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Nova Scotia opens applicatio­ns for Fiona damage relief


Nova Scotia has launched a new website where residents can apply for financial help in the aftermath of posttropic­al storm Fiona.

Nova Scotians can apply for the assistance online at hurricane-fiona-support/. The funding provides $100 for every household that lost power for at least 48 hours to help cover the cost of spoiled food, up to $250 for people who have to pay for tree removal and up to $1,000 for people who had to leave their home and cannot return.

The government has also added an additional $250 to the senior care grant to help with storm repairs.

Everyone eligible who applies for the grant will receive the extra funding and those who have already received funding will receive an additional $250 automatica­lly.

All current income assistance households, including Disability Support Program participan­ts receiving income assistance, will automatica­lly receive $150 in support.

Those individual­s can also still apply for other types of support.

Applicatio­ns to the Disaster Financial Assistance Program, which covers up to $200,000 in uninsurabl­e losses per eligible household, small business and not-forprofit organizati­on, are available on the website.

Nova Scotians without power can visit their municipal or MLA offices, Access Nova Scotia centres or their local library for help applying online.

Paper applicatio­ns will be available at MLA offices soon, provincial officials said.

People with questions about the funding can also call a new toll-free informatio­n line at 1-888-428-2256, available Monday to Friday, from 8:30 a.m. to 7 p.m. and on weekends from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.

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