Nova Scotia opens applications for low-income seniors care grant


HALIFAX, NS — The Nova Scotia government has opened applications for a grant offering low-income seniors up to $750 to help with the cost of household chores, health care and home heating.

The province’s seniors care grant offers $500 each year for things like lawn care, small household repairs, grocery and medication delivery, and transportation.

This year, the province has expanded the program to include costs of services like phone and internet and health services like eye exams, dental work, mental health supports, physical therapy and foot care.

To be eligible, someone must be 65 or older, have an annual net household income of $37,500 or less and live independently in a home they own or rent, either by themselves or with a spouse or partner.

The expanded grant also offers an additional $250 this year to help with heating costs.

The new $250 home heating grant is available to eligible Nova Scotians 65 and older, including people who have already received money through the seniors care grant or the provincial heating rebate program in the past year. The grant is available for the cost of furnace oil, natural gas, propane, firewood, wood pellets and electricity.

More information about the grants, including how to apply, is available online.

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