Opening of applications for new financial support related to Fiona
The province has launched a new website where Nova Scotians can now apply for financial assistance in the aftermath of Hurricane Fiona.
Residents, business owners and non-profit organizations can find details of the types of assistance available and apply at: https://novascotia.ca/hurricane-fiona-support/
« We’re making it as easy as possible for Nova Scotians to find support and get the help they need during this difficult time, » Premier Tim Houston said. « Their government is there for them, and we will continue to do whatever we can to help them. »
Applications are now open for:
- $100 for each household that lost power for at least 48 hours to help cover the cost of spoiled food
- up to $250 for each person who has to pay for the removal of trees from their property
- $1,000 per household for people evicted from their homes or unable to return; the Canadian Red Cross administers this assistance.
Additionally, an additional $250 has been added to the Elder Care Grant to help with storm repairs. All eligible individuals who apply for the grant will receive the additional funding. People who have already received the grant will also automatically receive the additional $250.
All current households receiving income assistance, including Disability Support Program participants receiving income assistance, will automatically receive $150 in support. These clients may also request other types of support.
Applications for the Disaster Financial Assistance Program, which covers up to $200,000 in uninsurable losses per eligible household, small business and nonprofit organization, opened on Monday, September 26 and is also now available at the new website.
Nova Scotians without power can visit their municipal or MPP offices, Access Nova Scotia centers or their local library for help applying online. Paper applications will soon be available at Members’ offices.
People with questions about supports can also contact a new toll-free information line: 1-888-428-2256.
- following the storm, the government announced more than $40 million in assistance to help Nova Scotians and organizations with the costs of hurricane recovery
- the new toll-free number will be available Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m., but will not be available on Friday, September 30, which is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
- it will also be available this weekend and on October 8 and 9, from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.