Effective (today) Oct. 24, residents of Newfoundland and Labrador can apply for the Home Heating Rebate.
Effective Oct. 24, residents of Newfoundland and Labrador can apply for the Home Heating Rebate.
Application forms for the 2013-14 program can be downloaded immediately from the Department of Finance’s website, explained Finance Minister Tom Marshall.
By making the rebate available in October, those who qualify will receive assistance earlier than in past years.
Approximately 60,000 households received the Home Heating Rebate last year at a cost of approximately $15 million.
"We are very proud of this program along with other investments by our government that are putting money into the pockets of families and individuals," Marshall stated.
The parameters for the program are the same as last year, with eligible households with an income of $35,000 or less qualifying for the maximum rebate of $250 ($500 for residents of coastal Labrador). A partial rebate is available to households with adjusted family income above $35,000, but less than $40,001, with a minimum rebate of $100.
The Department of Finance has entered into a new partnership with the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) this year so that applicants who are registered and currently receive either their personal income tax refund or GST/HST credit by direct deposit from CRA will receive their home heating rebate by direct deposit into that same bank account.
This will allow these individuals to receive their payment faster. This partnership reflects an ongoing effort by the provincial government to move towards direct electronic payments where possible. If applicants are not registered with CRA for direct deposit, they will receive their home heating rebate by cheque.
Application forms will also be available in provincial newspapers, beginning next week, at regional offices of the Department of Advanced Education and Skills, Service NL Centres, and the Seniors Resource Centre in St. John’s.