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Financial Help

Several programs provide direct financial help to people with low income. An application must be completed for many of these programs or services.

General

Harmonized Sales Tax Credit (Finance)

This is paid each October and is included with the federal GST credit. The amount paid is based on income from the year before. A person must file a yearly income tax return to receive this credit. For more help, call 1-800-959-8281.

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Home Heating Rebate (Finance)

This is money given to people with a household income below a certain amount, who pay to heat their home. Assistance is available no matter what type of heat source is used. For more help, call 1-709-729-1695 or 1-866-990-3444.

Download the application form

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Student Financial Services (Education)

Provides funding (Student Loans and Grants) to eligible students who are attending (or plan to attend) an educational institution such as college, university or a technical institute. For more help, call 1-709-729-5849, 1-888-657-0800 or email studentaid@gov.nl.ca.

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Seniors’ Benefit (Finance)

Provides a payment to seniors who have a low income. The amount paid is based on family net income from the previous year. To qualify, a person must be 65 years of age by December 31st of the taxation year. Persons must file an income tax return every year to receive this refund. For more help, call (709) 729-3166 or email TaxPolicy@mail.gov.nl.ca.

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Families

Private Child Care (Advanced Education and Skills)

Parents or guardians receiving Income Support benefits while attending training or going to work may be able to get help with the cost of child care. Assistance with the cost of private or unregulated child care will only be considered when regulated child care is not available. For more help, call your local Advanced Education and Skills office.

Child Care does not need to be regulated if: there are 4 or fewer children or if the care is provided by a close relative

Child Care Subsidy Program (HCS)

Helps parents or guardians pay for child care in a licensed child care centre or a regulated family child care home. Families must need child care for one of the following reasons:

  • To go to work or training
  • Parent has ongoing health care appointments
  • Disability or illness of parent
  • Child development
  • Family support

Some or all of the cost may be covered depending on family income. For more help, call one of the  Regional Health Authority telephone numbers below.

Regulated Child Care services are subject to provincial regulations and are inspected and monitored.

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High School Incentive Allowance (Advanced Education and Skills)

Families receiving Income Support with dependent children over the age of 18 and under the age of 21 are eligible for this allowance providing the child attends the regular school system on a full time basis. For more information, call your local Advanced Education and Skills office.

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Progressive Family Growth Benefit (Finance)

The Progressive Family Growth Benefit provides $1,000 to individuals and families who have a baby or adopt. Children must be born or placed in the home for purposes of adoption on or after January 1, 2008 to qualify for this benefit. For more help call (709) 729-1695 or 1-877-729-1695 or email Parentalbenefits@gov.nl.ca.

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Parental Support Benefit (PSB) (Finance)

The Parental Support Benefit (PSB) is a $100 monthly benefit for up to twelve months that starts when a child is born or adopted. Children must be born or adopted on or after January 1, 2008 to qualify for this benefit. For more help call (709) 729-1695 or 1-877-729-1695 or email parentalbenefits@gov.nl.ca.

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Persons with Disabilities

Special Child Welfare Allowance Program (HCS)

Provides financial help to families with a child with a disability under 18 years of age. It helps cover the costs of disability-related items and services needed for the child. The monthly amount depends on an assessment. For more help or to apply, call one of the Regional Health Authority telephone numbers below.

For more information on provincial programs and services visit www.gov.nl.ca Click on Departments/Agencies and then click on the department responsible for the program you are looking for.

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Flat Rate Allowance (HCS)

Adults with disabilities who qualify for home support (page 34) may also be eligible for a flat rate allowance, up to a maximum monthly amount. For more help or to apply, call one of the Regional Health Authority telephone numbers below.

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Community Access Funding (HCS)

Persons with developmental disabilities may get money to take part in community activities. For more help or to apply, call one of the Regional Health Authority telephone numbers below.

For more information on provincial programs and services visit www.gov.nl.ca Click on Departments/Agencies and then click on the department responsible for the program you are looking for.

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Regional Health Authorities

Eastern Health Authority

  • St. John’s - 1-709-752-4800
  • Rural Avalon - 1-709-759-3354
  • Bonavista, Clarenville - 1-709-468-5243
  • Burin - 1-709-891-5025
  • Web: www.easternhealth.ca

Central Health Authority

Western Health Authority

Labrador-Grenfell Health Authority

  • St. Anthony - 1-709-454-3333
  • Happy Valley – Goose Bay - 1-709-897-2000
  • Web: www.lghealth.ca

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