City of Regina now offering new low-income affordability programs

Some new low-income affordability programs are now being offered to eligible Regina residents.

Three new programs aim to help support low-income households with a senior or a person living with a disability.

The three programs are the Low Income Municipal Property Tax Deferral Program, the High-Efficiency Water Retrofit Program, and the Water Utility Rebate Program.

They’re designed to help eligible residents stay in their homes longer and make utility payments more affordable.

The eligibility criteria are as such:

  • The household owns the property or has its own utility account, as applicable.
  • The total before-tax income of everyone in the home age 18 and older is less than or equal to Statistics Canada’s Before-Tax Low Income Cut-Off.
  • There is at least one senior citizen or person living with a disability in the household.

The Water Utility Rebate Program allows households to receive a rebate on their monthly utility bill. The rebate is approximately $20 per month at $0.66 per day. Households with a very low income (less than or equal to half of the Before-Tax Low Income Cut-Off) may be eligible to receive a larger rebate of approximately $40 per month.

The High Efficiency Water Retrofit Program provides households with support to obtain water efficiency audits and installation of items such as a high-efficiency toilet, showerheads, and faucets to reduce water usage.

The Low Income Municipal Property Tax Deferral Program allows households to defer a portion of their municipal property taxes. Participants are permitted to defer $600, $1,200, or the incremental increase in municipal taxes from the prior year.

For more details on the programs, visit the city’s website.

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