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NEWS: Nunavut March 13, 2014 - 3:37 pm

GN announces rebate to help offset heating fuel hikes for Nunavut homeowners

Applicants must have been homeowners between January and March 2014

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Nunavut homeowners can apply for a one-time, non-taxable payment of $500 to offset this year's diesel hikes. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)
Nunavut homeowners can apply for a one-time, non-taxable payment of $500 to offset this year's diesel hikes. (PHOTO BY SARAH ROGERS)

Along with gasoline and jet fuel, the cost of home heating fuel went up across Nunavut at the start of 2014 by $0.10 per litre.

But eligible Nunavummiut homeowners can apply for a one-time, non-taxable payment of $500 to offset those costs, Nunavut’s finance minister Keith Peterson announced in the legislative assembly March 12.

Starting this week, homeowners can apply for the 2014 Homeowners’ Fuel Rebate program.

To be eligible, you must prove that you owned a home in Nunavut at some point between Jan. 1 and March 31, and show that this home was your primary residence during that period.

The Government of Nunavut’s department of finance will review application; once approved, eligible homeowners will be issued a cheque within about four weeks of their application, said a GN release.

In 2011, Nunavummiut enjoyed a drop of five cents in the price of diesel — and ten cents for gasoline — savings the GN passed on when it pre-purchased it annual supply early on in the year.

But the GN announced fuel hikes in December across the board: gasoline went up 20 cents per litre and jet fuel went up 2.5 cents per litre.

The GN said that the new rates reflect world fuel prices that continue to increase.

To apply to the GN’s homeowner fuel rebate, you can fill out a form here. The form must also be accompanied by a copy of your certificate of title, most recent property tax assessment or more recent property tax invoice.

Residents of Iqaluit, Cambridge Bay, Rankin Inlet and Igloolik can bring their applications to the local GN finance office. Otherwise, forms can be emailed to .(JavaScript must be enabled to view this email address).

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