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Nova Scotia COVID Relief Fund
The Nova Scotia COVID Relief (NSCR) Fund was established by the Government of Nova Scotia from the Federal Safe Restart Agreement in April 2021. The $3.5 million fund supports low-income Nova Scotians who are struggling to pay their home heating or electric bill as a result of income loss due to the COVID-19 pandemic. This program is administered by The Salvation Army.
The Fund provides one-time assistance to help Nova Scotians with their home heating costs or electricity bills. Each household may be eligible for up to $400 in support.
You may apply if you live in Nova Scotia and meet the following criteria
You have an overdue amount owing on your heating or electric bill
Your household has been impacted financially due to COVID-19
You live within the following low-income thresholds;
$29,000 for one-person households,
$47,703 for two to four person households,
$67,937 for households of five or more individuals
*Note: If you have applied or received assistance from the HEAT Fund, you are still eligible to receive assistance from the NSCR Fund.
A Heavy Garbage Collection Program will be carried out in Richmond County from May 3 to May 29, 2021. Please note that this is the only collection scheduled for 2021. Please do not place waste curbside more than a week before the scheduled collection.
|ITEMS ACCEPTED FOR COLLECTION|
(includes but not limited to)
|UNACCEPTABLE ITEMS NOT FOR COLLECTION|
(includes but not limited to)
• Walk behind lawn mowers;
• Waste placed in non-transparent bags;
Please direct any inquiries regarding the Municipality’s heavy collection to the Public Works Department at 902-226-2396 or the Richmond Solid Waste Management Facility at 902-226-2400.
A Heavy Garbage Collection Program will be carried out in Richmond County from May 3 to May 29, 2021. Waste should be placed curbside by 8am on Monday of the scheduled collection week for the area; items placed at the curb after collection has started in the area may not be collected.
Week 1 (May 3 – May 8)
Week 2 (May 10 - 15)
Week 3 (May 17 - 22)
Week 4 (May 24 - 29)
Richmond County is looking for a vounteer to join the Provincial Policy Advisory Board. Mileage will be paid. If you or someone you know is interested please click here to apply: https://novascotia.ca/apps/abc/BoardProfile.aspx then scroll down and choose Police (RCMP) Advisory Boards (30)
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 2021
Landlords in Richmond County Invited to Connect on Housing Issues Richmond County, NS - The Strait Richmond Housing Matters Coalition is inviting a landlord representative from Richmond County to participate in addressing housing challenges and opportunities by becoming a coalition member. The Coalition represents several sectors of our communities including government, health, community services, victims of family violence, seniors, persons with disabilities, and community advocates.
New Co-Chair of the Housing Coalition, Warden Amanda Mombourquette, noted that “landlords will bring a valuable private-sector perspective to this group that ensures our actions support innovative solutions to the housing challenges faced in our rural communities. As members of the Coalition, the new landlord representative will be actively involved in the Coalition’s decision-making processes.” Warden Mombourquette and Celeste Gotell were welcomed as co-chairs of the group in February 2021.
Mombourquette further thanked Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton for her previous leadership as Chair of the group, stating “the Coalition has made significant progress building relationships among service providers and that success is in large part due to the Mayor’s commitment to improving housing options for some of our most vulnerable citizens.
” To express your interest in joining the coalition, fill out this short questionnaire at: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/srcoalition
The deadline for submitting your expression of interest is April 20, 2021.
The Coalition is committed to advancing our vision of ensuring that inclusive, healthy, affordable, sustainable, and accessible housing is available in Strait Richmond communities. This is an opportunity for a local landlord to support that vision and improve the housing challenges across the region.
The Strait Richmond Housing Matters Coalition began in December 2018 after a concerned group of citizens interested in housing came together following the October 2018 Community Think Tank – Housing Matters. The Coalition is comprised of individuals and members of organizations that represent a wide spectrum of housing related issues including, community health and social service organizations and municipal representatives. Our vision is inclusive, healthy, affordable, sustainable, and accessible housing is available in Strait Richmond communities.
Media Contact:Amanda Mombourquette
Chair, Strait Richmond Housing Matters Coalition
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 19, 202
1Richmond County and the Town of Port Hawkesbury have reached a 10-year deal for Fire Protection in Point Tupper. This is an historic moment for the region that recognizes the mutually beneficial relationship between the two municipalities, and the people and industries located in Point Tupper.
Both councils investigated a wide variety of options, consulted with industry partners, and consulted with other municipalities across the province to learn from potential best practices. This was invaluable research to the process, but the reality is that the situation in Point Tupper is unique given the existing highway connections, the geographical locations of departments in both Port Hawkesbury and Richmond, and the mix of industrial, commercial, and residential customers.
The deal includes a $60,000 per year fee that includes an incremental yearly escalation over the 10 years of the agreement. “I believe both Richmond County Council and Port Hawkesbury Town Council worked diligently to determine a fair and easily auditable service agreement for the benefit of all stakeholders and citizens in both of our municipalities,” said Mayor Brenda Chisholm-Beaton. “Successful negotiations were both the result of open and positive communications with our Councils and Senior staff; and additionally, this positive outcome could not have been possible without the support of the Port Hawkesbury Volunteer Fire Department to provide this essential fire protection service to Point Tupper Industries, businesses and citizens,” she explained.
Warden Amanda Mombourquette noted, “The goal for both parties was to find a fair solution that prioritizes the safety of businesses and residents in Point Tupper, that promotes business growth and development, and that will be financially sustainable now and in the future. The Louisdale Volunteer Fire Department stepped up to provide fire protection to Point Tupper in the past, and we’re deeply grateful for their service. Going forward, we’re very pleased to have been able to find a solution that works for all parties beginning on April 1st and continuing for the next decade.”Point Tupper industries have a positive impact on the entire quad-county region, and the province as a whole; all parties felt a responsibility to protect and promote those assets. The Point Tupper Heavy Industrial Park is a high value location for new business development and for the expansion and diversification of existing businesses.
Both councils also recognize that the relationship between the Town and Richmond is an important one. This new deal reaffirms their commitment to continue to collaborate on additional initiatives such as Cape Breton South Recruiting for Health to attract healthcare professionals to the region, Strait of Canso development, the Strait-Richmond Housing Coalition, and a variety of other activities that are focused on improving our economy and quality of life.
Check the mail for your 2021 Assessment Notice
Your 2021 property assessment is now available at www.pvsc.ca. Login with the AAN and PIN on this year’s Assessment Notice