Updates to the Commodity Loan Guarantee Program and Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program
Commodity Loan Guarantee Program
The Commodity Loan Guarantee Program supports farmers by providing access to short-term operating loans for the purchase of crop input supplies, such as seed, fertilizer, and pesticides. It is administered on behalf of the Ministry by the Agricultural Credit Corporation. Under the program, qualifying farmers can borrow up to $750,000.
Extended deadline and higher maximum guaranteed loan limit
To help corn farmers affected by abnormally high levels of Deoxynivalenol (DON) in this year's corn crop, the Ontario government is extending the Commodity Loan Guarantee Program (CLGP) repayment deadline from February 28 to September 30 for the 2018 and 2019 program years, on a pilot basis. This will assist farmers who have not yet marketed their crop due to DON levels. For the 2019 and 2020 program years, the government is also increasing the maximum guaranteed loan limit under the CLGP from $120 million to $200 million, on a pilot basis.
Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program
The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program provides financial assistance to farmers whose livestock or poultry has been killed or injured as a result of wildlife predation or whose bee colonies, beehives or beehive-related equipment have been damaged by wildlife. It is part of the Canadian Agricultural Partnership, a federal-provincial-territorial initiative.
More ways to provide sufficient evidence
The program is now allowing more types of evidence to be considered when evaluating an application. For example, secondary evidence, such as herd behaviour and evidence of a predator at the site, like scat or tracks, can now be used to demonstrate wildlife predation. This is in addition to, primary evidence, such as blood and signs of tissue damage. Applicants still need to provide strong evidence that will be assessed against program criteria.
A more independent and transparent appeal process
Under the new appeal process, an external group of individuals with predation and livestock expertise will provide non-binding recommendations to the Ministry for consideration and final decision. This group is part of the Business Risk Management Review Committee. In addition, the grounds for appeal were clarified in the program guidelines and reviews will be limited to the issues identified by the applicant in their appeal request.
Training for municipal investigators to assess predation
Municipal investigators play a vital role in program delivery. Updated training and tools for municipal investigators will be delivered to ensure they are equipped to investigate incidences of livestock and poultry predation. The application form has been changed to make it more user-friendly and to support municipal investigators in the evidence-gathering process.
Compensation to better reflect market prices
Standardized pricing adjustments have been made to ensure compensation aligns with available market prices. Detailed revised pricing adjustments can be found on the Ministry's website.
Updates effective February 1, 2019
Updates to providing sufficient evidence, the appeal process and standardized pricing and premiums are effective for applications where predation is discovered on or after February 1, 2019. Changes are not retroactive.
Resources and tip sheets are posted on the Ministry's website.