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Appeals

If you receive an overpayment letter or you receive a payment that is less than expected, you have the right to appeal the decision. You have 30 days to submit your appeal and all additional documents needed to support your appeal, from the date of your decision letter or from the date you received your payment.

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Reasons for an appeal

If you received an overpayment letter, please refer to the Decision Reference Number. You will find the Decision Reference Number (starting with “FH00”) following the decision paragraphs in your letter. There may be more than one.

You may appeal the Fish Harvester Benefit and Grant Program decision for the following reasons.

  1. You received an overpayment decision letter indicating that you did not report self-employed fishing income to the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) in your reference year, 2018 or 2019 (FH001).

    • Requirement to appeal
      • You must demonstrate that you reported fishing income to the CRA for the reference year you selected during your first application (2018 or 2019Footnote 1).
  2. You received an overpayment decision letter indicating that your self-employed fishing income reported to the CRA in 2018 or 2019 did not meet the minimum threshold of $2,500 required to qualify for the Benefit and/or $5,000 required to qualify for the Grant (FH002).

    • Requirement to appeal
      • You must demonstrate that you submitted fishing income to the CRAFootnote 1 that meets the $2,500 threshold for the benefit and/or the $5,000 threshold for the grant.
  3. You received an overpayment decision letter indicating that based on your self-employed fishing income in 2018 or 2019, and 2020, as well as your actual 2020 expenses reported to the CRA, you received a Grant in excess of what you are eligible to receive (FH003).

    • Requirement to appeal
      • You must demonstrate that the self-employed fishing income and expenses you reported to the CRAFootnote 1 are such that your grant payment should have been higher.
  4. You received an overpayment decision letter indicating that based on your self-employed fishing income reported to the CRA in 2018 or 2019, and 2020, you did not meet the minimum 25% loss threshold that was required to be eligible for the Benefit, or your actual loss was less than what you estimated (FH004).

    • Requirement to appeal
      • You must demonstrate that based on your self-employed fishing income as reported to the CRAFootnote 1, you meet the threshold and your entitlement should be higher.  
  5. You received an overpayment decision letter indicating that you were not eligible because you applied for the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy and/or the Canada Emergency Business Account (FH005).

    • Requirement to appeal
      • You must demonstrate that did not apply to these programs or similar programs.
  6. You received an overpayment decision letter indicating that you did not submit your mandatory second application before the closing of the application period in the fall 2021 (FH006).

    • Requirement to appeal
      • You must demonstrate that you made your second application by the closing date.
  7. You received a payment that is lower than expected.

    • Requirement to appeal
      • You must demonstrate that based on your self-employed fishing income as reported to the CRAFootnote 1, your entitlement should be higher.  

Documents needed to support your appeal

Reasons why an appeal will not be approved

Process to present an appeal

The appeal process is in two steps:

  1. Over the Phone Verifications with Service Canada

    Contact the Service Canada Call Centre at 1-833-674-8283 (TTY: 1-800-465-7735) to discuss your payment/overpayment. Please have ready your overpayment letter and your 2018 or 2019 (based on the year used during your original application) and 2020 tax records when contacting Service Canada.

    The agent will be able to verify the details of your application and provide information on how your payment/overpayment was calculated. In some cases, an agent may need to call you back if a more detailed discussion is required to address your concerns.

  2. Written appeal to DFO

    If there are outstanding issues that could not be resolved during the first step, Service Canada will inform DFO of your intent to appeal.

    DFO will contact you by email within 5 business days and will request that you submit documentation in support of your appeal. You will have 10 days or until the end of your initial 30 days appeal deadline (whichever is the latest) to submit the required information and documents.

    Once you have provided all your required documents to DFO, your appeal will be reviewed within 30 days. DFO will provide you with a written final decision on the status of your appeal.

    Do not send a payment for your overpayment until you receive DFO’s final decision.

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