NWT giving seniors a one-off heating subsidy top-up


The NWT government will give seniors one-time top-ups this winter to help with the cost of home heating.

The territory already operates a seniors’ home heating subsidy. If you receive that subsidy, the top-up will be automatically sent to your heating supplier in your name.

If you haven’t signed up, you’ll need to apply by March 31, 2023.

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The amount you receive depends on your zone.

In Zone 1 – Behchokǫ̀, Dettah, Enterprise, Fort Providence, Fort Simpson, Fort Smith, Hay River, the Kátł’odeeche First Nation, Kakisa, Ndılǫ and Yellowknife – you qualify for $3,700 this winter, which includes an additional $800 payment.

In Zone 2 – Fort Liard, Fort Resolution, Gamètì, Inuvik, Jean Marie River, Nahanni Butte, Whatı̀ and Wrigley – you qualify for $4,500, which includes an additional $600 payment.

In Zone 3 – Aklavik, Colville Lake, Délį̀ne, Fort McPherson, Fort Good Hope, Łútsël K’é, Norman Wells, Paulatuk, Saamba K’e, Sachs Harbour, Tsiigehtchic, Tuktoyaktuk, Tulita, Ulukhaktok and Wekweètì – you qualify for $5,000, which includes an additional $400 payment.

The territorial government said all of its income security programs are under review “to ensure that they are meeting the needs of residents.”

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In the meantime, RJ Simpson – the minister responsible for those programs, including the home heating subsidy – said the one-off extra payment would help offset the rising cost of fuel.