I am very pleased to report that the City of Mississauga will be taking important steps towards becoming a Bee City to help improve pollinator health and bee habitats within the community.
The City will be joining Bee City Canada, which is a program created to engage Canadian municipalities, First Nations, schools, businesses and other organizations to take action to protect pollinators. There are currently 23 official Bee-City municipalities across Canada including Toronto, Guelph and Newmarket.
For the City to be become a Bee City, Mississauga must commit to the following Bee City Canada requirements:
1) Creating Healthy Pollinator Habitats- The City will expand pollinator initiatives by planting pollinator-friendly plants in pollinator gardens and existing flower beds, planting native trees and shrubs through the One Million Trees program and work with residents to install solitary bee houses to support native pollinators.
2) Educate about Pollinators- Through the educational component of the One Million Trees program, pollinator-centred material will be enhanced to educate residents about the importance of pollinators and what they can do to enhance pollinator habitats in their own backyards.
3) Celebrate Pollinators- The City will use International Pollinator Week, third week of June, as a platform to celebrate pollinators and share the work that is being done to protect them in Mississauga.
The City currently has several pollinator projects, and projects that support pollinator habitats, happening within the community. These include the One Million Trees program, the 13 pollinator and community gardens as well as the honeybee hive on the roof of City Hall. Residents are also encouraged to create their own pollinator-friendly gardens at their homes to help support and protect pollinators. For more information on the Bee City designation, visit www.beecitycanada.org.