Service Description

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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

Offers HARP fact sheets in Arabic, Farsi, Mandarin, and Spanish.


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.

Application Process

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

Documents Required

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.


No fees

Languages Offered

English • French (online information, in-person, phone, and mail services)

Coverage Area

Nova Scotia

Contact Details

Hours of Operation

The Heating Assistance Rebate Program will accept applications until March 31, 2021

Access Nova Scotia – Sydney

380 Kings Road
Sydney NS  B1S 1A8
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Mailing Address:
Sydney NS

Site Info

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Site Hours

Registry of Motor Vehicles: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm • Wednesday-Friday, 8:30am-7pm (except holidays) • Road test times: By appointment only • Learner's/Knowledge test times: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4pm Registry of Joint Stock Companies, Business Licensing and Registration, Debtor Assistance, Consumer Complaints and Information, Vital Statistics, Residential Tenancies, Land Registration Offices: Monday-Friday, 8:30am-4:30pm (except holidays)


Wheelchair accessible, including service counters and washrooms • Accessible parking spots

Coverage Area

Nova Scotia