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COVID-19 Financial Relief

There are a number of initiatives being taken by levels of government and various organizations to offset the financial impact on residents, small- and large-scale businesses, and non-profit organizations caused by COVID-19. We will do our best to post them all on this page.

Municipal Initiatives

The structure of funding programs will develop further in the coming days and will be posted here and on our social media platforms.

For individuals

  • The distribution of interim tax bills will be delayed one month
  • The deadline to apply for a low income tax exemption is extended until June 30, 2020.
  • The low income tax exemption budget will double for 2020/21 with increases to both income thresholds and rebate amounts
  • A municipal-administered Facebook group connecting people in need with those willing to help found at https://www.facebook.com/groups/LeanOnMeMOC/

For non-profit groups

  • A one-time emergency grant will be established to non-profit organizations with facilities that are negatively impacted by COVID-19 up to $1000/month to a maximum of $5000 per organization
  • Council Grants will increase to $50,000

For businesses

  • Currently exploring opportunities to alleviate some finanacial stress for the small-business sector

Federal Government Initiatives

For individuals

Third Party Initiatives

For individuals

  • If you are worried about paying your bills during this time of closures and self-isolation, there is a contact list for banks, phone providors and NS Power. NSP will not cut people off and most cell phone providers are offering 90 days of flexibility and suspending data overage fees. Please contact your provider.
    • Nova Scotia Power: 1-800-428-6230
    • Heritage Gas: 902-466-2003
    • BMO: 1-877-788-1923
    • CIBC: 1-877-454-9030
    • National Bank of Canada: 1-888-835-6281
    • RBC: 1-800-769-2511
    • Scotiabank: 1-800-472-6842
    • TD Bank: 1-888-720-0075
    • HSBC: 1-888-310-4722
    • Bell Aliant: 1-888-214-7896
    • Eastlink: 1-888-345-1111
    • Telus: 1-866-558-2273

For businesses

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