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.
Program Information and Resources
- Tips for Producers
- Tips for Municipalities
- Tips for Investigators
- Tips for Beekeepers
- Tips for Bee Investigators
- Steps to Make a Claim
Standardized Valuation Tables
In keeping with Ontario's Open Data Directive, the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program's standardized valuation tables have moved to the Ontario Data Catalogue. While the look and location will be different, the data remains the same.
- Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program Guidelines, effective January 1, 2021
- Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program Guidelines, February 1, 2019 to December 31, 2020
Note: The OWDCP to pays 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)
Training for Municipal Investigators
- Training resources for Municipal Investigators are now available online. To request access to these training resources, please complete: Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program Investigator Training Resources Request Form or contact the Agriculture Information Contact Centre (1-877-424-1300)
- Contact us to request copies of the information session presentations.
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
- Family Dogs Terrorize Sheep (Order No. 02-029)
- How to Differentiate Between Coyote and Dog Predation on Sheep
Preventing Losses to Predators
- Fencing Options in Predator Control (Order No. 02-053)
- Guidelines For Using Donkeys As Guard Animals With Sheep
- Management Practices Can Influence Predation
- Never Cry Wolf – Protect your herd from predators!
- Living with Wolves
- Livestock Guardian Dogs and Their Care in Winter (Order No. 10-033)
Dealing with Deadstock
- Deadstock Disposal Information (including approved methods and regulations)
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.
- 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
For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300