The Elders Care Grant assists low-income seniors with domestic services costs (like lawn care, snow removal, grocery delivery, transportation and small home repairs). Each household can receive up to $500 in grants. You have until May 31, 2022, to apply.
Since December 1, nearly 24,000 seniors in Nova Scotia have received the Seniors Care Grant. The $500 grant assists seniors with normal household expenses, allowing them to remain in their homes longer.
The award covers lawn care, small household repairs, groceries and medicine delivery, transportation, and other expenses. The deadline for applications is May 31. Up until November 30, 2022, the funds can be used for services. Nova Scotians must be 65 years old or older to be eligible. They must also live alone or with a spouse or partner in a home they own or rent and have an annual net household income of $37,500 or less.
When applying, seniors do not need to provide proof of income, a house ownership or lease agreement, or receipts. However, those who are eligible may be asked to submit supporting documentation later. A property tax bill, property assessment notification, signed residential lease, Land Titles Initiative certification, mortgage statement, or utility bill can all be used to prove homeownership or renting status.
Your award will be determined by the cost of your household services, up to a maximum of $500.
To be eligible for the grant, you must be 65 years old or older by May 31, 2022, and meet all of the following requirements:
- having a household net income of less than $37,500
- live alone in your own house (you don’t have a caregiver other than your spouse or partner)
- Have a home (with your name on the title) or a residential leasing arrangement with your name on it.
- between January 1, 2021, and November 30, 2022, having paid for home services
Only one application per household is permitted. You must apply by May 31, 2022.
Household Services that Qualify
Household services that help you stay in your home are eligible, including:
- meal preparation and cooking (excluding the cost of groceries)
- driveway preservation (like paving and regrading)
- delivery of foodstuff (excluding the cost of groceries)
- housekeeping and laundry (excluding dry cleaning)
- medication and prescription delivery lawn maintenance and gardening (excluding the cost of medications and prescriptions)
- tiny home improvements (like windows, doors, roof, plumbing, electrical, decks, fencing, siding, painting and heating)
- Transportation for snow removal (like taxis, rideshares, shuttles and other methods of transportation that pick you up directly from your home to travel to essential services)
How to Apply?
Follow the below-given steps to apply:
- Apply for the grant online.
- Submit your application in its entirety.
- Your refund cheque will be mailed to you if your application is granted.
How Much Time Does It Take?
Your compensation check should arrive in 8 weeks. It may take longer if additional information is required or if your application is incomplete. If more information is required to process your award, we may contact you via email.
The grant application is free of charge.
Before You Proceed With Your Application
Make sure you have the following items before you begin:
- All adults on the application must be present to sign the document.
- All adults in your home’s social security numbers and dates of birth
- between January 1, 2021, and November 30, 2022, the total amount spent (or that you would spend) on home services
You may be contacted by the Seniors Care Grant and asked to show evidence of income, proof of homeownership or lease agreement, and receipts for household services. A property tax bill, property assessment notice, mortgage statement, Land Titles Initiative certificate of claim, utility bill showing your home address, or a residential lease agreement with your name on it can all be used as proof of house ownership or lease agreement.
Keep a copy of your receipts for domestic services for your records. You will only be required to furnish receipts if the Seniors Care Grant approaches you and requests them.
The following receipts are acceptable:
- receipt in a notepad or on a piece of paper (written or signed by the service provider)
- receipt in a book of receipts (written or signed by the service provider)
- receipt from a company
Receipts must include the following information:
- name of the individual who will be served
- service type received
- the price of the service
- the service’s date
- the name and address of the person or company that is delivering the service
How to Apply
If you are applying online, an email address is required when applying online. If the Seniors Care Award needs further information to process your grant, it will send you an email.
If you wish to apply otherwise, if you can’t apply online, you can utilize the Seniors Care Grant Application Form (PDF 182 kB). By mail or fax, submit your completed application (both sides) and any supporting documentation. Please contact us if you would like a paper application mailed to you.
Mailing address: PO Box 160, STN Central, Halifax NS B3J 2M4