encounter in our own backyards.

Oshawa

Oshawa

Oshawa

22nd Canadian Bee City and 17th in Ontario

Located on the eastern edge of the Golden Horseshoe in Southern Ontario, the City of Oshawa has joined the growing list of municipalities committing to taking actions to help pollinators! The City maintains several formal pollinator and community gardens. It has also amended its boulevard by-law to encourage planting for pollinators and is working to reduce mowing and increase naturalization in parks and areas adjacent to water.

Oshawa Greenhouse

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill

Richmond Hill

21st Bee City is engaging residents, increasing the use of native plants in town landscaping.

As part of their plans to help bees and other pollinators, this Bee City is promoting native plants.  The Town’s Official Plan includes a policy calling for an increase in the use of milkweed and other native species. Richmond Hill has also introduced and is supporting initiatives which aim to educate and engage residents, including the Mayor’s Monarch Pledge, the Healthy Yards Program, gardening workshops and tree planting events. In 2017, a pollinator garden was established at Mill Pond Gallery.