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Liberal Bills Strengthen Social Safety Net and Heating Assistance Supports

October 18, 2023 – (Halifax, NS)  

At a time when Nova Scotians are facing unprecedented financial hardship, bills tabled by the Liberals today will reflect the need for government programs to keep pace with those struggling to make ends meet.


The Heating Rebate Expansion Act would reverse the terrible decision made by the Houston government to slash the amount for the Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) by $400. The bill would also bring the eligibility threshold back up to $85,000 to support more Nova Scotians who need help keeping their homes warm this winter.


The Liberals will also be reintroducing the Social Safety Net Security Act, a bill proposing that provincial social assistance programs increase their eligibility thresholds and dollar amounts in assistance given by 30 per cent. With the highest inflation rates in the province, broadening the scope of programs like the Caregiver Benefit, among others, to capture more Nova Scotians and put more money in their pockets is needed more than ever.


“Living in Nova Scotia has never been more expensive than it is under the Houston government,” said Opposition Leader Zach Churchill. “Now is not the time to be limiting government assistance for Nova Scotians. Support is needed now more than ever and our bills today will ensure people across the province will get the support they need, and that they deserve.”

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