Employment and Social Services Launches an Air Conditioner Relief Program

Chatham-Kent Employment and Social Services is launching a temporary program to assist eligible Chatham-Kent residents with the purchase of a portable air conditioner.

Applicants will be eligible to receive up to $300.00 per household to purchase a new, energy-star-certified air conditioner if they do not currently have a working air conditioner. 

Applicants will be income tested and must fall below Statistics Canada low-income threshold for their household size to qualify. 

Applicants will be asked to verify their income and provide proof of enrolment in the

Ontario Electricity Support Program, or willing to complete an application for the Ontario

Electricity Support Program if paying hydro costs.

“In past summers, public libraries and recreational facilities have been open as cooling centres. However, because of the pandemic, cooling options for some residents are limited. This temporary program will help low-income and vulnerable residents find some relief from the heat.” said Polly Smith, Director with Chatham-Kent Employment & Social Services.

“We are fortunate to have funding from our Entegrus dividends that will help us provide assistance to approximately 200 residents,” added Smith.

Interested residents can apply by calling Chatham-Kent Employment and Social Services at 519-351-8573. 

When heat warnings are issued, you should take extra precautions to protect yourself and your loved ones from heat-related health risks. If you are unable to find an air-conditioned spot close by where you can cool off for a few hours, consider these other tips:

  • Wear a wide-brimmed hat and lightweight, loose-fitting clothing
  • Take a cool bath or shower
  • Limit outdoor activities to the coolest part of the day

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