The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (OWDCP) provides compensation to eligible producers whose livestock and/or poultry have been injured or killed as a result of wildlife predation or whose bee colonies, beehives and/or beehive related equipment has been damaged as a result of wildlife predation.
To be eligible for the program you must have:
-A valid Farm Business Registration (FBRN) number or a valid FBRN exemption (religious, gross farm income or cultural exemption for Indigenous producers).
-A valid Ontario Premises Identification (PID) number for the farm property where the damage or kill occurred. To obtain one immediately, visit www.ontarioppr.com or call 1-855-697-7743.
What should you do if you find injured/killed livestock?
-Contact the Centre Wellington Municipal Livestock Investigator immediately, Lynda Richardson 519-787-0913
-Immediately seek veterinary care or other treatment to prevent further suffering if an animal sustains an injury. Veterinary care costs are eligible under this program up to the Fair Market Value of the livestock. All receipts and invoices should be saved and submitted with the application.
-If the livestock/poultry is deceased, preserve the carcass(es) and kill/injury site until the municipal investigator has seen them and agrees that they can be destroyed or disposed of.
-Taking colour photos of the injuries and/or wounds sustained and the location where the carcass was found is recommended. These photos can be submitted as additional evidence and will be included as owner-supplied photos. These will be used in the review process as long as the pictures align with the evidence gathered by the municipal investigator.
For more information on the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program visit the Ministry of Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs website.
Overview of OWDCP Program Updates 2017: The presentation is intended for Municipal staff, Municipal/Territorial Investigators who are involved in the delivery of the OWDCP, and Livestock/Poultry Owners who can apply to the program. This presentation will walk through the updates to the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation program (OWDCP), that came into effect on January 1st, 2017 .