FREDERICTON (GNB) – Applications are now available for the 2019 Home Energy Assistance Program.

The program provides a $100 benefit to help low-income families cope with high energy prices.

To be eligible, applicants must:

  • Maintain a principal place of residence in New Brunswick at the time of application (either a house, an apartment or a living unit that is a self-contained domestic establishment with its own access and contains a kitchen, bathroom and sleeping facilities).
  • Have had a total family income (applicant and spouse or common-law partner) of $30,000 or less in 2017.
  • Have been a resident of New Brunswick as of Dec. 31, 2017, and have filed a 2017 New Brunswick income tax return.
  • Provide a copy of an electricity bill for your home dated after Nov. 1, 2018. If electricity costs are included in your rent, provide the name and telephone number of your landlord at the time of application.

Last year, the government approved 43,810 applications for a total benefit of about $4.38 million.

Individuals may obtain an application form by going to the Department of Finance website, visiting any of the Service New Brunswick centres or contacting the Department of Finance at 1-800-669-7070.

The deadline to apply for the 2019 benefit is June 30.