Support For New Program
The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation program is part of Growing Forward, a joint federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
To ensure the new program met the needs of farmers and other affected groups, a working group was launched in March to work on program implementation and provide additional opportunities for input on how the program should work.
"Sheep producers are very pleased to hear that the Ontario government has made revisions to the compensation program for livestock killed by predators. The industry consultative process put in place by Minister Mitchell has worked well. OSMA looks forward to future meetings with the Ministry to discuss improved techniques for the prevention of livestock predation."
- Chris Kennedy, Chair, Ontario Sheep Marketing Agency
"Conflicts with wildlife have been, and continue to be, a major issue for the Ontario Cattlemen's Association and our 19,000 members. We would like to thank Minister Carol Mitchell and the Ontario Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs for their hard work in consulting with and involving stakeholders in this issue. Particularly, we applaud the updated compensation program, the expansion of eligible livestock and eligible predators, and the commitment to increase the training of livestock valuers, all of which will work to provide a more streamlined, consistent, and market-reflective program. We're thrilled with this enhanced approach to the program."
- Curtis Royal, President, Ontario Cattlemen's Association
"Working with the Agriculture-Wildlife conflict working group has been a great opportunity for various agricultural commodities to voice their concerns and problems with wildlife and see results. Beekeepers will have a fair and workable compensation package for the damage and destruction they experience by wildlife (primarily black bears) within Ontario."
- Jim Coneybeare, Director, Ontario Beekeepers' Association
"OFA and its commodity partners welcome the announcement of an enhanced and updated livestock damage compensation program. We appreciate OMAFRA's commitment to develop and deliver the much-needed improvements to this program."
- Bette Jean Crews, President, Ontario Federation of Agriculture
"We applaud the Minster and her staff for updating and expanding the wildlife damage compensation program. The new compensation rates and the addition of more species are much more reasonable for farmers who have suffered damage."
- Lorne Small, Vice President, Christian Farmers Federation of Ontario
Guidelines and applications will be available on July, 1st at www.ontario.ca/predation