Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada

January 25, 2007 17:38 ET

AAFC: Minister Strahl Announces $440,000 for the Canadian Honey Council

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Jan. 25, 2007) - The Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food and Minister for the Canadian Wheat Board, today announced $440,000 in funding that will revitalize the Canadian Honey Council (CHC) and enhance the promotion of the Canadian honeybee industry.

Funding for this initiative is provided to the CHC under Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's Advancing Canadian Agriculture and Agri-Food (ACAAF) Program.

"Canada's New Government is committed to assisting the CHC by strengthening its viability in the global marketplace," said Minister Strahl. "This funding will help with the international promotion of the Canadian honey industry so it can seize on new opportunities to grow and prosper."

The CHC will deliver on a suite of activities including developing a communications plan, launching awareness projects, preparing a background paper for emerging issues, policy development and research, creating and implementing an action plan for the future direction of the CHC, reporting progress at the 2008 National Convention, and planning for a future international conference.

"Honeybees pollinate our food crops and contribute over $1 billion annually to the agriculture sector," said Heather Clay, National Coordinator of the Canadian Honey Council. "We are committed to strengthening our organization and with the support of ACAAF, will be able to build a more dynamic and sustainable Canadian honeybee industry."

As the vital link between beekeeper associations, industry and government, the CHC is the voice of the honey industry and serves as an advocate for beekeepers at the national level.

For more information on the Canadian Honey Council, please visit www.honeycouncil.ca.

More information on the ACAAF program is available at www.agr.gc.ca/acaaf.

Contact Information

  • Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada
    Ottawa, Ontario
    Media Relations
    613-759-7972
    1-866-345-7972
    or
    Minister Strahl's office
    Jeff Howard
    Press Secretary
    613-759-1059
    or
    Canadian Honey Council
    Ed Nowek
    Vice President
    250-542-8088