Damage to Honey Bee Colonies by Bear Compensation Program
The Damage to Honey Bee Colonies by Bears Compensation Program was established under the Livestock Poultry and Honey Bee Protection Act (Part II). This program which is administered by the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs, provides assistance to honey bee producers who suffer bear damage.
The purpose of the program is to encourage production of honey in Ontario by having beekeepers report damage caused by bears and by compensating them for losses suffered. Under the program, grants are paid to beekeepers for damage caused by bears to honey bee colonies and hive equipment.
Beekeepers who have suffered bear damage and want to apply for compensation under this program are required to promptly notify the Honey Bee Valuer for their region county or district or by calling Robin Chandra, Financial Officer of the Farm Finance Branch, OMAFRA at 1-888-466-2372 extension 6-3508.
Honey Bee Valuers appointed by OMAFRA for 2010/2011 along with their respective areas of operation (region/county or district) and contact information are listed as follows:
The following is a list of Honey Bee Valuers appointed by OMAFRA for the 2010/2011 fiscal year:
Elgin, Essex, Chatham-Kent, Lambton, Middlesex, Huron and Perth
Brant, Brantford, Waterloo, Wellington
Haldimand, Norfolk, Oxford
Halton, Hamilton, Niagara
Dufferin, Durham, Haliburton, Hastings, Kawartha Lakes, Peel, Peterborough, Prince Edward, Northumberland, Simcoe, Toronto, York
Frontenac, Lanark, Leeds and Grenville, Lennox/Addington, Ottawa, Prescott and Russell, Renfrew, The United Counties of Stormont, Dundas and Glengarry
Algoma, Greater Sudbury, Manitoulin, Muskoka, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Sudbury
Kenora, Rainy River
For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
Local: (519) 826-4047