Predation and Wildlife Damage

Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program

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

What's New

  • Outline of changes effective February 1, 2019
  • Training sessions for farmers and municipal investigators
  • Information and resources
  • Standardized pricing tables
  • Program guidelines
  • Program applications

Outline of changes effective February 1, 2019

Following consultations with farmers, farm organizations, municipal investigators, and predation experts, Ontario has updated the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program to ensure the program works as it is intended to support farmers who lose livestock, poultry, or bees to predators.

Updates include:

  • More ways to provide sufficient evidence
  • A more independent and transparent appeals process
  • Training for municipal investigators to assess predation
  • Standardized pricing and premiums to better reflect market prices

Announcement of program updates effective February 1, 2019

Note: Program updates are effective for applications with a predation date on or after February 1, 2019.

Some program changes already took effect as of September 4, 2018, including:

  • Separate pricing for steers and heifers
  • Updates to the Farm Business Registration requirement

Summary of 2019 Program Updates (PDF - 501 KB)

This summary will walk you through the new program updates to the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (OWDCP) that came into effect on February 1, 2019.

Announcement of program updates effective Sept. 10, 2018

Training for municipal investigators will begin in February 2019

Program Information and Resources

Standardized Valuation Tables (Updated January 2019)

Program Guidelines (Updated February 2019)

Note: The OWDCP will continue to pay 100 per cent of fair market value, including applicable premiums for registered or pregnant livestock, where reasonable evidence substantiates predation.

Program applications (Updated February 2019)

Note: The following forms should be used for applications with a predation date on or after February 1, 2019:

For applications with a predation date before February 1, 2019 please use the following forms:

General Predation Information

The OWDCP will continue to pay 100 per cent of fair market value, including applicable premiums for registered or pregnant livestock, where reasonable evidence substantiates predation.

Reasonable Care Plan

Predation on Livestock

Preventing Losses to Predators

Dealing with Deadstock

Background Information


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 09 January 2019
Last Reviewed: 11 February 2019