Low and modest-income Nova Scotians may now apply for assistance under the province’s Heating Assistance Rebate Program. The application-based program was developed to help offset the high cost of home heating this winter. Individuals who earn $27,000 or less, or families with a combined income of $42,000 or less, that purchase home heating fuels can apply. Eligible Nova Scotians may receive up to a $450 rebate if heating with oil, propane, or natural gas, or up to a $150 rebate if heating with electricity, wood, coal, or wood pellets. “We recognize the burden the higher cost of home heating can have on Nova Scotians, especially those who can least afford it,” said Jamie Muir, Minister of Service Nova Scotia and Municipal Relations. “We encourage Nova Scotians who may be eligible for the rebate to apply.” More than 40,000 application packages have been sent to recipients of the old Keep the Heat program to encourage them to apply for home heating assistance. However, program requirements must be met to receive help under the Heating Assistance Rebate Program. Applications are available at Access Nova Scotia centres, from MLAs, Department of Community Services’ offices, community groups such as the Association for Community Living, Truro Anti Poverty Group and Feed Nova Scotia, on the government website at www.HeatSmart.ca, or by calling 1-800-670-4357. It may take up to eight weeks for completed applications to be processed and eligible Nova Scotians to receive Heating Assistance Rebate Program cheques. The Heating Assistance Rebate Program is part of Heat Smart, the province’s new $92-million program that provides home heating assistance this winter, and helps to save energy and money for years to come.