Honey Production, Value and Colonies

Detailed information for 2021





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The purpose of this statistical program is to collect information on the production and value of honey produced in Canada. The results are publicly released and are used by producer associations, apiarists and governments to assess the economic health of the honey production industry.

Data release - December 8, 2021


This statistical program collects data for an annual estimate of the production of honey in Canada. The data are used by government departments and producers' organizations for policy evaluation and implementation and for program administration.

Reference period: calendar year

Collection period: In Fall


  • Agriculture and food (formerly Agriculture)
  • Crops and horticulture

Data sources and methodology

Target population

The target population is all commercial beekeeping operations in Canada.

Instrument design

This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.


This methodology does not apply.

Data sources

Data collection for this reference period: 2021-09-24 to 2021-11-12

Data are extracted from administrative files.

Prior to the 1999 crop year, Statistics Canada compiled data on Honey and other Apiary Product Farms through a combination of survey taking and administrative sources of data. Estimates disseminated for the provinces of Prince Edward Island, Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were based on a probability sample survey of beekeeping operations in those provinces. Provincial departments of agriculture in the provinces of Quebec, Ontario, Alberta and British Columbia carried out their own surveys to independently estimate all honey variables disseminated in the annual bulletin. Beginning with the 1999 crop year, the provinces of Nova Scotia, Manitoba and Saskatchewan were added to the list of provinces for which data was compiled solely from provincially administered survey vehicles. Beginning with the 2016 crop year, Prince Edward Island and New Brunswick were added to this list. While these surveys cover the same subject matter as this statistical program, each province customizes its own questionnaire to request supplementary data on topics relevant to its apiculture industry.

Error detection

Administrative data are verified with each provincial apiarist before being disseminated. As part of the confirmation process, in order to minimize errors and ensure the estimates are up-to-date, accurate and reliable, the previous year's data is re-collected and revised if required.


This methodology does not apply.


This methodology type does not apply to this statistical program.

Quality evaluation

Honey statistics are collected from administrative data sources for nine provinces . The results are evaluated through comparisons to previous estimates and other sources when available. Market and conditions for honey production are used as a guide when evaluating the data.

Disclosure control

Statistics Canada is prohibited by law from releasing any information it collects which could identify any person, business, or organization, unless consent has been given by the respondent or as permitted by the Statistics Act. Various confidentiality rules are applied to all data that are released or published to prevent the publication or disclosure of any information deemed confidential. If necessary, data are suppressed to prevent direct or residual disclosure of identifiable data.

Revisions and seasonal adjustment

This methodology does not apply to this survey.

Data accuracy

This administrative data is considered to be the best source available, and data received from each province, excluding Newfoundland and Labrador, is judged to be of very good quality, even in those circumstances where adjustments have been made.

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