Emergency Repair Program

This program provides funding for homeowners and residents in rural areas in need of emergency repairs to continue to safely live in their homes. A significant portion of the program funding is for Canadian Aboriginal people.

Am I Eligible?

You may be eligible for this program if:

  • You live in a rural area (communities of less than 2,500 and larger communities over 2,500 that do not have a defined core area)
  • Your house requires emergency repairs so that you can continue to live in it safely
  • Your total household income is below the established income limit, which varies depending on household size and the area you live in


The Emergency Repair Program helps homeowners in rural areas pay for emergency repairs so they can continue to safely live in their homes.

What Repairs are Covered?

Only certain repairs are considered to be emergency repairs. This includes repairs to:

  • Heating systems
  • Chimneys
  • Doors and windows
  • Foundations
  • Roofs, walls, floors and ceilings
  • Vents, louvres
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical systems

These repairs are not required to bring houses up to minimum standards.

What’s the Funding For?

Program funds are for purchasing materials and contracted labour costs.

How Much is Available?

The maximum amount of funding available is a $6,000 forgivable loan. The amount you receive depends on the total cost of the repairs.

Get Started

Contact Housing Nova Scotia, one of our staff members will be happy to help.  You can call us toll-free at 1-844-424-5110