City of Barrie introduces financial assistance program for low-income households – Barrie

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The City of Barrie has introduced a financial assistance program to help offset water and wastewater bill costs for low-income households.

The program allows those who qualify to be credited a portion of their bill.

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“Council understands that with more people working at home, learning at home and caring for people at home, water bills have become a larger part of people’s monthly costs,” Barrie Mayor Jeff Lehman said in a statement Wednesday.

“Through this new support program for low-income households, the city can give a hand to those struggling with the cost of living.”

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Program applicants must be permanent, full-time Barrie residents with a current residential water and wastewater billing account, and the application must pertain to a principal residence.

Applicants must also qualify as low-income based on the Government of Canada’s 2020 low-income cut-offs.

Supporting documentation will be required for proof of income, and applicants must re-apply each year.

The City of Barrie currently has 44,978 active water and wastewater billing accounts, 42,454 of which are residential.

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