Ontario updates wildlife compensation program, again

Ontario’s provincial government, in partnership with the federal government, has announced updates to the  Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program.

The compensation program was significantly changed under the previous Liberal provincial government, leading to a dramatic increase in rejected claims, higher fees, and much longer wait times to receive approved compensation.

After consulting with farmers and farming industry groups, the province announced changes to help farmers access compensation when they lose livestock to predators. The federal/provincial program includes:

  • More ways to provide sufficient evidence to prove wildlife predation;
  • A more independent and transparent appeal process;
  • Better training for municipal investigators to assess predation; and,
  • Compensation that better reflects market prices.

The program is funded in part by the federal-provincial Canadian Agricultural Partnership.

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