Ontario Cutting Red Tape and Helping Farmers Receive Fair Compensation for Wildlife Damage to Livestock
September 10, 2018
Ontario's Government for the People is taking immediate action to ensure the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program works as it is intended to support farmers who lose livestock to predators. This is part of the government's mandate to cut red tape and reduce regulatory burden for businesses.
"We heard livestock farmers' concerns with the program so we're making the first changes effective immediately," said Ernie Hardeman, Minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. "We're also continuing to consult with farmers to ensure future changes we make are meaningful and effective."
Two changes to the program, which will apply to all claims assessed from September 4, 2018 onwards, are now in effect:
A number of stakeholder organizations provided feedback during the program review. Over the fall, Ontario will seek additional input and advice from the sector on:
"This government is committed to making changes that work for farmers, and we will address their concerns so the program works for farmers as intended," said Minister Hardeman. "This is one step of many to review programs to ensure they work for the people and do not add unnecessary regulatory burdens."
It is expected that a majority of program changes will be introduced in early 2019.
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