Trappers' Compensation Program

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The Alberta Trappers’ Compensation Program provides a framework to compensate operators of Registered Fur Management Areas for trapping business losses related to industrial activity on Crown lands, and cabins lost to naturally caused forest fires.

A seven-member board manages the program. The board is composed of members of the following organizations, and an independent chairperson of their choosing:

  • Alberta Forest Products Association
  • Alberta Trappers’ Association
  • Alberta Treaty Indian Trapping Community
  • Alberta Metis Trapping Community
  • ATCO Electric
  • Canadian Association of Petroleum Producers

The role of the board is as follows:

  • To review program specifications and make recommendations to program participants for adjustments to compensation rates, payment schedules, etc.
  • To review, adjust and settle trapper claims.
  • To mediate and resolve claim-related disputes.
  • To document undisputed claim settlements.
  • To review fund status, financial statements, submit annual reports and make recommendations for disbursement of funds to settle claims.

The Trappers’ Compensation Program recognizes claims in five categories:

  • Damage to trapper assets.
  • Theft, vandalism, and arson.
  • Temporary disruptions to normal trapping operations.
  • Long-term loss of income caused by industrial disturbances.
  • Cabins lost to naturally caused forest fires (funded by trappers)

To learn more about the Alberta Trappers’ Compensation Program, or to find out how to make a claim, visit:


Updated: Mar 30, 2017