Every year hundreds of men from Central America and the Philippines come under the Temporary Foreign Worker Program to work as beekeepers in northern Alberta. In 2018 Canada produced $196,600,000 worth of honey. The industry indirectly contributes billions to other sectors such as bee-pollinated crops. Alberta alone produces up to 45 per cent of the nation’s honey. The Peace River Country, known for long, warm summer days, cool nights and abundant clover fields, is a well-established area for honey production. Workers can send up to 70 per cent of their income back home by minimizing their personal expenses.
Guillaume Nolet returned to school in photojournalism after more than a decade as a petroleum geologist, and interned with Canadian Geographic. He now works as a freelance photographer documenting society. He lives in Calgary with his wife and son. You can view more of his work on his website http://www.guillaumenolet.com/.