Financial Assistance

Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers

Assurance: Animal Health and Biosecurity for Bees


Ag Action Manitoba is providing funding for hive health management practices that will keep bees healthy, combined with responsible use of antibiotics. A farm visit from a veterinarian to discuss an antibiotic use protocol is part of funding.

This visit will help the beekeeper to establish the veterinarian-client relationship necessary when new federal regulations on accessing antibiotics come into affect in December, 2018.


Commercial honey beekeepers:

  • with 50 hives or more
  • registered with Manitoba Agriculture
  • have a Manitoba Premises Identification Number
  • must have participated in a biosecurity workshop

Other eligibility requirements:

  • Bee biosecurity training workshops
    Workshop Location
    Date & Time
    Agricultural Services Complex
    545 University Cres, Winnipeg, Manitoba
    Room: Large EOC (basement)  
    August 28, 2018
    9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    Agriculture Extension Building
    1129 Queens Ave, Brandon, Manitoba
    Room: Classroom A  
    August 30, 2018
    9:00 am – 1:00 pm
    For more details, contact the Provincial Apiarist at 204-945-4825.

    For future training locations and dates, contact the Provincial Apiarist or check this web page for updated information.

    Beekeepers who have already completed the training will be mailed a letter providing them the training registration number that is needed on their application. You can contact the Provincial Apiarist if you are unsure if you have previously completed the training.
  • The veterinary-client relationship item is mandatory for all applicants and must be part of any claims submitted.

In-kind contributions such as wages, salaries or equipment use are ineligible.


American Foulbrood (AFB) disease is a highly contagious bacterial disease spread through the reuse of contaminated beekeeping equipment and feeding on contaminated feed in the hive or in neighbouring hives. Early detection and antibiotic treatment have been an important part of the control strategy for this disease in North America.

Ag Action Manitoba will provide cost-share funding for the following items under this focus area:

  • veterinarian-client relationship – veterinarian farm visit to discuss and develop an antibiotic use protocol. This item is mandatory for all applications. Funding is capped at $500.
  • early disease screening - screening hives through the analysis of honey and adult bees for the presence of AFB spores.  The analysis will also screen for the presence of antibiotic resistant AFB.  Funding is capped at $1,000.
  • replacing old brood comb – replacing old brood comb with new disease free comb. Removal of old comb from the hive is intended not only to remove disease spores from the hive but also remove residues of antibiotics and other treatments that can put long-term selection pressure for the development of treatment resistance. Funding is capped at $2,000.
  • broad spectrum disease analysis - although AFB is the most important disease in beekeeping, monitoring the general health of the bees is in relation to other disease is also very important. Tests for Nosema, European Foulbrood and virus detection are eligible. Funding is capped at $1,000. 
  • on-farm disease monitoring - purchasing of a microscope and training to identify various bee diseases on-farm. Funding is capped at $750.

There is a cost share ratio of 50:50 for this focus area and a total funding cap of $3,500 per farm for all items combined.

To receive the full $3,500, producers submit invoices for eligible items purchased with a total value of $7,000 or more. Caps on individual items will also limit the assistance available. For example, if a beekeeper purchases a microscope for On-Farm Disease Monitoring for $2,000, the financial assistance for the equipment will be limited to the cap of $750.

In kind contributions such as wages, salaries or equipment use are ineligible.


1. Review the Review the Ag Action Manitoba Program for Farmers Terms and Conditions Guidebook (PDF 540 KB) before you complete your application form to ensure you meet all requirements for eligibility. On the application you will be required to state that you have read, understand and agree to abide by all the requirements set out in the guide.

2. Download the fillable PDF application form.

To help complete your application, have the following information:

  • the participation registration number for the bee biosecurity training workshop that you completed
  • Premises Identification Number
  • number of full-time and part-time employees (less than 20 hours per week) hired by your beekeeping operatio

3. Applications, with required documentation, can be emailed to Manitoba Agriculture. Be sure to:

  • always save a copy of the completed application for your records
  • attach all required documents before sending
  • include your name, business or organization, contact information and the activity you are applying for in the body of the email

4. When your application is received, Manitoba Agriculture will assess your application. Once the application is assessed, you will receive a funding decision letter.

5. You must receive a funding decision letter before you start any work on your project. Applications for projects that were started before you received notification will not be accepted.

6.  Only costs paid out after the date on your funding decision letter will be reimbursed. Any expenses incurred before the project’s approval is received in writing, are ineligible, unless and except where otherwise expressly authorized in writing by the program administrator.

7. When your project is completed, submit a final report, including itemized receipts or other acceptable proof of payments to: When your project is completed, submit a final report, including itemized receipts or other acceptable proof of payments to:

Ag Action Manitoba – Program Administrator, 810 Phillips Street, Portage la Prairie MB R1N 4A4

8. Payment will be issued according to the schedule stated in the funding decision letter and upon meeting all the reporting requirements. 

9. An audit inspection of final work may occur before or after payment is issued.


This focus area is not currently accepting applications.


For information related to this focus area:

  • Email the program administrator.
  • Tel. No.: 1-844-769-6224

For information on bee biosecurity training webinars:


  • Producers cannot receive funding for the same or similar Assurance activity items received under Growing Forward 2. Priority for funding is given to farmers who have not previously participated in this focus area.
  • Applicants agree to participate in follow up surveys on the impact of the items purchased on their farm operations.