Ontario's Wildlife Damage Compensation Program
Completing a Program Application Form - A Resource for Bee Investigators

The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (OWDCP) provides compensation to eligible producers whose livestock and/or poultry have been injured or killed as a result of wildlife predation or whose bee colonies, beehives and/or beehive-related equipment has been damaged as a result of wildlife predation.

OMAFRA maintains its commitment to supporting industry growth and market competitiveness by limiting financial hardship to Ontario producers who have experienced loss or damages due to wildlife predation.

Application Submission Process and Timeline

  1. The owner must contact OMAFRA or a bee investigator within 48 hours of discovering damage to beehives, a bee colony and/or beehive-related equipment.
    • Owner is required to preserve the site and is encouraged to take colour photos.
  2. The investigator must conduct a thorough investigation and take colour photos within three (3) business days of having been notified. In the case that the bee investigator is unable to get to the attack site within three (3) business days they may instruct the beekeeper to collect the necessary site evidence.
    • The bee investigator must complete the program application based on the findings of their investigation. The bee investigator and owner must certify the documented information is true and accurate to the best of their knowledge and sign the application.
  3. The bee investigator must submit the completed application and all additional evidence to the owner and OMAFRA's Program Administrator, via the Veterinary Service Unit Administrative Service Representative within seven (7) business days of the on-site investigation/ collection of evidence.
    • Any additional evidence collected by the owner must be submitted to the bee investigator within the same seven (7) business days.

How To Complete The Application Form

Step 1 - Beekeeper Identification & Basic Eligibility Requirements

  • Have the Beekeeper complete Step One (1).

Step 2 - Bee Investigator Information

  • Fill in your contact information.

Step 3 - Description of Bee Colony, Hive and Equipment Damages

  • Indicate the type of damages being reported.
  • Fill in the damage/destruction date (date of the incident).
Description of damages/destruction
  • Include a complete description of all damages incurred by the bee colony, hive and or equipment.
  • Describe the location where the incident(s) occurred and provide a description of the incident site.
  • Attach additional sheet(s) if needed.
Photographic Evidence
  • Provide 3-6 digital colour photos per damaged beehive, bee colony, or piece of beehive-related equipment.
  • Photos of the location where the incident occurred are required (provide a broader perspective of the site).
  • If there are applicable photos taken by the owner that support the evidence you have collected, they will serve as additional evidence.
Declaration by the Bee Investigator
  • Indicate whether or not sufficient evidence exists to determine that the beehive, bee colony or beehive-related equipment was damaged due to wildlife.

Step 4 - Data Collection

  • The information reported in the table will be used to calculate the value of the damages incurred. The table must include:
    • Quantity of hives damaged
    • Total value of hives and equipment damaged
    • Quantity of bee colonies damaged
    • Total value of bee colonies damaged
    • Total value of compensation

Step 5 - Description of Predator

  • Identify the wildlife species. Consider the following:
    • Is it known to reside in the area?
    • Is it capable of inflicting the observed injuries/damages?
    • Is it an eligible wildlife species?
  • Outline relevant site evidence to support wildlife identification (e.g. tracks, droppings, type of damages incurred).

Step 6 - Reasonable Care

The following information will be used to assess whether reasonable efforts have been taken to prevent damage to the beehive, bee colony or beehive-related equipment:

  • Number of bee yards managed
  • Number of active beehives (in this yard)
  • Bee yard inspection frequency by owner
  • Health condition of bee colonies

Assess whether reasonable care was provided by the owner. Consider the following:

  • Efforts to mitigate predator damage are proportionate to the extent of predation occurring on the property, and increases in predation prevention measures have been demonstrated over time where it is reasonably required.
  • Owner has implemented some predator damage prevention measures (e.g. fencing, hunting, etc.).
  • Efforts are made to protect the beehive, bee colony or beehive-related equipment.

Step 7 - Beekeeper Declaration and Signature

The owner must sign the application which binds them to the terms and conditions of the program. The owner must also indicate whether or not they wish to provide additional evidence, which may not be currently available. Additional evidence or documentation must be provided within seven (7) business days of the investigation.

Step 8 - Submitting this Program Application

  • Ensure all sections of the application are complete.
  • All required supporting documents are provided.
  • Application has been signed by owner and bee investigator.
  • Additional evidence/ documentation from the owner will be provided within seven (7) business days (if applicable).
  • Bee investigators must submit a completed application to the Veterinary Service Unit Administrative Service Representative within seven (7) business days of concluding their investigation.
  • The Veterinary Service Unit will verify Beekeeper ID's for all applicants before submitting applications to the OWDCP Program Administrator by email (wildlife.damage@ontario.ca).

Step 9 - Bee Investigator Declaration and Signature

Certify that the information provided in the application is true and accurate to the best of your knowledge and sign the application.

Ineligible Applications:
  • Application is incomplete (e.g. owner has not met the program's requirements to document reasonable care).
  • Business Number/ Beekeeper ID is invalid and/or not associated with the applicant.
  • Ontario Provincial Premises Identification (PID) Number is missing or found to be invalid.
  • Insufficient evidence to determine cause of damage.
  • Predator species is not eligible.
  • Investigator indicated reasonable care measures were not implemented to prevent predation.

For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: OMAFRA Staff
Creation Date: 10 April 2017
Last Reviewed: 10 April 2017