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Helps low and modest income Nova Scotians with the cost of home heating. Offers a rebate of up to $200 for eligible applicants who heat their home with oil, electricity, wood, propane, wood pellets, natural gas or coal.
Seasonal program • Accepts applications between October and March
To qualify for the rebate, you must pay for your own heat and meet one of the following criteria:
• Have a net 2019 income of $29,000 or less (after tax) and live alone with no kids or dependents
• Have a combined 2019 net income of $44,000 or less (after tax) and live with kids, dependents, or other adults
• Receive Income Assistance from the Department of Community Services
• Receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance from Service Canada
If your personal or financial situation has changed since last year, you still may qualify. Examples of changes include becoming widowed, getting divorced or legally separated, turning 18, losing your job, recently arriving in Canada, or having the custody of your children change.
Apply online to receive your rebate faster
The Heating Assistance Rebate Program may contact you at a later date to request proof of heat
Applications are also available from:
• Access Nova Scotia Centres
• MLA Offices
• Department of Community Services’ Offices
• Salvation Army
• Department of Seniors
• Efficiency Nova Scotia
Call to request an application be mailed • Complete the application form and return to the address listed
You will need to provide a social insurance number, date of birth and signature for any adults residing in the home. Depending on your situation, you may also need: • 2019 CRA notice of assessment for you and any other adults in your home • Proof of change in marital status • Death certificate, divorce or separation papers • Canada Child Benefit form • Citizenship application documentation • GST/HST payment information The Heating Assistance Rebate Program may contact you at a later date and ask you to provide a heating bill or receipt for oil, electricity, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, coal or other heating source. Make sure you have one available if asked. If you reimburse your landlord for heating costs separately from rent, you may need to complete a Landlord Declaration form.
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