August 5, 2021
August 5, 2021
Ottawa, Ontario - Over the past year, COVID-19 has created unique challenges for Canadian fish harvesters who are the economic backbone of many Canadian coastal and rural communities. The Government of Canada recognizes these challenges and the importance of a strong fish and seafood sector, so that harvesters can continue to provide food for Canadians and support their families and communities.
Today, the Government of Canada announced the opening of the application process for the second phase of benefit payments under the Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program. This Program helps eligible self-employed fish harvesters — who were not eligible for other financial relief programs — access critical support in dealing with the financial burdens of COVID-19.
Since May 2020, more than 18,000 fish harvesters and their families — across every Canadian province and territory — have benefitted from the Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program.
The application process for the second phase of benefits is for all those who qualified for an initial Fish Harvester Benefit payment. This application process closes on October 1st, 2021. Indigenous and non-Indigenous applicants can visit the Fisheries and Oceans Canada website for more information about the Program, to see what they need to provide to confirm their eligibility and to apply for their second round of payments.
This second payment will help to ensure that Canada’s fish harvesters continue to receive the financial support they need for a strong economic recovery in the fishing sector.
“Last year, the Government of Canada took immediate action to ensure Canada’s hard-working fish harvesters had access to financial support to keep their employees on payroll and their business operations going. The Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program saw great success, helping more than 18,000 fish harvesters from every province and territory. By investing in our fisheries, we’re investing in the families and coastal communities that rely on them, and helping push Canada toward a strong, economic recovery.”
The Honourable Bernadette Jordan, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
“A strong economic recovery in the fishing sector depends on the hard work of our fish harvesters. With the opening of the second phase of benefits under the Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program delivered through Service Canada, we are reaffirming our commitment to Canada’s fish harvesters and are ensuring that they can continue to receive critical support in an expedient manner to provide support in the face of the unique challenges they continue to face as a result of COVID-19.”
The Honourable Ahmed Hussen, Minister of Families, Children and Social Development
Office of the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard
Fisheries and Oceans Canada