Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program

Current status: Closed

The application period ran from August 24, 2020, to October 19, 2020 (6 p.m. Eastern Time).

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Overview

On May 14, 2020, the Prime Minister announced the creation of measures to support Canada’s fish harvesters who are feeling the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures are the Fish Harvester Benefit and Fish Harvester Grant. Information on this program, who can apply, and what information is required is provided below.

Successful applicants will receive immediate notification of their payment(s) amount and their first payment will be deposited in their bank accounts within 5 business days following their application. Payments by cheques will also be issued within 5 business days with delivery of cheques subject to regular mail delivery timelines.

Fish Harvester Benefit

The Fish Harvester Benefit offers income support to self-employed fish harvesters and sharepersons. The benefit covers up to 75% of income losses beyond a 25% threshold for the 2020 tax year when compared to 2018 or 2019. The maximum benefit is $10,164.

Who is eligible?

The following are eligible for the Fish Harvester Benefit:

Who is not eligible?

The following are not eligible for the Fish Harvester Benefit:

Please refer to the COVID-19: Information for industry, Indigenous peoples, and other partners to learn about other supports that may apply to you.

What information will I need to provide?

Individuals applying for the Fish Harvester Benefit need to ensure that they have the following information available :

Fish Harvester Grant

The Fish Harvester Grant is a non-repayable grant to self-employed fish harvesters with a valid commercial fishing licence in 2020 (issued by DFO or their Province or Territory for freshwater commercial harvesters). The Grant provides a maximum non-repayable support of up to $10,000, dependent on the level of the fish harvesters’ historic fishing revenue in 2018 or 2019.

Who is eligible?

The following are eligible for the Fish Harvester Grant:

Additional criteria for the Fish Harvester Grant:

Who is not eligible?

The following are not eligible for the Fish Harvester Grant:

Please refer to the COVID-19: Information for industry, Indigenous peoples, and other partners to learn about other supports that may apply to you.

What information will I need to provide?

Individuals applying for the Fish Harvester Grant need to ensure that they have the following information available:

Contact us for help

We recommend that fish harvesters consult the Frequently Asked Questions before contacting Service Canada’s call centre.

Individuals who submitted an application before the closing of the application period on October 19, 2020, and that have pending issues, Service Canada continues to process these applications. If you have not heard from or received a payment by October 30, 2020, Service Canada’s call centre is available to assist:

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