CORNER BROOK Residents of Newfoundland and Labrador can begin applying for the 2013-14 Home Heating Rebate program.
The availability of the rebate, which was taken advantage of by around 60,000 households in the province last year, was announced by Finance Minister Tom Marshall in a press release issued Thursday.
The parameters for the program have not changed from last year. Eligible households with an income of $35,000 or less qualify for the maximum rebate of $250. The rebate can be as high as $500 for residents of coastal Labrador.
A partial rebate — with a minimum of $100 — is available to households with an adjusted family income above $35,000, but less than $40,001.
“We are very proud of this program, along with other investments by our government that are putting money into the pockets of families and individuals,” Marshall said in the release.
New to the program this year will be the direct deposit of the rebate into the bank accounts of eligible residents who already receive their personal income tax refund or GST/HST credit by direct deposit from the Canada Revenue Agency.
Complete details of the Home Heating Rebate Program, including the application form, can be found online at www.gov.nl.ca/fin/homeheating, by calling toll-free at 1-855-223-7432 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application forms will also be available in provincial newspapers, beginning next week, at regional offices of the Department of Advanced Education and Skills, Service NL Centres, and the Seniors Resource Centre in St. John’s.