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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:


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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:

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

Issues with your T4A slip

Contact the Service Canada Call Centre at 1-833-674-8283 (TTY: 1-800-465-7735) if:

Contact DFO at DFO.FHBGP-PPSP.MPO@dfo-mpo.gc.ca if:

Completion of the mandatory second Benefit application in 2021

To get your second Fish Harvester Benefit payment, you must:

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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