Heating Assistance

Updated: December 13, 2023

To ensure our customers have access to the various heating assistance programs available in Nova Scotia, we have compiled a list below with offerings you may be eligible to apply for.


  • The following information is not owned by Eastward Energy and we are not affiliated with any of the programs listed below. This information is for awareness only.
  • All questions related to the programs listed below should be directed to the owners of the program(s).
  • Information pertaining to the programs are subject to change without notice. Eastward Energy is not responsible for any changes made to these offerings.

Home Heating Programs


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You may apply to the HEAT Fund if you live in Nova Scotia and are within the following low-income threshold:

  • $29,000 for one-person households,
  • $47,703 for two to four person households, and
  • $67,937 for households of five or more individuals.
  • Your household is experiencing an emergency heating situation.


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You may apply to HARP if you pay for your own home (residential) heat and meet one of the following criteria:

  • Have a 2022 net income of $55,000 or less and live alone with no kids or dependents
  • Have a combined 2022 net household income of $75,000 or less and live with kids, dependents or other adults
  • Receive Income Assistance from the Department of Community Services
  • Receive the Guaranteed Income Supplement (GIS) or the Allowance from Service Canada

Seniors Care Grant

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You may apply to the Senior Care Grant if you are 65 years or older by March 31, 2024 and meet the following criteria:

  • Household net income of $37,500 or less
  • Live in your own apartment or home
  • 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 will pay for household and healthcare services and home heating between 1 April 2023 and March 2024

Pictou County Council
Fuel Fund

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Households within Pictou County that are out of fuel or nearly out of fuel. This is not an emergency service but is provided for urgent situations. Please note that assistance is available once per heating season.

Water Programs

H20 Water Fund

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Eligibility includes:

  • The household is low income and in an emergency situation
  • The maximum annual income eligibility for a single income household is $21,000
  • The maximum annual income eligibility for a family income household is $39,000
  • Households using Halifax Water service only
  • The Halifax Water account is active and in the name of an adult living in the household (the account cannot be in your landlord’s name)
  • The household and household members have not received H2O Fund assistance within the last 24 months
  • You are not eligible to receive assistance if your residential water, wastewater, and stormwater costs are included in your rent

The Lateral Loan

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All Halifax Water customers are eligible for The Lateral Loan, so long as they meet the following requirements:

  • The Registered property owner
  • Willing to accept a lien on the property to secure the loan.
    There is no credit check required ro get approval for a Lateral Loan.

Other Programs


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You can apply for the HomeWarming program if:

  • Your total family net income is within the following levels:
    1 person = $27,800;
    2-4 people = $52,600;
    5 or more people = $72,900
  • You own a single-unit home located in Nova Scotia
  • You live in your home year round, it is your current primary residence, and you do not plan to sell it in the near future

Mi’kmaw Home Energy
Efficiency Project

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All single-unit, band owned homes (including duplexes) are eligible. Housing managers send ENS their participation list each year.

Free Energy Efficient Products

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Program is available for renters and homeowners, no income requirements.

December 6th Fund

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Women, Two Spirit, and gender diverse people identifying people 18 years or older living in Nova Scotia who are currently fleeing, or have recently fled, abuse or violence.
Applicants must have a source of income (income assistance or other benefits are acceptable) and have their own bank account or be willing to open one during the application process.
Applicants from outside HRM will need to provide a referral letter from a support organization.

Additional Information

Nova Scotia 211 has a 24 hour line where customers can call (dial 211) to ask what services and programs are available in their area. Visit their website for more information: Nova Scotia 211

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