A Little Help With The Home Energy Bills Is Now Available For Low Income NB Families
The New Brunswick government is offering a one-time benefit of $100 to help low-income families with their home energy bills. The government has had similar programs in the past to help families offset some of the cost of heating their residence.
To qualify for this year's 2018 New Brunswick Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) you must meet the following criteria:
- Maintain a principal place of residence within New Brunswick at the time of application (either a house, an apartment or a living unit that is a self-contained domestic establishment with its own access and contains a kitchen, bathroom, and sleeping facilities);
- Have had a total family income (applicant and spouse or common-law partner) of $30,000 or less in 2016.
- Be a resident of New Brunswick as of December 31, 2016, and have filed a 2016 New Brunswick Income Tax Return.
- Provide a copy of an electricity bill for your home dated after November 1, 2017. If electricity costs are included in your rent, provide the name and telephone number of your landlord at the time of application.
NB Power also has a low-income program that offers free energy audits and insulation upgrades at no cost to the homeowner. Learn more.
Only one benefit per household will be available and the deadline to apply for the benefit is June 30, 2018.
Application forms are available online at the New Brunswick Department of Finance, or at Service NB locations, or by calling the Department of Finance at 1-800-669-7070.
With the current economic conditions and high consumer debt in the province, many consumers are struggling to maintain payments on their basic expenses. This is one of the warning signs of financial hardship and should not be ignored.
This offer is small but it can help. Take all the help you can get!