June 28, 2023: Nova Scotians impacted by the recent wildfires in Halifax Regional Municipality and Shelburne County can now apply for the Emergency Relief Grant for Individuals. This grant aims to provide short-term financial assistance to individuals who have experienced a loss of income due to the wildfires. The government of Nova Scotia has recognized the challenges residents face during this difficult time and is taking steps to address their needs.
According to Premier Tim Houston, the grant is specifically designed to alleviate some of the financial stress faced by Nova Scotians affected by the wildfires. The amount of the grant, either $275 or $550 per week, depends on the extent of the income loss experienced.
To be eligible for the grant, individuals must meet specific criteria. This includes being employed or self-employed and not receiving Employment Insurance (EI). Those in an EI waiting period or who could not attend work resulting in an interruption of income may also qualify. Additionally, residents living or working in a mandatory wildfire evacuation area or those affected by business disruptions caused by the recent wildfires are eligible. Self-employed individuals who cannot operate their businesses temporarily or permanently due to the wildfires may also qualify for the grant. Volunteer firefighters who actively participated in fighting the Barrington Lake complex or Tantallon wildfires and were unable to access paid voluntary leave from their employers are also eligible.
The application process and eligibility information for the Emergency Relief Grant for Individuals can be found on the Nova Scotia government’s website. Individuals with questions regarding the grant or the application process can contact an Employment Nova Scotia office at 1-877-223-0888.
The government of Nova Scotia is committed to supporting its residents during these challenging times. By providing the Emergency Relief Grant for Individuals, they aim to fill the gaps in existing support programs and reduce the financial burden faced by Nova Scotians affected by the wildfires. This grant will enable individuals to focus on recovery and rebuilding their lives.