Ice Assistance Emergency Program

This program is now closed.

The deadline to submit an application was August 4th, 2017. Applications postmarked after this date won't be accepted.

The Ice Assistance Emergency Program has been developed to reduce the economic hardship faced by fishers in parts of Quebec, and Newfoundland and Labrador.

Fishers who are unable to fish due to unseasonably severe ice conditions may be eligible for the program once their 2017 employment insurance (EI) fishing benefits claim has ended.

A maximum of $5 million has been allocated for grant payments up to a 6 week periods. This reflects the time between the typical season opening and the date when ice conditions are expected to improve enough to fish.

Areas and periods covered by the program

Geographic boundaries and program periods were as follows.

Eligible ice affected areas Program period (6 weeks)
Trinity Bay (Grates Cove to Cape Bonavista) May 7 to June 17
Bonavista Bay (Cape Bonavista to Cape Freels) May 7 to June 17
Notre Dame Bay and Fogo Island area (Cape Freels to New Bay Head) May 7 to June 17
Green Bay (New Bay Head to Cape St. John) May 7 to June 17
White Bay North (Cape St. John to Cape Bauld) May 7 to June 17
North part of the Northern Peninsula  (Cape Bauld to Ferolle Point) May 7 to June 17
Quebec Lower North Shore (Blanc-Sablon to Kegaska) May 7 to June 17
Labrador Straits (Blanc-Sablon to Cape St. Charles) May 7 to June 17
Conception Bay (Grates Point to Western Bay Head, and harvesters who fish on enterprises licensed to fish crab in the 6B Outer Area) May 7 to June 17
Labrador (North of Cape St. Charles) May 28 to July 8


Any payment you receive under this program is taxable. However, income tax was not deducted at source from these grants. A taxation information slip will be issued in February 2018. The amount of the grant must be reported on your income tax return for 2017.

For Quebec residents, RL-1 slips (employment and other income) will also be issued.

Employment insurance

The Ice Assistance Emergency Program is not an extension of EI.

Any payment received under the program can't be used to establish a future EI claim.

Review of denied applications

If you’re denied ice assistance benefits, you may apply for an eligibility review. To do so, you must:

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