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October 28, 2010

Home Heating Rebate Program Announced for 2010-11

The 2010-11 Home Heating Rebate Program is now open for applications, the Honourable Tom Marshall, Minister of Finance and President of Treasury Board, announced today. Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador with adjusted family income of $40,000 or less and who directly incur costs to heat their homes will once again be eligible to receive financial assistance through the program this year.

"The Williams Government is fully committed to offering programs and services that assist Newfoundlanders and Labradorians in their everyday lives," said Minister Marshall. "We recognize that heating a home in this province during the fall and winter months comes with higher costs, and it can be particularly challenging for people with more modest incomes, regardless of what heating source they use. Our government has enhanced the Home Heating Rebate Program over the last seven years and we continue to make it readily available to provide financial support to those who need it most. We are ensuring that it is ready to access early this season to address the high cost of heating homes."

The 2010-11 program will have the same parameters as last yearís. The maximum rebate under the program is $250, regardless of what type of energy source is used to heat the home. In the case of those living in coastal Labrador communities, the maximum rebate amount is $500, which reflects the higher heating costs in the region. Individuals and families with adjusted family incomes of up to $35,000 receive a full rebate, while the available amount gradually decreases as income levels rise to $40,000. All eligible individuals will receive a minimum rebate of $100.

The estimated value of this yearís Home Heating Rebate Program is $17.6 million. The program has been expanded since 2003-04. There were approximately 10,700 rebates given that year, when the program was open only to families using heating oil. The maximum rebate was $100 and the cost of the program was $1.1 million. Since then, the Williams Government has opened the program to families with homes heated with electricity, wood and other resources, increased the rebate amount, and raised the income threshold so that more families qualify. In 2009-10, roughly 68,000 rebates were provided to residents and the approximate total value of the program was $16.8 million.

The Home Heating Rebate Program is administered out of the new office opened in Grand Falls-Windsor in early 2010.

Application forms for the 2010-11 Home Heating Rebate Program will be available to residents from a number of sources. They can be found in local newspapers throughout the province, and can also be obtained at the Department of Finance website, www.gov.nl.ca/fin/homeheating.  In addition, applications will be available at all Human Resources, Labour and Employment offices and Government Service Centres in the province, as well as the Seniors Resource Centre in St. Johnís.

For further information on the Home Heating Rebate Program, please contact the Department of Finance toll-free at 1-877-745-1339 or by e-mail at homeheatprogram@gov.nl.ca.

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Media contact:
Mark King
Director of Communications
Department of Finance
709-729-6830, 699-3454
markking@gov.nl.ca

BACKGROUNDER
Home Heating Rebate

The Home Heating Rebate is available to residents of the province who directly incur costs to heat their homes and whose adjusted family income is $40,000 or less, regardless of the primary source of heat.

For most people, adjusted family income is the net income (Line 236 of the income tax return) of the applicant plus, if applicable, the net income of that applicantís spouse or partner. If you had a child under the age of six in 2009, adjusted income does not include net Universal Child Care Benefit payments received. If you received income from a Registered Disability Savings Plan in 2009, your adjusted income does not include the net amount of payments received from that plan.

Rebate Amounts

Eligible households are those which have an adjusted family income of $40,000 or less for the 2009 taxation year. Regardless of the energy source purchased to heat the home, eligible households will receive a maximum rebate of $250, where adjusted family income for 2009 is $35,000 or less. Eligible households in Coastal Labrador communities will receive a maximum rebate of $500. A partial rebate is available to households with adjusted family income for 2009 above $35,000 but less than $40,000, with a minimum rebate of $100. See the table below for examples of rebate amounts, based on a sliding scale.

Adjusted Family Income

Rebate Amount
Electricity, Wood or Wood Products,
Heating Oil, Stove Oil or Propane

Newfoundland and Labrador communities except coastal Labrador communities

Coastal Labrador communities

$35,000 or less

$250

$500

$36,000

$220

$420

$37,000

$190

$340

$38,000

$160

$260

$39,000

$130

$180

$40,000

$100

$100

How to Apply

Eligible individuals or families must apply for the rebate. In addition to a completed application form, applicants must provide an invoice for either an electricity or heating fuel purchase, depending on which is the primary heat source, from September 2010 to April 30, 2011. Only one person per household may apply for the rebate. Rental properties with heat included in the rent do not qualify for the rebate.

The deadline for submitting applications is September 30, 2011. Most applications will be processed within 10 weeks of when they are received by the department.

  • Department of Finance Web site Ė www.gov.nl.ca/fin/homeheating
  • Department of Finance, all Human Resources, Labour and Employment offices and Government Service Centres throughout the province.
  • Seniors Resource Centre in St. Johnís.
  • Local newspapers.

Applications must be sent to:

Home Heating Rebate
Department of Finance
Tax Administration Division
P.O. Box 6000, 32 Queensway
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL
A2A 0B8

For further information on the Home Heating Rebate Program, please contact the Department of Finance toll-free at 1-877-745-1339 or by e-mail at homeheatprogram@gov.nl.ca.  

2010 10 28                                                     12:00 p.m.


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