Government Provides Funding to Ontario Fur Managers Federation
The Ontario Government recognizes the important contribution the trapping industry makes to the province’s economy and sustainable management of Ontario’s wildlife.
Today John Yakabuski, Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry, announced that the government is investing $1.1 million in the Ontario Fur Managers Federation (OFMF) to support the administration of the Ministry’s trapping education program and licence services for Ontario’s trappers and trapping instructors.
“Trappers play a vital role in wildlife control in both rural and urban areas,” said Minister Yakabuski. “Our government’s investment will help the industry prosper and support jobs that benefit thousands of families across Ontario.”
Trapping is an effective wildlife management tool for regulating population numbers of furbearer species such as coyotes, beavers and raccoons. Trappers also play an important role in reducing human-wildlife conflicts such as damage to property as a result of flooding caused by beavers, and loss of livestock from predation by wolves and coyotes.
“Trapping is culturally significant for many people across our province,” said Minister Yakabuski. “For 400 years, the industry has used a plentiful natural resource in a sustainable and responsible manner.”
Ontario’s trapping regulations are considered among the strictest and most humane. The province’s trapper licensing and education requirements help to ensure Ontario’s compliance with international humane trapping standards.
- There are approximately 8,700 commercial trapping licences sold annually in Ontario.
- The OFMF has provided licence services and education for trappers since 1997.
- Under the Trapping Education Program, the OFMF provides administrative support to over 100 independent trapping instructors who provide mandatory training to approximately 800 individuals each year.
- The government’s new three-year contract with the OFMF extends from July 1, 2019 to June 30, 2022.