The Township administers the provincial Ontario Wildlife Damage Compensation Program. The purpose of this program is to provide compensation to eligible applicants whose livestock and /or poultry have been injured or killed as a result of wildlife or whose bee colonies, beehives and/or beehive related equipment have been damaged as a result of wildlife. Funding for the program is provided by the Ministry of Agriculture, Food and Rural Affairs.
Township Council is responsible for appointing Municipal-Valuers for the purposes of the program and for paying an applicants claim under the program in accordance with the terms and conditions set out by the province.
Where the owner of livestock or poultry discovers that any of the owner’s livestock or poultry has been injured or killed and to the best of the owner’s knowledge and belief such injury or death was caused by wildlife, the owner must contact the municipality within 48 hours of discovering the injury or death.
The municipal clerk will then immediately notify the Municipal-Valuer for the municipality. The Municipal-Valuer will carry out a full investigation within 3 days of receiving notification from the municipal clerk. The Municipal-Valuer will then prepare a report with a recommendation for consideration by Council. It should be noted that injuries or deaths caused by dogs are not eligible for compensation under this program.