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$250 available to seniors to offset cost of heating

Jul 28, 2022 | 12:52 PM

Minister of Seniors and Long-Term Care, Barbara Adams. Photo: NS Legislature

Seniors in our province can soon get a one-time payment of $250 to help with heating costs.

That money can be used to cover the cost of wood, oil, electricity and other energy sources.

“We know that the cost of many of the things we need every day is rising, and that is having an impact on many Nova Scotia seniors who can least afford it,” said Minister Adams. “We have always said that we would look for new ways to meet the needs of seniors and expanding this already successful program will provide more support so that they can live with dignity and respect.”

The heating grant will be available to anyone over the age of 65 — even those who’ve already gotten the Seniors Care Grant and the Heating Assistance Rebate Program in the past year.

Services covered by the Seniors Care Grant are also being expanded to include the cost of telephone or Internet services, eye exams, dental work, mental health supports, physical therapy, occupational therapy, massage and foot care.

The changes mean seniors applying for the Seniors Care Grant can access up to a maximum of $750 this fiscal year; the grant program is expected to use its entire $29.1 million budget for the 2022-23 year.

Applications open on September 1.


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