Ontario's Wildlife Damage Compensation Program
A Guide for Beekeepers

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.

Can I Apply for the Program?

In order to be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Have a Canada Revenue Agency business number.
  • Have a valid Beekeeper ID number registered under the Bees Act.
  • Have a valid Ontario Premises Identification (PID) number for the farm property where the damage occurred (visit the following website www.ontarioppr.com or call 1-855-697-7743) or a confirmation letter provided by the Indian Agriculture Program of Ontario (IAPO).

What Should I do if I Find Damaged Bee Colonies, Beehives and/or Beehive-Related Equipment?

  • Immediately contact OMAFRA (1-877-424-1300) or a bee investigator within two (2) business days.
  • Preserve the damage site until the bee investigator has seen the evidence and has granted permission to move, destroy or dispose of the bee colonies, beehives and/or beehive related equipment.
  • Taking colour photos of the damages and the surrounding area is recommended. These photos can be submitted as additional evidence and will be included as owner-supplied photos. These will be used in the review process as long as the pictures align with the evidence gathered by the bee investigator.

What Can I Expect From The Bee Investigator?

  • The bee investigator will be on your premises to perform a detailed investigation within three (3) business days of contacting OMAFRA or a bee investigator.
    • 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 photographic evidence. If this is the case, the evidence gathered by the owner must be provided to the bee investigator within the same 3 business day period.
  • The investigator will collect data required to satisfy eligibility requirements such as Beekeeper ID and PID number.
  • The bee investigator will focus on collecting evidence to determine:
    • The likelihood that the damages were caused by an eligible predator.
    • Presence of the damaged bee colonies, beehives and/or beehive related equipment.
    • Signs of an eligible predator being present at the time of the attack.
    • Reasonable care measures have been taken by the beekeeper (owner).

What Happens After my Application is Submitted?

  • OMAFRA will assess the application for:
    • Completeness
    • Eligibility
    • Evidence of predation
    • Reasonable care
  • The Ministry will provide you with a letter indicating result of your application assessment and the value assigned to your application (if applicable).
  • You have 20 business days to appeal the decision.
  • If you do not request an appeal of the decision letter, the Ministry will transfer the assigned funds to you.

Am I Demonstrating Reasonable Care?

Beekeepers should employ recommended predation prevention practices outlined in Ministry and industry resources. Some recommended practices include:

  • Supervision
  • Repellents
  • Fencing
  • Moving bee colonies and beehives to less vulnerable areas

Refer to "reasonable care" section of the Program Guidelines for further details.

Follow These Steps After Finding Damaged Bee Colonies, Beehives and/or Beehive-Related Equipment

The beekeeper is responsible for four (4) critical steps to ensure that acceptable evidence is provided to the Ministry and to meet eligibility criteria requirements for the program.

1. Notify

  • Notify OMAFRA (1-877-424-1300) or a bee investigator within two (2) business days of discovering damage to a beehive, bee colony and/or beehive-related equipment.

2. Preserve

  • Preserve the damage site until the bee investigator has seen the damages and agrees it can be moved, destroyed or disposed of.
  • Suggested methods of preserving the site include: avoid walking in or around the area, placing a tarp over the damages, and taking detailed photos of the scene.

3. Prepare

  • Retrieve the following information and have them ready for the bee investigator. They are the following:
    • A valid CRA business number.
    • A valid Beekeeper ID registered under the Bees Act.
    • A valid PID number for the farm property where the damage occurred.
    • Take photos of the damages if possible.

4. Complete & Sign

  • When the bee investigator arrives, provide as much relevant information as possible and complete the first page of the application form requesting contact information, CRA business number, Beekeeper ID and PID.
  • After the bee investigator has collected and documented evidence the beekeeper needs to sign the application form to attest the evidence provided is correct.
  • If you are submitting additional evidence, check the box indicating this.

For more information please refer to the complete program guidelines available at: www.ontario.ca/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