The Government of Nova Scotia continues to provide programs to assist low income families in keeping their homes warm. Two programs that are of particular interest to some families are available for those who meet certain criteria.
The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) offers rebates that range from $100 to $200. This helps low income Nova Scotians with the cost of heating their homes. Each winter the program helps thousands of Nova Scotians manage their heating costs.
The HARP program is available to Nova Scotians who buy energy to heat their homes with oil, electricity, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, coal, or other heating source. To qualify for the rebate, the income threshold for one-person households is $29 000 and $44 000 for households with more than one person.
To apply you must pay for your own heat and meet ONE of the following criteria:
Have a net income of $29 000 or less and live alone with no kids or dependents
Have a combined net income of $44 000 or less 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
Make sure you have:
a heating bill or receipt for oil, electricity, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, coal or other heating source dated between 01 January 2020 and 31 March 2021
signatures for all adults in the application
social insurance numbers and dates of birth of all adults in your home
2019 Canada Revenue Agency Notice of Assessment for you and any other adults in your home
Proof of change in marital status
Landlord Declaration Form if you rent and pay for your own heat
Firewood Declaration Form if you harvest your own firewood to heat your home
Wood Invoice Form if you use wood to heat your home but do not have a receipt
Canada Child Benefit Form
GST/HST payment information form
HARP is an initiative that takes financial burden off everyday people. Many Nova Scotians have applied for the rebate in previous years and they are always relieved that at least part of their heating expense will be covered by the rebate. The program closes March 31, 2021.
A second program through Efficiency Nova Scotia and the Province of Nova Scotia provides opportunities to reduce heating and power bills and to provide upgrades to those Nova Scotians who qualify.
Home Warming offers no-charge energy assessments to eligible Nova Scotians. It is 100% free to all qualified home owners in the province.
You may be one of those Nova Scotians and the Home Warming initiatives will help make your home more energy efficient. To be eligible your maximum annual household income (line 236 from your Notice of Assessment) must meet this criteria.
1 person in the home $25 673 or less per year
2-4 people in the home $47 703
5+ people in the home $67 937
The program supports all heating types (electric, oil, wood, coal, natural gas, etc.) and on average, people who go through the program can see an annual savings of up to 20-30% off their annual heating bills.
In addition to your income you must own a single unit home and be able to provide proof of ownership and it must be your current primary residence and it must be your year round home. If you qualify for Home Warming an energy audit will be conducted to determine the energy efficiency upgrades required. To determine if you are eligible contact Efficiency Nova Scotia at 1-877-434-2136 (toll free) or by visiting HomeWarming.ca. Information and Home Warming program applications are also available at my Masstown office.
Karen Casey, MLA