Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (OWDCP)

The Township of Southgate provides a service to provide relief to farmers that have lost livestock due to animal attacks.
The Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program (OWDCP) provides financial assistance to owners whose livestock, poultry and/ or honey bees have been damaged or killed by wildlife.  The OWDCP is part of Growing Forward 2 (GF2), a five-year, $1.5 billion federal-provincial-territorial funding program launched in 2013.  GF2 supports our agri-food and agri-products sector by encouraging innovation, competitiveness and market development alongside business risk management assistance.
If a farmer discovers that one of their farm animals has died, the animal should not be touched and the surrounding area should be left undisturbed. The farmer must immediately contact one of our Township Livestock Inspectors:
  • Ted Acheson: 519-923-5062
  • Jim Rice: 519-923-6031
The Livestock Inspector will determine the type of kill involved and obtain any other necessary information as required. When the on-site evaluation is completed, the livestock producer (or Livestock Inspector) must then submit the required documentation to the Township Office for processing. The Township of Southgate will then submit the claim to OMAFRA for consideration and carryout the process for reimbursement if applicable. 
Maximum amounts of compensation are regulated and a fact sheet regarding this program can be found on the website for the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs (OMAFRA).
Please note that in order to have an application approved by OMAFRA, all blank fields must be completed accurately.  It is the responsibility of the livestock producer to ensure this.  Specifically, a premises identification number is required. If you do not have a premises identification number, it can be obtained by visiting the Provincial Premises Registry webpage or by calling 1-855-697-7743.  
For additional information, contact Josh Brick by calling 519-923-2110 ext. 222 or emailing jbrick@southgate.ca.
The Town Appointed Livestock Valuers duties include:
  • Investigators are responsible for conducting an investigation, assessing the extent and amount of damage and determine an award regarding livestock claims. The compensation is limited to a maximum dollar value for each class of livestock as stated by regulation. 
  • The calculation of the award is generally based on an estimate of the weight of the animal and the current market price. 
  • Investigators must determine the type of predator responsible for the losses. 
  • The Investigator must state clearly all the specific evidence that led him/her to conclude that wildlife was responsible for the loss/damage. The Investigator is expected to list all of the particulars that lead to the conclusions of the cause of death, the predator which caused the damage, and the assessment of reasonable care having been taken.
  • The Investigator is expected to estimate the live weight of the animal killed or injured and compensation based on market value of the animal involved.
For more information on predation on livestock, preventing losses to predators, crop damage, dealing with dead stock and the Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program, click here
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