Why are 5 million acres of Ontario farmland insured under Production Insurance each year?
In a word:
Production Insurance protects Ontario producers from yield reductions and crop losses caused by factors beyond their control. Things like adverse weather, disease, wildlife and insect infestations.
When you enrol in Production Insurance for fresh market vegetables, yield basis, you are guaranteed a level of production. Your coverage is based on comparing your actual yields to an average of your historical yields for each crop. A claim may be paid if an insured peril causes your yield to fall below your guaranteed production.
On July 9, 2020, the governments of Canada and Ontario announced an enhancement to Production Insurance for eligible commodities in 2020 to help farmers manage challenges beyond their control. This coverage has been extended for the 2021 program year.
Production Insurance customers who suffer production loss caused by on-farm labour shortages due to COVID-19 will be insured for the 2020 and 2021 program years.
For more information about this coverage, see
Understanding Coverage for 2021 Labour Disruptions.
Production Insurance is part of the suite of programs available under the Canadian Agricultural Partnership. In most plans, producers pay 40 per cent of the total premium cost and none of the administrative cost. Together, the federal and provincial governments contribute the other 60 per cent. Administrative costs are fully funded by both levels of government.