Canadian Honey

How Sweet it is!

Did you know that Canada's honey yield is twice the world's average? That's not surprising considering that Canada's wide open spaces, clean natural environment and weather offer perfect conditions for nectar production. Long days of summer sunshine in Canada's northern climate provide access to bountiful flowering crops that attract a growing number of honeybees. The result? Beautiful golden honey loved by consumers in 27 countries worldwide.

Versatile, natural and nutritious

The Canadian honey sector is as dynamic and industrious as the honeybee itself. Close to 8,000 beekeepers maintain nearly 610,000 bee colonies across the country. Our packaged honey, which is filtered and can be pasteurized, doesn't need preservatives and has a shelf life of up to two years.

Besides our deliciously sweet honey, Canada's honey industry produces several other value-added by-products, including:

  • Beeswax for candles and household products such as polishes;
  • Protein-rich pollen used as a diet supplement;
  • Propolis, an ingredient used in cosmetics and lip balms; and
  • Royal jelly used in skin creams and lotions.

Canada's bees are credited with providing up to $1 billion in increased agricultural production annually. Beekeepers rent their hives to horticultural producers each spring to ensure that widespread pollination takes place.

Care and commitment

Canadians take great pride in their honey production standards. Indeed, the industry not only meets ISO (international) standards for honey production, it exceeds them. The safety and quality of Canadian honey is second to none. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency, through the Honey Regulation of the Canadian Agricultural Products Act, ensures that producers and importers* meet strict federal and international standards.

Most provinces have provincial apiculturists responsible for the registration of beekeepers, bee health, management practices and other beekeeping issues. Superior quality. Prized taste. That's Canadian honey.

Taste the Canadian difference

The number of Canadian honeybee colonies continues to grow and it's no wonder. Our clean, pristine and vast land—coupled with a sector supported by top-notch food scientists and a government that contributes to a rigorous approach to food safety—provides a perfect environment.

For further information on Canada's honey industry, Canadian capabilities and exported products, please visit:

Government websites

Industry website

* The Canadian honeybee industry is almost totally self-sufficient, however, it imports some honeybees from Australia, New Zealand and the United States.


Trade Statistics

The following tables represent Canada's total trade in a given export commodity based on Statistics Canada data. The product categories represent HS code groupings and have not been modified. In most cases, statistics have been presented at the 6 or 8 digit level. Statistics are presented in Canadian dollars and are complete through year end 2010.

Canada's Exports to All Countries (HS Code 0409) - ($CAD)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Honey, natural 37,546,863 69,843,080 47,122,262 56,995,108 51.8%

Canada's Exports to All Countries (HS Code 0409) - (Quantity, KGM)
  2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
Honey, natural 16,128,463 22,341,035 11,929,150 14,932,115 -7.4%

Canada's Monthly Exports to All Countries
(HS Code 0409, Value $CAD)
Month 2007 2008 2009 2010
Jan 3,130,452 3,728,394 2,425,917 2,721,925
Feb 3,372,439 7,601,194 5,982,043 4,507,918
Mar 4,002,510 9,282,155 6,865,879 7,498,792
Apr 3,939,837 8,979,682 3,881,087 3,801,843
May 3,106,930 6,020,126 4,722,259 4,668,483
Jun 3,066,337 6,486,884 4,301,044 4,675,806
Jul 3,160,310 5,325,062 3,270,811 6,073,232
Aug 1,855,530 4,373,496 3,019,945 3,639,929
Sep 2,025,851 2,797,693 2,309,115 3,459,217
Oct 3,069,871 4,345,691 3,727,762 5,493,218
Nov 3,519,198 6,508,432 3,207,901 5,214,338
Dec 3,297,598 4,394,271 3,408,499 5,240,407
TOTAL 37,546,863 69,843,080 47,122,262 56,995,108

Canada's Exports to All Countries by Province
(HS Code 0409, Value $CAD)
Province 2007 2008 2009 2010
Alberta 6,994,088 18,522,947 16,924,051 15,530,459
British Columbia 163,147 686,824 138,259 1,191,317
Manitoba 18,913,914 19,306,087 17,693,867 18,781,935
New Brunswick 0 0 0 65,665
Nova Scotia 2,392 48,922 3,629 358,397
Ontario 1,718,983 2,100,713 2,985,455 1,813,707
Prince Edward Island 4,348 0 15,000 24,895
Québec 5,241,849 9,099,275 4,411,251 7,906,512
Saskatchewan 4,508,142 20,078,312 4,950,750 11,322,221

Canada's Top 10 Honey Markets
(HS Code 0409, Value $CAD)
Country 2007 2008 2009 2010 Growth 2007-2010
TOTAL 37,546,863 69,843,080 47,122,262 56,995,108 51.8%
United States 32,416,682 54,927,957 33,257,702 41,136,613 26.9%
Japan 975,265 5,127,445 6,714,312 9,848,183 909.8%
Germany 1,712,498 2,417,889 1,914,990 2,669,229 55.9%
China 56,312 96,517 1,530,989 917,367 1,529.1%
Switzerland 15,299 144,145 140,612 469,412 2,968.3%
United Kingdom 97,326 754,468 541,609 417,331 328.8%
France 200,187 255,889 341,638 267,623 33.7%
Australia 893,623 4,630,406 2,038,644 223,391 -75.0%
Hong Kong 20,774 105,265 84,702 215,348 936.6%
Austria 0 0 47 185,261 -