Canada Learning Bond Canada Learning Bonds are free education savings bonds from the Government of Canada for families in a certain income bracket. In order for your child to receive the $500 Canada Learning Bond: – Your child must be born after January 1, 2004 – Your family must receive the National Child Benefit Supplement (NSBS) – Your child must have a Social Insurance Number (SIN) – You must open a Registered Education Savings Plan (RESP) at a recognized bank or financial institution Depending on continued eligibility, your child may get an annual contribution that could add up to $1500 more – to a maximum bond of $2000 for your child’s post-secondary education.
Birth Certificates If your child does not have a Social Insurance Number (SIN), you will need to have a birth certificate for the child in order to apply. To get an application form, click here.
Dental Care MSI pays for basic dental care for children up to the end of the month they turn 14. Make sure you use this coverage.
NS Heating Assistance Rebate Program (HARP) Rebates of up to $200 are available for eligible applicants who heat their home with oil, electricity, wood, propane, wood pellets, natural gas or coal. Single people with an income of $27,000 or less and households with an annual income of $42,000 or less may qualify for a rebate. In Wolfville, you can get an application form at the Wolfville Area Food Bank, by calling 1-800-670-4357 or downloading one from the website. www.HomeHeatingHelp.ca
You must apply by March 31, 2012.
Eye Exams MSI pays for eye exams once every two years for children ages 9 and under and seniors 65 and older. Check with your eye doctor to learn more.
Kings Transit (schedule here) Exact cash fare from any location: – adults: $3.50 – children 5-11: $1.75 – children under 5 ride free
Do you know how to save on the regular cost of Kings Transit tickets? SAVE with Bus passes and bulk tickets: – $19 for a sheet of 10 tickets for Seniors (60 plus)/ Students/Children 5-11 – $65 for a monthly pass for Seniors/Students/Children 5-11 – $90 for a monthly pass for Adults – $30 for 10 tickets for Adults You can purchase tickets on the bus, or at Pharmasave in Wolfville. http://www.kingstransit.ns.ca/contact.htm
Kings Point-to-Point Transit (formerly Kings Para-Transit) …not just for the disabled! It is a not for profit, user friendly service for all persons who need point to point transportation. For trips under 7 km, it is a flat $6.50, 7-11 km $8… For wheel chair clients, attendant is free. There is a onetime $10 membership charge. Call 681-2846, 24 hours in advance of your transportation needs. http://www.kingsparatransit.ca/
GST/HST Credit Generally, Canadian residents age 19 or older are eligible to receive the GST/HST credit, which is paid quaterly to eligible recipients. To apply for the GST/HST credit, you must file a personal income tax return.
If you are 18 years of age or older, you should file a tax return even if you have no income, in order to apply for the GST credit. You must be 19 to receive the credit, but if you will turn 19 before April 1 of the following year, you should apply now so that you will receive your first GST payment as soon as possible after you turn 19. Some provinces have benefits similar to the GST credit. By filing your tax return, you are applying for these benefits.