New Brunswick. Social Development

Emergency Fuel Benefit

Contact Information
Office Phone 866-444-8838
Toll Free Phone (866) 444-8838
Fax (506) 444-5158
Primary Contact Kelly Barker, Administrative Support; Phone: (506) 453-5387; Email:
Description & Services
Description of service(s) Emergency Fuel Benefit may be provided on a case-by-case basis to a client or applicant who is experiencing a winter hardship/emergency situation as it relates to winter heating costs. 
An emergency fuel benefit of up to $550 per calendar year may be provided to eligible New Brunswick households whether or not they are receiving social assistance. This benefit is provided to eligible applicants regardless of what type of heating they use.  
Examples of an emergency situation include:  
• a high heating bill due to the cold, which means that you are not able to pay your rent or mortgage;  
• having to choose between feeding your family and paying your winter heating bill; or  
• an illness resulting in unexpected high medical costs, which have made it hard to pay your heating bill.  
For the purpose of assessing need for the emergency fuel benefit, the department will assess all household expenses, but remove the requirement that assets be depleted in order to qualify for assistance.  
The asset exemption will ensure that items such as investments (RSPs, GICs etc.), life insurance cash value, etc. are not considered in determining if the household is in need of an emergency fuel benefit, and cash-in-hand and bank accounts will only be considered if they exceed $2,000. This will allow people to seek assistance for a present-day emergency without sacrificing savings for the future.  
All New Brunswick households who find themselves in an emergency situation may apply for the emergency fuel benefit, because eligibility will be assessed on the basis of whether or not a household is in deficit, based on income and expenses. A benefit of up to $550 per calendar year could be provided, depending on the size of the household deficit. 
Are you in an emergency situation? Contact the Department of Social Development office in your region for more information. 
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Areas Served Fredericton ; New Brunswick
Application N/A
Languages English ; French
Location information
Located In Community Fredericton
Address & Map
460 Two Nations Crossing
Fredericton, NB E3A 0X9
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Other Details
Service Level (30) Provincial Government
Service Categories Utility Assistance

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