In response to the rising cost of living, the GNWT will be issuing an increase for all recipients of the Senior Home Heating Subsidy for 2023-24.
This one-time increase will provide an extra $65 to $175 per subsidy month depending on the community the senior lives in. Seniors who have already been approved for 2023-24 do not need to re-apply for the increase; it will be issued directly to the heating supplier on record. Seniors who have not yet applied for the Senior Home Heating Subsidy are encouraged to apply now.
Enabling seniors to age in place is a priority of the 19th Legislative Assembly, and the Department of Education, Culture and Employment has committed to regularly reviewing the Senior Home Heating Subsidy.
In a statement, Minister of Education, Culture, and Employment, R.J. Simpson said “This one-time increase to the Senior Home Heating Subsidy will assist seniors in heating their homes for the upcoming winter to help offset the cost of living while supporting the GNWT’s mandate commitment to enable seniors to age in place with dignity.”
Senior Home Heating Subsidy recently changed to ensure seniors receive assistance in the coldest months, September through April. Seniors will be eligible for a monthly allotment, depending on their zone, during an eight-month period.