Nov
30
2022

PEI Home Heating program increases funding and is available year-round

The Province, in partnership with the Salvation Army, is offering financial support to Islanders who need help paying for their home heating costs. 

The PEI Home Heating program is open for applications to eligible Islanders and will now operate on a year-round basis. Starting on December 1, the PEI Home Heating Program benefit will be increased by $200 per household increasing eligibility up to $1,200. 

“No one should be in a position where they have to choose between heating their homes or to go without a basic need. With oil and other costs continuing to rise, this financial assistance is intended to ease the burden on families, seniors and individuals who need it most.”

- Social Development and Housing Minister Matthew MacKay

“The Salvation Army’s work is rooted in community,” said Lieutenant John Burton, leader of The Salvation Army in Charlottetown, “and there has been a noticeable increased level of anxiety among clients regarding rising home heating costs. The Salvation Army is privileged to partner with the government in giving hope to families and individuals across Prince Edward Island to help fulfill this basic need.”

Thresholds have been increased by $10,000 for individuals and $15,000 for families or households. The program will support households for fuel costs for the 2022 and 2023 calendar year for PEI residents who: 

  • have an individual annual income of $45,000 or less; 
  • have a family income of $60,000 or less;  
  • pay for their own heating costs. 
To apply, visit: Salvation Army, call 902-218-1212 or email mar.homeheatingpei@salvationarmy.ca.

Media Contact
Rebecca Gass
Senior Communications Officer 
Social Development and Housing
rjgass@gov.pe.ca 

Backgrounder

  • In Spring 2022, the provincial government increased the benefit to $1,000, up from $800, for eligible Island households and increased threshold amounts to $35,000 for single persons and $45,000 for a household.
  • In January 2022, the income eligibility increased to $30,000 for single persons and $40,000 for a household of two or more people accessing up to $800 per calendar year. 
  • In November 2021, the income eligibility increased to $26,500 for single persons and $34,000 for a household of two or more people accessing up to $600 per calendar year. 
  • In January 2021, the income eligibility increased to $22,133 for single persons and $31,301 for a household of two or more people accessing up to $350.

General Inquiries

Department of Social Development and Housing
2nd Floor, Jones Building
11 Kent Street
PO Box 2000
Charlottetown, PE C1A 7N8

Phone: 902-620-3777
Toll-free: 1-866-594-3777
Fax: 902-368-4740

DeptSDH@gov.pe.ca