The Northern Ontario Energy Credit helps low- to moderate-income individuals 18 years of age and older and families living in Northern Ontario. A family can get up to $214 for the 2013-14 benefit year to help with your home energy costs, which are often higher in the north due to more severe winters. If you are single, you can get up to $139. These amounts will be adjusted for inflation each subsequent year.
The Northern Ontario Energy Credit is paid as part of the Ontario Trillium Benefit.
Am I eligible?
You may be eligible for the Northern Ontario Energy Credit for the 2013-14 benefit year if you:
- were a resident in Northern Ontario on December 31, 2012
- are a resident of Northern Ontario at the beginning of the payment month
- had rent or property tax paid by or for you for your principal residence in one of the following districts in Northern Ontario – Algoma, Cochrane, Kenora, Manitoulin, Nipissing, Parry Sound, Rainy River, Sudbury, Thunder Bay or Timiskaming
- are 18 years of age or older, or have or previously had a spouse or common-law partner, or are a parent who lives or previously lived with your child
You may also qualify for the credit if you live in Northern Ontario:
- on a reserve and pay home energy costs, or
- in a public long-term care home and pay accommodation costs.