Pollinator Protection Initiative (PPI)

May 1, 2017 - The Canadian Aerial Applicators Association (CAAA) and Bee-Keeper Associations throughout Canada have access to a smart phone and desktop application that will help ensure the safety of bees. “BeeConnected” is a first of its kind geo-map based, user-driven communication and coordination tool to help protect Canada’s honeybee population. This world-first innovative communication tool enables communication between aerial applicators, beekeepers and farmers while ensuring personal privacy.

“BeeConnected” allows an aerial applicator to easily log the time and field location of a specific crop protection product application activity through a Google Maps-based platform with GPS capability. Beekeepers can use the same functions to log the present locations of their beehives. When a beehive is logged near the field requiring treatment, applicators are then connected with beekeepers within a specific geographical area. The automated notifications allow the two parties to chat further about their activities via a secure internal messaging service.

For some time now, the CAAA and Bee-Keeper Associations in Canada have been in consultation and remain engaged to improve an already world leading stewardship program to help protect Canada’s pollinators. When used responsibly and in accordance with approved label instructions, crop protection products do not pose a risk to honey bees. Canada’s aerial applicators and bee-keepers continue to cultivate their partnership and as a result, are able to provide local farmers with the tools they need -- to provide food security, availability and affordability to Canadian families and an ever increasing world population.

Mike Alarie (President)
Canadian Aerial Applicators Association

Update to Stakeholders on Unmanned Air Vehicles

Following the consultation on the Notice of Proposed Amendment for small Unmanned Air Vehicles (UAVs), weighing 25 kg or less and operated within visual line-of-sight, Transport Canada has been finalizing the policy and regulatory framework.

The Department is currently developing proposed regulations that are expected to be made public in the Canada Gazette, Part I in spring 2017. Stakeholders and Canadians will have the opportunity to provide comments as part of the consultation period.

At this time, the regulatory exemptions (exemption for under 2 kg / exemption for 2 kg to 25 kg) remain valid and will be updated prior to their current expiry date of December 16, 2016. For those that cannot meet the conditions of the exemptions, until such time as the final regulations are published, you can apply for a Special Flight Operations Certificate.

The full document is now available for download.