January 29 - Please be advised that NBDC will not be receiving samples for processing between February 1 and March 31 as we adjust to shifts in capacity, accommodate the ongoing construction, and prepare for the opening of our new laboratory. From April 1 to June 30, we will be processing samples for a limited set of analysis (Nosema, Varroa, Tracheal mites, American Foulbrood, and European Foulbrood). Beginning July 1, we will resume the full comprehensive set of diagnostic services. We thank you for your patience as we make this exciting transition. Thank you for trusting us with the health of your hives -- we’re looking forward to serving you again from April 1!
GPRC is growing!
The College is excited for its National Bee Diagnostic Centre building expansion project, which will merge our lab space with Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada's and help us collaborate more closely with our partners. The expansion project, funded by the provincial and federal governments, will triple our lab space and our diagnostic capacity.
Quick Facts: NBDC-TAC Expansion Project
- The College’s NBDC-TAC offers diagnostic services to beekeeping professionals from across Canada.
- The $6 million expansion is made possible by funding from the federal and provincial governments (via the Strategic Investment Fund).
- The new space will be shared between NBDC-TAC and Agriculture and Agri-Food Canada (AAFC)’s bee production management program.
- Construction is expected to be complete by spring of 2018.
- Lab space will increase to 865 square metres, roughly tripling its current size.
- The expansion will allow us to triple capacity from 20,000 diagnostics per year to around 60,000.