The Ministry of Social Development and Poverty Reduction may provide a utility security deposit to or for a family unit that is eligible for income assistance, hardship assistance, or disability assistance if all of the following conditions are met:
- The utility security deposit is necessary to enable the family unit to get the services of the electricity or natural gas utility.
- The recipient agrees to repay the amount paid, and
- The utility security deposit is the minimum amount required by the utility provider to get utility services.
To apply for the utility security deposit, meet with your Employment and Assistance Worker (EAW) who will review your eligibility and process your request.
If you are deemed ineligible for the utility security deposit, your EAW will explain the reason(s) for this and clearly explain the options available, including information on the reconsideration process.