From April, citizens living in rural areas will also see the supplement of 10% of the basic amount they benefit from increase to 20%. This supplement was put in place to compensate for the fact that people living in rural areas are further away from essential services and do not have access to public transportation.
Nova Scotians who live outside of Halifax will benefit from a higher amount than city dwellers in April, which seems very fair to us, says the Liberal federal MP for Kings–Hant in Nova Scotia. Scotland, Kody Blois.
Kody Blois, MP for Kings-Hants, says that many homeowners in Atlantic Canada cannot afford a heat pump. (Archive photo)
The MP adds that approximately one million Canadians use an oil heating system. In the Atlantic, they would be around 286,000.
The majority of people still use home heating oil, even though it is two to four times more expensive. They continue to use it because they can't afford to change their heating system, he says.
Residents of New Brunswickers may wonder why the amount they receive on Monday will be lower than what they received last fall.
In October, a payment covering two quarters was paid to New Brunswickers. The amounts were $184 for a person living alone and $368 for a family of four.
This double payment is explained by the fact that New Brunswick announced its accession to the carbon pricing regime later than the other Atlantic provinces. As a result, Ottawa did not have sufficient time to prepare the July 1, 2023 reimbursement.
According to the information by Jean Laroche ofCBC