ST. JOHN'S – NDP Leader Alison Coffin today announced a plan to provide a rebate for Newfoundlanders and Labradorians struggling to afford the high cost of heating their homes.
"People across the province just got their heating bills for the month. Unfortunately, this expense causes a lot of stress for many Newfoundlanders and Labradorians—especially seniors, single parents and students," said Coffin. "New Democrats are proposing practical changes that will make life a little more affordable for people."
The rebate program will provide households making less than $40,000 with up to $250 off their heating bill for residents in the province. Those living in Coastal Labrador will be eligible for up to $500.
In 2016, the Liberals scrapped the existing rebate program and left thousands of families to struggle with the cost of heating their homes.
"Instead of cutting the programs that make life more affordable for people in our province, New Democrats are going to stand up for everyday people," added Coffin.
Even before the financial challenges brought on by the COVID-19 pandemic, people heating their home with electricity saw their power bills jump by over six per cent in a single year. Coffin says the costs are going up and people are worried about making ends meet.
"Heating your home is not optional. Our winters are long and hard and living without heat is just not on the table for folks in this province. Giving people a break on this cost is going to make life easier for students, seniors and single-parent families in our community," said Coffin. "This is the least the government can do to support people until there is a sensible, comprehensive plan for managing energy costs."