In a previous post which may be found
here, we discussed legislation tabled by the Ontario government
which would amend the province's production insurance regime
and had the potential to widen production insurance coverage to
allow livestock, dairy, poultry, and other producers to benefit
from coverage in the event of unexpected loss due to weather,
pests, and disease.
The Crop Insurance Act has enabled farmers to obtain
production insurance to insure an "agricultural crop or
perennial plant" through Agricorp, a Crown agency of the
Province of Ontario. The costs of the production insurance premiums
are shared by producers and the federal and provincial governments.
The use of the language "agriculture crop or perennial
plant" within the legislation excluded eligibility of coverage
to livestock, dairy, and poultry owners.
Bill 40, the Agriculture Insurance Act, amended the
title of the Crop Insurance Act (Ontario) to the
Agricultural Products Insurance Act, 1996. Bill 40 struck
out the language of the Crop Insurance Act (Ontario)
referring to "agricultural crops or perennial plants" and
substituted "agricultural products". The amendments
passed the Ontario Legislature and were proclaimed into force on
September 1, 2015.
Agricultural products which are eligible for production
insurance through Agricorp are named within one of the regulations
to the Agricultural Products Insurance Act. Bees, which
were previously ineligible for coverage, have been included in the
regulation. However, coverage through Agricorp is not yet available
for livestock, dairy, and poultry producers. A notice on the
Government on Ontario website states that the Ontario Ministry of
Agriculture, Food, and Rural Affairs is "committed to working
with the agricultural sector to explore the feasibility of
expanding eligibility to different agricultural products where
there is demand from industry to do so." As this time, it is
unknown when eligibility will be expanded so as to allow other
producers to apply.
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