Current Bee CitiesWe thank all Bee Cities for their commitment to protecting pollinators and their habitats.
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.
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.
Southern Ontario community becomes 20th Canadian Bee City.
Wellesley Township is pitching-in to help pollinators! A rehabilitation project led by The Friends of the Pond community group has been planting native trees, shrubs and flowering perennials on the riverside and areas adjacent to a pond near the centre of the town. In addition, a community pollinator garden was established in 2018 and filled with native plants. This garden area is being used to host workshops and other educational activities so that children, high school students and the broader community can learn more about how we can help our pollinators.
19th Bee City stands out for its efforts to protect pollinators!
The City of Guelph’s official plan recognizes that maintaining pollinator habitat is essential for supporting healthy ecosystems and encourages this in City-led and private development projects. Guelph has also developed strong partnerships with numerous community groups, like Pollination Guelph, as well as schools and other organizations that are actively engaged in helping pollinators and protecting their habitats. The Hydro One Corridor Meadow Project, which recently transformed several acres of invasive, non-native buckthorn into meadow habitat, is one such initiative. We encourage you to review Guelph’s application to learn about other projects and future plans.
Township in central-eastern Ontario is 18th Bee City!
The Township of Selwyn has been actively working with several community and not-for-profit groups to enhance pollinator health. A partnership with the Otanabee Region Conservation Authority and Lakefield College School has helped to naturalize parts of the shoreline of the Otanabee River through the planting of native shrubs and other vegetation, including winterberry, fragrant sumac, flowering raspberry and white yarrow. Another initiative brought together residents and the Lakefield and District Horticultural Society to create a pollinator garden at Isabel Morris Park. The Town has committed to continue to promote and encourage residents to plant native species and avoid pesticides.
17th Bee City promotes use of native plants on public and private property
Among other things, the Town of Ajax is focusing on helping pollinators by supporting initiatives that encourage the use of native trees, shrubs and flowering plants. The Bees Need Trees is one such program. Developed in partnership with LEAF, it provides helpful information and subsidized planting kits to residents. Also, the Pollinator Meadowscape Project is a collaborative three-year project through which Ajax, the Toronto and Region Conservation Authority, Durham Sustain Ability, Native Plants in Claremont and Community Development Council Durham have been working to link together natural spaces and community gardens.
The Town of Mono
Mono is the 16th Canadian Bee City!
The Town of Mono has taken several steps to protect pollinators and promote native plants. In 2016, a pollinator garden was created on a two acre plot of land as part of the town’s efforts to educate the public. In addition, Mono has been advocating against the use of neonicotinoids and has undertaken a number of reforesting projects resulting in over 30,000 trees being planted over the past two years. Another program offers residents native trees and shrubs at wholesale prices; over 6,000 are sold each year.
The first Bee City in Manitoba
Brandon’s Bee City team has developed a comprehensive plan that brings together the City of Brandon and various community, conservation and non-governmental organization. A key first year objective will be to complete a city-wide pollinator habitat assessment, which will help to identify areas where habitat needs to be improved.
Town with nine bees on its crest aptly named 14th Bee City
The Town of Newmarket is taking several important steps to protect pollinators including planting more native trees, shrubs and other flowering plants in public spaces and through their forestry management plan. They will donate native seeds to local schools and use their website, social media networks, newsletter and signage to educate community members about the importance of pollinators.
City with world famous falls becomes 13th Bee City
Over the past several year, the City of Niagara Falls has focused on increasing plantings of native species. For example, a restoration project at the Chippawa Battlefield site will see 120 acres of fallow fields planted with native species that support pollinators and birds. Another interesting initiative is a program which encourages and awards residents who plant pollinator and edible front-yard gardens.
City becomes 12th Bee City in Canada
The City of Waterloo is currently leading several programs and initiatives that support healthy native pollinator populations. We will be sharing more information about their future plans after the city’s Pollinator Working Group has been established.
Learn more by visiting Waterloo’s Bee City web page.
7th Bee City in Ontario committed to providing a healthy environment for people and pollinators!
Some exciting initiatives are taking place in Kitchener, including a 2018 project at Huron Natural Area that will see eight hectares of meadow habitat restored and enhanced with plantings of forbs, grasses and shrubs to support native pollinators. Read about more bee-friendly initiatives in Kitchener’s application.
Town of Whitby
Whitby is the 10th Bee City in Canada!
Our thanks and gratitude to high school student Aidan Brushett, whose love for pollinators became a driving force behind his hometown’s bid to become a Bee City! Among other things, the Town of Whitby will create new and improve existing pollinator gardens in its 55 parks while also protecting or enhancing naturalized areas.
Township of King
Located on the ecologically important Oak Ridges Moraine, King Township is the ninth Bee City!
King Township is enhancing existing and creating new habitats for pollinators in parks, gardens and naturalized areas. They are also engaging and teaching youth about the importance of pollinators through nature-based activities held at Cold Creek Conservation Area.
Bee City Canada is grateful for King Township’s commitment to helping pollinators!
The largest city in the “fruit basket of Canada” now a Bee City!
Located in the Niagara region of south-central Ontario, an area known for its exceptional fruit, vegetable and flower production, St. Catharines has become the eight Canadian Bee City.
We are grateful to Renee Delaney of the Niagara Farm Project, Mayor Walter Sendzik and a host of other community members for pledging to do their part to support pollinators.
Congratulations to the City of Kawartha Lakes on becoming the seventh Canadian Bee City!
We are very thankful to be working with the City of Kawartha Lakes Environmental Advisory Committee, the team which led efforts to make Kawartha Lakes into a Bee City. This group is playing an important role in the exciting Fenelon Falls Landfill Pollination Project, which aims to convert part of a decommissioned landfill site into new pollinator habitat.
Read about how they are helping pollinators at the City of Kawartha Lakes Bee City web page.
Bienvenue Ville d’abeilles Campbellton, our first East Coast member of the family! Local garden writer Bob Ewing and the Campbellton Bee City team are creating a “buzz” in this New Brunswick community. They have partnered with Gallery Restigouche to coordinate Pollinators at Work, a student art project. They are also working hard to share the message about buying pesticide-free plants for bee-friendly gardens in Campbellton and beyond.
Stratford is our second Ontario Bee City!
It is no surprise to us that Ethan Elliott has been able to convince his hometown of Stratford to adopt pollinator protection resolutions, he is a very persuasive young man!
There are so many fabulous places of connection here in Stratford, with the arts and theatre, agriculture and Communities in Bloom all coming together to make a beautiful destination to explore Nature.
Thanks Ethan! So excited about your visions for youth led mentorship.
T’it’q’et is the first First Nation to join the Bee City family and the second community in British Columbia!
Located along the Fraser River, the community of the P’egp’ig’lha People have already brought great wisdom to Bee City. As a requirement of adopting the resolutions they have determined that youth members must be part of their Bee City team and, in fact, they are leading the charge.
Kamloops Declared First Bee City in British Columbia
The motion was brought forward to Kamloops City Council by Lisa Strachan with Tourism Kamloops and supported by Glenn Grant, the executive director of the B.C. Wildlife Park and co-chair of Communities in Bloom. As the second Western Canadian affiliate of Bee City, Kamloops has created a lot of excitement with neighbouring communities and has already brought creative, fresh ideas to the program.
Chestermere is designated Western Canada’s first Bee City.
The City of Chestermere, Alberta, is buzzing with excitement after becoming Western Canada’s first Bee City and the second in Canada. The city is taking action to fight against declines in pollinator populations and hopes to inspire other communities to join them in becoming Bee Cities!
Learn more about what the city is doing to protect pollinators by visiting Chestermere’s Bee City web page.
Toronto has one of the most diverse pollinator populations in Canada.
In keeping with its efforts to help protect pollinators, City Council has approved Toronto’s participation in the Bee City program. As the first Canadian affiliate of Bee City, Toronto will help raise the profile of the pollinator protection movement in Canada.