News release

Heating Assistance Program Deadline Approaching

SERVICE N.S./MUNICIPAL RELATIONS--Heating Assistance Program Deadline Approaching


Nova Scotians are reminded that the deadline to apply for the Keep the Heat program is Thursday, March 31.

The Keep the Heat program will provide a cheque for a one-time payment of up to $200, a coupon for a free furnace cleaning and an opportunity to win a do-it-yourself energy savings kit. The coupon has a value of $80.50 (includes HST) and is intended for a furnace tune-up by a qualified furnace technician.

To be eligible for the Keep the Heat program, applicants must heat their home with oil or propane and be paying for it themselves, have a family income of $22,200 or less, or if single, an income of $13,400 or less.

Seniors who receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement and persons receiving income assistance from the Department of Community Services are eligible if they heat their home with oil or propane. In all cases, applications must include a fuel bill, dated within the past six months, in the applicant's name.

Applications for the Keep the Heat program can be obtained by calling 424-5200 in the Halifax area, or toll-free 1-800-670- 4357. The form is also available on the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website at http://www.gov.ns.ca/snsmr .

To date more than 23,500 Nova Scotians have benefitted from this program. The province has issued more than 23,500 cheques, 11,500 furnace tune-up vouchers and 4,000 energy conservation kits.

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Nova Scotians have until March 31st to apply for the government's Keep the Heat fuel rebate program.

The program will provide up to two hundred dollars to qualified families with a net income of 22-thousand-two-hundred dollars or less, single people earning 13-thousand-four-hundred- dollars or less, recipients of income assistance, and seniors who receive the guaranteed income supplement.

Applications can be obtained by calling 424-5200 in the Halifax area, or toll-free 1-800-670-4357. The form is also available on the Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations website.

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Contact:

Lenore Bromley
Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations 902-424-2733 E-mail: