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GRANTS FOR SENIORS CONTINUE TO BE AVAILABLE FOR QUALIFYING SENIORS

The Seniors Care Grant helps low-income seniors with the cost of some household services, healthcare services, and home heating. Grants are $750 for each household.


Eligible household and healthcare services and home heating costs include services that help you stay in your home including:

cooking and meal preparation (excluding the cost of food)

· grocery and meal delivery (excluding the cost of food)

· healthcare services for your health and wellness (like foot care, physiotherapy and mental health support)

· home heating (like furnace oil, natural gas, propane, firewood, wood pellets and electricity)

· home heating repairs and regular heating maintenance

· home cleaning, organizing and help with downsizing or moving

· laundry

· medication and prescription delivery (excluding the cost of medications and prescriptions)

· outdoor work (like driveway maintenance, landscaping, lawn care, snow removal, stacking wood and tree removal)

· phone, cellphone and internet services (excluding the cost of devices)

· small home repairs (like windows, doors, roof, plumbing, electrical, decks, fencing, siding and painting)

· transportation (like taxis, ride shares, shuttles and other methods of transportation) and public and community transit (like the bus, Access-A-Bus and ferry)


Receipts


Keep a copy of your receipts for household and healthcare services and home heating for your records. You only need to provide receipts if the Seniors Care Grant contacts you and asks you to provide receipts.


Acceptable receipts include receipts:

on a piece of paper or in a notebook (written or signed by the service provider)

· in a receipt book (written or signed by the person or business providing the service)

· from a business


Receipts need to include:

name of the person receiving the service

· type of service received

· cost of the service

· date of the service

· name and address of the person or business providing the service


You only need to provide proof of income, home ownership or lease agreement and receipts for household and healthcare services and home heating if the Seniors Care Grant contacts you and asks you to provide proof or receipts. You don’t need to provide proof or receipts when you apply.


Eligibility


To qualify for the grant, you need to be 65 or older by 31 March 2024 and meet all of the following criteria:

· have a household net income of $37,500 or less

· live in your own home or apartment

· have your name on the property title, Land Titles Initiative Certificate of Claim or residential lease agreement or a Band administrative letter issued by a First Nation community (reserve)

· have paid (or that you will pay) for household and healthcare services and home heating between 1 April 2023 and 31 March 2024


You need to apply by 31 March 2024 (only 1 person per household can apply).


How to apply

Apply online for the grant.

Submit your completed application.


How long it takes


It should take 8 weeks to get your reimbursement. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly. If more information is required to process your grant, the Department of Service Nova Scotia contacts you by email.


Application form here:


https://beta.novascotia.ca/apply-help-household-healthcare-and-home-heating-costs-seniors-care-grant




The Property Tax Rebate for Seniors helps with the cost of your municipal residential property taxes. If you qualify for the rebate, you can receive 50 percent of what you paid on last year’s property taxes, up to $800.


Rebate amount


The rebate amount is based on your municipal residential property taxes. The program provides eligible homeowners with a rebate of 50% of the municipal residential property taxes they paid for the 2022 tax year, up to a maximum of $800.


Eligibility


To qualify for the rebate, you need to meet all of the following criteria:

· your 2022 municipal residential property taxes are paid in full (your name is on the property title)

· you lived at the property as your primary residence in 2022

· you receive or are eligible to receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance from Service Canada


How to apply

Complete both sides of the rebate application.

Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.

Send your completed application and supporting documents (including tax information) by mail or fax. Or visit Access Nova Scotia.


How long it takes


It should take 8 weeks to get your rebate. It can take longer if more information is needed or if your application hasn’t been filled in correctly. If additional information is required to process your rebate, the Department of Service Nova Scotia contacts you by mail.


Application form here:






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