The 2022 Canada-Alberta Bee Colony Replacement Assistance Initiative was a joint Canada-Alberta AgriRecovery initiative for beekeepers who experienced extraordinary losses to colonies during the winter of 2021-2022. Applications closed July 31, 2023.

This initiative compensated eligible beekeepers for the replacement of lost colonies. Purchases that were made to replace colonies lost (the number of colonies put into winter minus the number of colonies that survived to spring 2022 less 30 per cent normal loss) during the winter of 2021-2022 are eligible for compensation.

Beekeepers will receive up to $210/colony (including nucleus colonies), $140 per bee package or $35 per queen for eligible purchases between spring 2022 and May 1, 2023. Purchases in 2022 will be processed first, and then, if eligible, the purchases in 2023.

Read the news release Keeping Alberta beekeepers flying

AgriRecovery is a federal-provincial-territorial disaster relief framework to producers with the extraordinary costs associated with recovering from disaster situations. This program is not intended to cover income or production losses, recurring disaster events or replace the need for multi-year strategies to help industries adjust to long-term realities of a disaster. Eligible costs will be supported on the 60/40 federal/provincial cost-shared basis outlined under the Sustainable Canadian Agricultural Partnership.