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Fish Harvester Benefit and Fish Harvester Grant Application. The Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Programme is delivering financial support to self-employed harvesters across the country who are facing hardships brought on by the economic impact of COVID-19. The Programme provides eligible indigenous and non-indigenous fish harvesters with the financial support they need right now, while also positioning the sector for a strong recovery in the long-term.

The Programme opened for applications on August 24th, and since then the Government has been listening to harvesters to ensure the Programme reaches as many eligible Canadians as possible. Today, we are pleased to announce that we are extending the application deadline by two weeks, with the online portal now closing on October 5th.

The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard said:

“Our Government has said since day one that we will always look at ways we can adapt our COVID-19 support programmes to ensure as many Canadians as possible can benefit from them. This extension means that all eligible harvesters, including those who have been on the water during their active season, have the same opportunity to apply and receive the financial support they need now. Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan has helped protect millions of jobs, provided emergency support to families, and kept businesses afloat throughout the pandemic. I encourage anyone who thinks they may be eligible for the Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant to visit the DFO website and learn how to apply.” 

The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development said:

“Since the beginning of the crisis, we have focused on providing Canadians with the support they need as they work together to contain the spread of COVID-19. I am proud to be part of today announcement and encourage every eligible harvester to apply for the Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant through a client focused, easy to use online application. Our agents are ready to help applicants, should they require additional assistance with their application”

Harvesters are encouraged to visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website www.dfo-mpo.gc.ca/harvesters-pecheurs to find guidance on eligibility and what documentation is required to complete the application process.

Applications are now being accepted until 6:00 p.m. EDT / 3 p.m. PDT on October 5th.