​​                                 United Fishermen's Benefit Fund - Benefits

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                              General description of the Benefit and to Download or Print the appropriate form


         Need more information or assistance?  Call the Benefit Fund 604 519 3634 or

  • United Fishermen's Benefit Fund Coverage Leaflet

  •                       - for you and your dependents

  •                                  -  coverage for drugs, glasses, hearing aids, physiotherapy etc

  •                        - to help cover costs

  •                                    -  to assist with travel costs for out of town medical treatment

  •                                     -  due to illness, maternity or accident not covered by WCB or ICBC

  •                          -  to help with the loss of personal items

  •                           - to assist your family

  •                              - to help you

  •                          - if you miss a season - you can apply for sick credits instead of paying dues

In 1947, reduction Herring fishermen decided to form a Herring Welfare Fund.  In 1948, the Pilchard and Herring Fishermen and Tendermen Welfare Fund was created to ensure that the commercial fishermen, tendermen and their families had a Benefit Plan that would help them financially for medical expenses.

The Salmon Welfare Fund was created In 1949 by the Native Brotherhood of B.C., the Union  and the Vessel Owners.  The Tendermen’s Welfare Fund was first negotiated in 1954.

In 1957, the halibut fleet created the Longliner Welfare Fund.   The LWF was funded by contributions specified in the Longline Agreements between the UFAWU and the Vessel Owners Association and between the UFAWU and BC Packers and other Fish Companies.

 By 1969, fishermen decided to amalgamate the Pilchard & Herring Welfare Fund, the Salmon  Welfare Fund and the  Longliners Welfare Funds to form the “United Fishermen’s Welfare Fund”.   In 1984 the Fund was renamed the “United Fishermen’s Benefit Fund”.

The Fund remains under the direction of trustees elected by UFAWU-Unifor, the Native Brotherhood of B.C. and the Canoe Pass Co-op.


                                           FISHERMEN and TENDERMEN



If you  haveretired, are 60 years or older, and you have 10 years of continuous UFAWU membership, you can apply for your Honourary Membership within 1 year of retiring.

UFAWU-Unifor Honourary Membership Dues are
$36 per year

One of the Benefits of being an Honourary Member is your eligibility for

Retired members pay an
annual fee for Dental, Extended Health, Hospital, Travel Assistance and Funeral Benefits.

Retired Members
A member shall remain eligible for benefits after retirement where:
a)  the member retires at the age of 60 or older from the fishing industry, and

b)  been a member of the Fund and eligible for benefits for 10 of the 12 years previous to retirement, and

c)  remains retired from gainful employment and
d)  continues to pay membership dues to the UFAWU-Unifor, the NBBC or the FVOA and the Fund is so notified,

e)  pays an annual fee of $375 for benefits for the member only and $750 for the member, spouse and/or eligible dependents.


  •                              -  to help with your dental costs 

  •                                  -  to assist with coverage for drugs, physio, glasses, hearing aids etc.

  •                       -  helps with hospital costs

  •                                   - to assist with out of town medical travel costs

  •                        - helps your family out

           CLICK         on a button above for more information  --  and download or print your form

Non-agreement fishermen can also be covered under certain conditions.  Call the Fishermen's Benefit Fund or the Union for details. In general, members of the Union or the Native Brotherhood of B.C. in groundfish trawl, hake, halibut, shrimp, prawn, shellfish and rockfish hook-and-line fisheries who  pay an annual fee can obtain benefits from the Benefit Fund. The annual fee applies in all fisheries except net salmon and herring where benefits are covered by a negotiated per-pound contribution paid by the contributing company.

TheBenefit Fund is paid for by contributing fish buyers who pay 2.5 cents per pound of sockeye and 2 cents per pound of pink salmon delivered  by all the company's  fishermen into the Fund. 

Before, the vast majority of Fish companies (Ocean, BCP, Seafoods, etc) were signatory to the Union and paid into the fund.  Now, only  CFC ,          JS McMillan, and Canoe Pass Co-op  pay into the fund, so onlyherring and salmon net fishermen who sell the majority of their catch to these contributing companies and who are members of the Union, Native Brotherhood, Canoe Pass Co-op and Vessel Owners Assn are covered.

At one time most salmon net fishermen had coverage.  When fishermen speak in a united voice and compel their buyers to pay into the Benefit Fund, all fishermen can be covered once again. 

If you think that your fish buyer would contribute to the Benefit Fund so that their fishermen could be covered,

give the Union office a call.

These benefits were created by the determination and united action of commercial fishermen from many gear types and organizations.

Need more information on any Benefit?- call the

United Fishermen's Benefit Fund  604 519 3634