Predation and Wildlife Damage

Provide your feedback on program changes

Ontario is seeking feedback from farmers, municipal investigators and members of the public on key areas for improvement of the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. A short survey is now available to get feedback. Comments are due by November 21, 2018.

Feedback is sought on the following key areas:

  • Sufficient evidence standards used to demonstrate wildlife predation
  • Resources and tools to support farmers and municipalities
  • Alignment of compensation values with market prices
  • Appeals process

The government will review and analyze the comments received to identify how best to improve the program.

Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program

Predation on Livestock

Preventing Losses to Predators

Crop Damage

Dealing with Deadstock

Background Information

Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program

The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (OWDCP) provides financial assistance to producers whose livestock, poultry or honey bees have been damaged or killed by wildlife. The OWDCP is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative.

Program Information:

Announcement of Program Updates effective September 4, 2018 for OWDCP

  • The government is committed to making changes that work for farmers. Two changes to the program, which apply to all claims assessed from September 4, 2018 onwards, are now in effect:
    • The Farm Business Registration Number (FBRN) requirement has been updated to allow applicants to apply for the program compensation if they have a valid FBRN number in the current or the previous calendar year, or have a valid FBRN exemption.
    • The standardized pricing methodology has been updated to provide separate pricing for steers and heifers.
  • Over the fall, Ontario will seek additional input and advice from the sector on additional program updates.

Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program Guidelines (effective September 2018)

Information and Resources:

Standardized Valuation Tables:

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 09 January 2019
Last Reviewed: 09 January 2019