Our Story

It's about communities working together to protect pollinators and preserve the beauty of nature.
Photo courtesy Stephanie Lam

Bee City Canada’s story begins in 2015, when our founder, Shelly Candel, first learned about the outstanding work of Bee City USA while visiting Oregon.

Inspired by their success and the idea that cities can become champions for pollinators, she returned home determined to find a way to engage Canadian cities, towns and other communities in this important cause.

The idea of a Bee City caught on right away with Toronto City Council voting unanimously to become the first Bee City in Canada in March 2016.

Other notable milestones:

By the end of 2017, 20 cities, schools and businesses had joined us, underscoring that Bee City’s message has resonated with Canadians and that communities across the country are ready to take action to protect our pollinators and preserve the beauty of nature.

(left to right) Toronto City Councillor Michelle Holland and Shelly Candel, founder of Bee City Canada.