Yes you heard that right! Approximately 25,000 people applied for the home heating supplement program across Newfoundland & Labrador. That’s a good portion of the population, rounding up to nearly 5% of the homeowners got in on this.
The department received approximately 25,000 applications for this program, which is one of many targeted short and long term measures implemented since March 2022 to help Newfoundlanders and Labradorians with the cost of living.
I am one of them who got in last minute and cannot wait to make the change although I’m still not thrilled at more debt and really high costs upfront. The program is decent though so I know it will pay off in the long run.
Sadly, new applications from homeowners are no longer being accepted. They stopped taking applications for the Home Heating Supplement Program on January 15, 2024.
What Is The Home Heating Supplement Program?
The Home Heating Supplement Program (Stove and Furnace Oil) is a government initiative aimed at providing financial assistance to residents who use furnace or stove oil for heating their homes. The program offers a supplement ranging from $200 to $500 and is designed to help offset the costs associated with the purchase of furnace or stove oil.
The program is part of the government’s efforts to support residents in managing their home heating expenses. The application period for the program is limited, and applicants are typically required to provide a copy of their oil purchase invoice. The program is one of several measures implemented to assist residents with their home heating costs.
The Home Heating Supplement Program is specific to the province and is not part of the federal government’s Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP), which provides assistance to reduce the costs associated with home energy bills, energy crises, weatherization, and minor energy-related home repairs.
The federal government’s decision to exempt home heating oil from the carbon tax has been a topic of debate, with some advocates expressing concerns about the impact of this exemption on climate policies.
The exemption is temporary and is intended to provide support to those struggling to pay their heating bills, particularly low- to median-income households.
The government has also introduced incentives to encourage a shift to greener forms of home heating, such as heat pumps.