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2015 Home Heating Rebate Program

The Home Heating Rebate will not be available after September 30, 2016. Budget 2016 eliminated the Home Heating Rebate upon completion of the current program year.

The Home Heating Rebate is available to residents of the province whose adjusted family income in 2014 was $40,000 or less and have directly incurred costs to heat their home. Only one person per household may apply for the rebate. The deadline for submitting applications is September 30, 2016. Most applications should be processed within 10 weeks of when they are received by the department.

Eligible households are those who have an adjusted family income of $40,000 or less for the 2014 taxation year. Regardless of the energy source purchased to heat the home, eligible households will receive a maximum rebate of $250, where adjusted family income for 2014 is $35,000 or less. Eligible households in Coastal Labrador communities will receive a maximum rebate of $500. A partial rebate is available to households with adjusted family income for 2014 of more than $35,000 but $40,000 or less, with a minimum rebate of $100. For most people, adjusted family income is the net income (Line 236 of the income tax return) of the applicant plus, if applicable, the net income of that applicant's spouse or partner. If you had a child under the age of six in 2014, adjusted income does not include net Universal Child Care Benefit payments received. If you received income from a Registered Disability Savings Plan in 2014, your adjusted income does not include the net amount of payments received from that plan.

Eligible individuals or families must apply for the rebate, and must provide either an electricity or heating fuel invoice (depending on the primary source of heat) for any month from September 2015 to April 2016 in the name of the applicant or the applicant's spouse. If wood or wood products are the primary source of heat, a copy of the cutting permit or a receipt/invoice for a purchase of wood or wood products must also be submitted. Households where heat is included in rent are not eligible for the rebate.

Special circumstances mean that you may qualify for the rebate even if your adjusted family income for 2014 exceeds $40,000. Adjusted family income will be reduced in the following circumstances:

  • when a spouse has died, only the surviving spouse's income for the year will be used to determine eligibility
  • when a spouse resides in a long-term care facility, adjusted family income will be reduced by the amount paid to support the spouse in the long-term care facility. If the cost of long-term care is fully funded by a third party and no contributions are being made from the combined family income, then the cost of care cannot be deducted when calculating adjusted family income
  • when a person is enrolled in an Adult Basic Education (ABE) or skills training program, adjusted family income will be reduced by the amount of the payments in respect of the ABE or skills training program, and
  • when an individual becomes divorced or legally separated, only the individual's income will be used to determine eligibility.

Please note that appropriate documentation will be required to support a claim under these special circumstances.

If you currently receive either your personal income tax refund or GST/HST credit by direct deposit from the Canada Revenue Agency, payment of your Home Heating Rebate will be by direct deposit into that same bank account. Otherwise, you will receive your payment by cheque.

Applications must be sent to:

Home Heating Rebate
Department of Finance
Tax Administration Division
P.O. Box 6000, 32 Queensway
Grand Falls-Windsor, NL A2A 0B8
Toll-free: 1-855-223-7432
Email: homeheatprogram@gov.nl.ca

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