Emergency Repair Program

Provided by: Housing Nova Scotia

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Service Description

Provides funding for homeowners and residents in rural areas in need of emergency repairs to continue to safely live in their homes. A significant portion of the program funding is for Canadian Aboriginal people.

The maximum amount of funding available is a $7,000 grant. The amount you receive depends on the total cost of the repairs.

Repairs are not required to bring houses up to minimum standards.


You may be eligible for this program if:
• You live in a rural area (communities of less than 2,500 and larger communities over 2,500 that do not have a defined core area)
• Your house requires emergency repairs so that you can continue to live in it safely
• Your total household income is below the established income limit, which varies depending on household size and the area you live in

Only certain repairs are considered to be emergency repairs. This includes repairs to:
• Heating systems
• Chimneys
• Doors and windows
• Foundations
• Roofs, walls, floors and ceilings
• Vents, louvres
• Plumbing
• Electrical systems

These repairs are not required to bring houses up to minimum standards.

Application Process

Contact Housing Nova Scotia

Documents Required

Proof of total household income


No fees

Languages Offered

English • French-speaking staff available upon request

Coverage Area

Rural communities in Nova Scotia

Housing Nova Scotia – Eastern Region – Sydney

Provincial Building
360 Prince Street, Suite 22
Sydney NS  B1P 5L1
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Mailing Address:
360 Prince Street, Suite 22
Sydney NS  B1P 5L1

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Site Hours



Automatic doors at entrance • Ramp • Elevators

Coverage Area

Cape Breton Island