Senior Home Heating Subsidy

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The Senior Home Heating Subsidy assists low-to-modest income seniors in the NWT with their heating costs. Remember to budget for your heating costs. Seniors are responsible for heating costs above the subsidy level.

Available Funding

Eligible seniors will receive a monthly amount from September through April that is dependent on the community that they live in. Unused portions of the monthly allotments can be carried forward to the following month. The breakdown of zones, income thresholds and subsidy amounts are below:


Applications for the 2023-2024 heating season (September 2023 – April 2024) can be submitted anytime between April 1, 2023 and March 15, 2024. ECE will update this page when the next application period opens.


This program is intended for Northerners who:

  • Are residents of the Northwest Territories
  • Are 60 years of age or older
  • Own and occupy the home as their primary residence or, if renting, be the lessee of a self-contained unit where heating costs are not included in the rent 
  • Meet the household income threshold
  • Are not receiving Income Assistance
  • Apply each year

How to Apply

To apply, a Senior Home Heating Subsidy Application must be completed during the application period noted above. Proof of age, total household income, homeownership or rental accommodation must be provided to a local ECE Service Centre.

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