The HEAT Fund

The Home Energy Assistance Top-up (HEAT) Fund runs from January through April to support Nova Scotians in need with the added cost of home heating during the winter months. For over 20 years, this program, formerly known as the Good Neighbour Energy Fund, has helped keep thousands of individuals and families across Nova Scotia warm during the winter.

Together, the Province of Nova Scotia through Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services, Nova Scotia Power, its employees and its customers, have played a significant role in growing this Fund to help more families each year. The HEAT Fund is a great example of the work that can be done when the private sector, government, and not-for-profit organizations come together to help Nova Scotians.

In 2018, a change to the income threshold criteria enabled more individuals and families in Nova Scotia to receive support from the Fund. The thresholds are now set at $21,487 for one-person households, $39,926 for two to four person households, and $56,861 for households of five or more individuals. In 2019, a total of 2,450 households received emergency home heating support from the Fund.

The HEAT Fund offers a maximum assistance in the amount of $400 for individuals and families. Applicants are invited to re-apply every 24 months for support through the Fund. If you are in an emergency home heating situation, you can download an application, pick-up a form from your local Salvation Army or thrift store, or your local MLA office.

For more information and/or to forward your application electronically, call 902-422-3435 or email