Dear Commission Members;
The Commission is conducting a review of the regulations that govern the organization.
This is a mandatory regulatory review that is carried out every five years as per Government of Alberta Policy to ensure that the regulations continue to be relevant, current and serving the changing industry needs.
The main proposed amendments are:
1. The exemption from the plan regulation of producers with less than 100 colonies. However producers with less than 100 colonies can still benefit from the services provided by the commission to its members (those with 100 or more colonies) and most of these services are available to all registered Alberta beekeepers regardless of the number of colonies being operated. These services include:
• Probably the service that is the most important to you and your long term financial health is the provision of $5 million Beekeeper Liability Insurance. For a relatively low cost this insurance provides you financial protection if the actions of your honey bees are determined to have harmed someone else or their property.
• The Commission provides a monthly newsletter that provides up-to-date news on the provincial, national and international scenes as well as touching on some research reports. The newsletter runs many advertisements that can lead you to new outlets for your needs. It also provides information on local and widespread meetings and events.
• The Commission puts on an Annual General Meeting and Convention where you can listen and participate as the Commission’s Eligible Producers discuss matters pertaining to their, and your, industry as well as hear up to the minute reports on research, etc. In addition, the Commission holds educational programs such as the Integrated Pest Management Workshop and other educational events for the industry at large.
AS THE OWNER OF LESS THAN 100 COLONIES YOU ARE NOT REQUIRED TO BE AN ELIGIBLE PRODUCER BUT YOU ARE ABLE TO BECOME A NON-VOTING MEMBER AND ENJOY THE THREE BENEFITS LISTED ABOVE.
2. Change to the governance structure: There will be no director on the board to represent producers with less than 100 colonies. There will be two directors at large instead.
3. Changing the name of the commission to Alberta Beekeepers Commission- This is the name that is commonly used. A resolution to change the name of the commission was passed at the 2014 AGM.
Feel free to contact a member of the Board or the office if further clarification is required.