Heating Assistance Rebate Program Launched

Nova Scotians can apply for the Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) using a fast and easy online application process.

The program offers a rebate up to $200 to help people heat their homes.

“Each winter I see how the program helps thousands of Nova Scotians manage their heating costs,” said Brendan Maguire, MLA Halifax Atlantic, on behalf of Service Nova Scotia Minister Geoff MacLellan, “The online application process is easy, fast and convenient and it has helped people get their rebate sooner.”

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. More than 42,000 people received rebates in 2017.

“HARP is a wonderful initiative that takes financial burden off everyday people,” said Kelly Keating, program manager, Chebucto Connections. “Many of our clients have applied for the rebate in the previous years and they are always relieved that at least part of their heating expense will be covered by the rebate.”

Applicants can check the status of their application using an online status checker. People can also register with Canada Revenue Agency for direct deposit into their bank accounts.

The program closes March 31.

Paper application forms can be downloaded from the Service Nova Scotia website or picked up from Access Nova Scotia Centres, Community Services offices, MLA offices and at more than 70 community groups across the province.

For more information, visit http://www.novascotia.ca/heatinghelp