Ontario’s government, in conjunction with the federal government, has announced updates to the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (OWDCP).
The updated OWDCP will clearly define the requirements farmers need to meet to receive compensation for losses of livestock, poultry, and bees/hives. The OWDCP is part of the GrowingForward 2 program.
Changes are said to be designed to ensure a more consistent, transparent and timely appeals process and compensation when animals are injured or killed by predatory wildlife. Also, the revamped program will feature a single-stage appeal process to “provide clarity for farmers and help expedite compensation.”
Effective January 1, 2017, standardized compensation rates for animals, bee colonies and hives will be the same for all farmers across the province. Compensation will based on the average price a farmer would receive in the open market for an animal with similar characteristics, such as age and weight.