Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program

Program Overview

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 Growing Forward 2, a federal, provincial and territorial initiative.

Reviews and Appeals

Eligibility

The program provides compensation for wildlife damage caused to:

  • Alpaca
  • Bison
  • Cattle
  • Donkey
  • Emu
  • Farmed deer
  • Farmed elk
  • Fur-bearing animal
  • Goat
  • Horse
  • Llama
  • Mule
  • Ostrich
  • Poultry
  • Rabbit
  • Rhea
  • Sheep
  • Swine
  • Beehives, bee colonies and beehive related equipment

For livestock and poultry, wildlife damage caused by:

  • Bear
  • Bobcat
  • Cougar
  • Coyote
  • Crow
  • Eagle
  • Elk
  • Fisher
  • Fox
  • Hawk
  • Lynx
  • Mink
  • Raccoon
  • Raven
  • Turkey vulture
  • Weasel
  • Wolf

For beehives, bee colonies and beehive related equipment, wildlife damage caused by:

  • Bear
  • Deer
  • Raccoon
  • Skunk

To be eligible for compensation, a producer must:

  • Be a sole proprietor, corporation, partnership or unincorporated association;
  • Have a valid Farm Business Registration number (FBR) or approved documentation issued by the ministry for new/retired farmers that do not qualify for an FBR number, or have a religious exemption approved by the Agriculture Food and Rural Affairs Appeal Tribunal or a confirmation letter provided by the Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario;
  • Have a Premises Identification number (available from the Provincial Premises Registry) or a confirmation letter provided by the Indian Agricultural Program of Ontario, unless a Premises Identification number is not available in that particular area;
  • The weight of poultry injured or killed must be more than 25 kilograms;
  • Must demonstrate to the valuer that reasonable effort has been taken to prevent incidences of wildlife damage to livestock, poultry, beehives, bee colonies or beehive related equipment to be eligible for a claim;
  • Apply for compensation under the program using the application form;
  • Be in compliance with and remain in compliance with all applicable federal, provincial and municipal laws; and
  • Fully cooperate in any audits that may be initiated in relation to any compensation the applicant receives under the program.

The program provides 100 per cent of the value of the loss up to the prescribed maximum compensation values.

For the list of maximum compensation values, please refer to Schedule A of the program guidelines

How to Apply

For Livestock and Poultry Damage in a Territory with Municipal Organization

Where the producer discovers that livestock or poultry has been injured or killed and to the best of the producer's knowledge and belief such injury or death was caused by wildlife, the producer shall notify the municipality within 48 hours of discovering the injury or death. Within 3 days of receiving notification, the valuer will make a full investigation and then submit a written report within 10 business days after receiving notification to the municipality, the producer and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs. Where it is determined that the claim is valid, the municipality is not liable to pay more than is required under the program guidelines.

If livestock and poultry damage is caused by a dog that is not habitually kept on the premises of the producer of livestock or poultry, the producer is not eligible for compensation through this program. If damage is caused by dogs, the local municipality will determine if compensation would be payable in accordance with the Protection of Livestock and Poultry from Dogs Act.

For Livestock and Poultry Damage in a Territory Without Municipal Organization

Where the producer discovers that livestock or poultry has been injured or killed and to the best of the producer's knowledge and belief such injury or death was caused by wildlife, the producer shall notify the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs within 48 hours of discovering the injury or death. Within 3 days of receiving notification, the valuer will make a full investigation and then submit a written report within 10 business days after receiving notification to the producer and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

For Beehive, Bee Colony or and Beehive Related Equipment

Where the producer discovers their beehive, bee colony and beehive related equipment has been damaged and to the best of the producer's knowledge and belief such damage was caused by wildlife, the producer shall notify the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs within 48 hours of discovering the damage. Within 3 days of receiving notification, the valuer will make a full investigation and then submit a written report within 10 business days after receiving notification to the producer and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.

Reviews and Appeals

Review Process

If a livestock/poultry owner, beekeeper, municipality or Program Administrator is dissatisfied with a report of a Municipal Valuer (known as the First Valuer), there is the option to request a review by a Second Valuer. The Second Valuer will complete a "second valuation" which will then replace the first report.

A written request for review of the First Valuer's report must be sent to the Program Administrator. The Program Administrator will select a Second Valuer to review the first report. The request must be made within 20 business days of the requestor receiving the first report. It must include an administrative fee of $25.00 payable to the Minister of Finance. The fee is returnable if the Second Valuer reaches a different conclusion than the First Valuer and the conclusion favours the requestor of the review.

*Please note:

The Second Valuer is responsible for conducting a full re-valuation of the claim, considering all facts in determining eligibility and making a decision. The decision of the Second Valuer may include adjusting compensation awarded by the First Valuer, either higher or lower and even denying the claim, whether or not any amount of compensation was previously allowed by the First Valuer.

For more details, see Reviews and Appeals section of the Program Guidelines -OR- the complete Program Guidelines.

Appeal Process

A livestock/poultry owner, beekeeper, municipality or Program Administrator who has received the report of a Second Valuer has the option to appeal to the Director, only if they did not request the Second Valuation. More details can be found in the Reviews and Appeals section of the Program Guidelines -OR - the complete Program Guidelines.

Program Inquiries

Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs
Rural Programs Branch
1 Stone Road West, 4th Floor NW, Guelph, ON N1G 4Y2
Telephone: 1-877-424-1300
e-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca

Additional information on the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program can be found in the Program Guidelines. Information on preventing wildlife damage can be found at www.ontario.ca/predation.


For more information:
Toll Free: 1-877-424-1300
E-mail: ag.info.omafra@ontario.ca
Author: Rural Programs Branch, OMAFRA
Creation Date: 30 June 2011
Last Reviewed: 08 September 2016