Heating Assistance Rebate Program

Heating Assistance Rebate Program

The Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) is now open for 2023. The HARP helps low-income Nova Scotians with the cost of home heating.

Applications are open until March 31, 2024.


To qualify for the rebate, you need to 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

If your personal or financial situation has changed since last year, you still may qualify. Examples of changes include becoming widowed, getting divorced or legally separated, losing your job, turning 18, recently arriving in Canada, or having the custody of your children change. Contact the Department of Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services to find out if you qualify.

How to apply

  • Apply online for the rebate.
  • Check the application for details on all required supporting documents.
  • Submit your completed application and any supporting documents.
  • Check your application status online (if you apply online).

How long does it take?

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 more information is required to process your rebate, we may contact you by email.

The HARP may contact you and ask you to provide a heating bill or receipt for oil, electricity, natural gas, wood, wood pellets, coal, or other heating source.

Apply online here

When you apply online you need an email address. The HARP emails you if it needs more information to process your rebate. The program also emails you to let you know when your rebate is about to be direct deposited.