Province changes rules for Livestock Compensation Program

Changes to the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program have been announced by the Province of Ontario to become effective April 1, 2012. The program provides financial assistance to producers whose livestock, poultry and honey bees have been damaged by wildlife. The Rural Affairs Office administers the program for the City of Ottawa.

Farmers wishing to make a claim in this program must now provide a Farm Business Registration number when calling 3-1-1 to report their livestock loss. Unregistered farms will no longer be eligible for the compensation program. 3-1-1 Contact Centre staff can only dispatch a Livestock Valuer to registered farms.

In addition, prior to receiving their compensation, participating farms will be required to obtain a Premises ID number from OnTrace at ontrace.ca or 1-888-388-7223.

Please visit the Ontario Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Rural Affairs website at ontario.ca/predator for information on the changes to the program. For information on processing claims visit the City’s Rural Affairs Office at ottawa.ca/rural or call 3-1-1.