Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program
Current status: Second benefit payment application period to open in late spring 2021
Please be advised that Service Canada is delivering the Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program on behalf of Fisheries and Oceans Canada. This includes:
- processing applications
- issuing payments
- mailing out tax slips
On this page
- T4A slips for 2020 tax year
- Issues with your T4A slip
- Completion of the mandatory second Benefit application in 2021
T4A slips for 2020 tax year
The Fish Harvester Benefit and the Fish Harvester Grant are taxable and are to be reported by harvesters in their personal income tax.
Since this program is aimed at supporting individuals, T4A slips are issued in the name of the individual who applied even if they used fishing income figures from an incorporated business in their application.
Indigenous harvesters that are exempt from tax under the Indian Act and that received a T4A showing the benefit and grant as taxable income need to complete the Form T90, Income Exempt From Tax Under the Indian Act.
Receiving your T4A slips
If the Benefit and/or the Grant were issued before December 31, 2020, you will receive:
- a T4A slip
- a T4A slip and RL-1 slip, if you are a Quebec resident
Service Canada issued the T4A slips by February 28, 2021. Mail delivery of your T4A may take up to 10 business days, though there may be additional delays due to COVID-19.
Finding your T4A slips online
- You may access your T4A information online from the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) My Account.
- Quebec harvesters may access their RL1 information online from their Revenu Québec My Account
Issues with your T4A slip
Contact the Service Canada Call Centre at 1-833-674-8283 (TTY: 1-800-465-7735) if:
- you still do not have your T4A slip information after mid-March
- your T4A slip shows incorrect amounts
- your T4A slip shows incorrect personal information
Contact DFO at DFO.FHBGP-PPSP.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca if:
- you did not apply for the Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program, but received a T4A slip to that effect
Completion of the mandatory second Benefit application in 2021
To get your second Fish Harvester Benefit payment, you must:
- re-apply for the benefit between late spring 2021 and October 1, 2021
Applicants who received the first payment of the Fish Harvester Benefit are required to submit a second application in 2021. If you do not re-apply during this period, we will consider your first payment an overpayment and you will need to repay it to the Government of Canada.
- complete your 2020 taxes as soon as possible
You must receive your 2020 Notice of Assessment from the Canada Revenue Agency prior to re‑applying. We use this information to calculate your actual self-employed fishing income losses in 2020.
Once we receive your second application, if eligible, you should get your second benefit payment by end of November 2021.
The maximum combined benefit amount of the first and second payments is $10,164.
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