Property Tax Rebate to Benefit Seniors

first_img “We were pleased to provide input to the Property Tax Rebate program,” says Bernard Conrad, vice-chair, Seniors Advisory Council. “It is so important to expand the eligibility and increase awareness of programs so our seniors can take advantage of supports, allowing them to continue to be a part of our communities.” Approximately 15,500 seniors benefit from the Property Tax Rebate Program each year. Seniors qualify for the program if they are receiving the Guaranteed Income Supplement or the Allowance from Service Canada in 2019, and their 2018 residential property tax bills are in their name and paid in full. The program is open now and it closes December 31. Applications are available at . They can also be picked up at Access Nova Scotia, Department of Community Services and MLA offices as well as through senior groups. They are also available by calling 902-424-5200 or, toll-free 1-800-670-4357. For more information, visit . SHIFT: Nova Scotia’s Action Plan for an Aging Population is reframing the way we think about older Nova Scotians. Over 50 specific actions, involving nine departments across government, support and recognize the social and economic contributions of older Nova Scotians – supporting economic independence, promoting continued health and active living and supporting aging at home with connection to community. For more information on SHIFT, visit . seniors who moved out of their home in 2018 now qualify for the rebate, as long as they paid last year’s municipal taxes. seniors who receive the rebate can choose to be automatically considered for the 2019-20 Heating Assistance Rebate Program in the fall. The heating assistance program issues eligible applicants rebates of up to $200. Low-income seniors will be able to afford to stay in their homes longer, thanks to the Property Tax Rebate for Seniors. “The rebate program is one of the many ways we’re working to help seniors with their day-to-day expenses,” said Service Nova Scotia and Internal Services Minister, Patricia Arab “It helps low-income seniors stay in their homes and communities longer.” Eligible seniors receive a rebate on municipal property taxes paid during the previous tax year, to a maximum of $800. Government introduced two changes to the program this year:last_img read more

Toronto Strong Vigil

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will be among thousands attending the Toronto Strong vigil tonight at the scene of the deadly van attack in North York.There are hundreds of bouquets of flowers, cards, posters, and messages of love, strength and resilience, and that’s the theme of tonight’s event. Its called Toronto Strong. Twenty-five thousand people are expected to come down to Mel Lastman Square to pay their respects to the victims of this horrific incident that has impacted the world.Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, Premier Kathleen Wynne and Toronto mayor John Tory to take part in this interfaith vigil.The tragedy is still fresh in the hearts of mourners, just six days ago, a man driving a rented white van, drove onto the sidewalk on Yonge Street killing 10 people, and injuring 14 others.Police have identified all of the victims who lost their lives. Eight women and two men, ranging from 22 to 94 years of age. Two of the victims are foreign nationals.During the vigil tonight, first responders will also be honoured for their work that has been called nothing short of heroic.The video of Toronto Police Constable Ken Lam arresting the suspected killer, Alek Minassian has been broadcast worldwide. The officer has been praised for his courage, and commended for his excellent de-escalation tactics. He arrested the accused without firing a single shot. read more