Heating & Utilities Funding
Need assistance with utilities?
Is your heat or power at risk of being turned off?
1000 Islands Credit Counselling might be able to help you access one of their programs designed to help people in need of assistance with utilities.
The LEAP Program is designed for customers of Enbridge Gas, Hydro One, Rideau-St. Lawrence Distribution, Union Gas, and Eastern Ontario Power. In order to qualify for one grant per calendar year, a household must have a Enbridge Gas, Hydro One, Rideau-St. Lawrence Distribution, Union Gas, and Eastern Ontario Power bill currently in arrears or have recently received a disconnection notice. A household must also be experience personal circumstances which make it difficult or impossible to pay the current bill.
The Help for Heat Program is funded through the United Way Greater Simcoe County and is intended to provide emergency relief to eligible low-income applicants using alternative heating sources such as wood, wood pellets, oil or propane. This grant initiative is intended to prevent families and individuals from falling into homelessness and addressing urgent needs. 1000 Islands Credit Counselling Service has over 10 years’ experience in delivering emergency financial assistance programs. This program assists people in the United Counties of Leeds and Grenville with alternate sources of heating and has now expanded the assistance to include water areas.
The Energy and Utilities Fund – contract by United Counties of Leeds and Grenville to assist low-income households and people at risk of homelessness within Leeds and Grenville due to energy/utility arrears maintain their housing. Please note that extenuating circumstances may be considered for people who do not meet the income/eligibility criteria. This fund can be accessed once within a 24 month period.