Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP)

The application period is now closed.

The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) helps with the cost of home heating for low-income Nova Scotians who pay for their own heat. Rebates range from $100 to $200. You can apply between October 16, 2017 and March 31, 2018.


To qualify for the rebate, you must pay for your own heat and meet 1 of the following criteria:

  • have a net income of $27,000 or less and live alone with no kids or dependents
  • have a combined net income of $42,000 or less and live with kids, dependents, or other adults
  • receive income assistance from the Department of Community Services
  • receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement 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, losing your job, or having the custody of your children change. Contact Service Nova Scotia to find out if you qualify.

Rebate Amount

Your rebate amount is based on your income.

Rebate Amount
Household income if you live alone Household income if you live with kids, dependents, or other adults Rebate
GIS or Income Assistance GIS or Income Assistance $200
$25,000 or less $40,000 or less $200
$25,001 - $25,500 $40,001 - $40,500 $175
$25,501 - $26,000 $40,501 - $41,000 $150
$26,001 - $26,500 $41,001 - $41,500 $125
$26,501 - $27,000 $41,501 - $42,000 $100

How long it takes

If you include all the necessary information, you will receive your rebate within 8 weeks after we receive your application.

Applying online is the fastest way to apply, and direct deposit rebates are the faster way to receive your rebate. If your income tax refund is direct deposited, your heating assistance rebate will be too. If not, your rebate will be mailed to you.

Times will vary for receiving rebates depending on how applicants apply and what format they receive their rebates.

If you apply online, you can check the status of your HARP application online.

Before you apply

To complete the application, you must have a heating bill or receipt for oil, electricity, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, coal, or other heating source. It must be dated between January 1, 2016 and March 31, 2017.

You also need a social insurance number and date of birth for you and any other adults in your home.

You may also need:

  • 2015 CRA 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 don’t have a receipt

Depending on your situation, you may also need to provide a death certificate, divorce or separation papers, Canada Child Benefit form, document showing citizenship application, and GST/HST payment information form.

You need to provide the signatures of all adults in the application.

Contact Information

Service Nova Scotia
PO Box 641, CRO
Halifax, NS B3J 2T3

Phone: 902-424-5200 or
Toll-free at 1-800-670-4357
Fax: 902-428-2164