Financial Help

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On this page: Financial Empowerment | Navigating Benefits | Workshops & Resources | Free Tax Filing

Financial Empowerment

There are many programs out there to help reduce costs, but it can feel overwhelming to navigate what’s available, and who’s eligible. Our staff are trained in comprehensive benefits screening to help people identify, and apply for, programs for which they may qualify.

We can help you:

  • Complete and understand forms
  • Set a budget
  • File your taxes in order to receive benefits such as Trillium and the GST rebate
  • Work through the impact of CERB/CRB on your tax return
  • Increase your financial literacy
  • Access life stabilization supports, such as …
  • Apply for help with rent arrears through Ontario’s Homelessness Prevention Program (HPP)
  • Deal with bills and accounts that are past due
  • Access health and dental programs
  • Apply for student loans and other benefits
  • Connect with community services

Navigating Benefits

Our staff can help you determine your eligibility, and help you apply, for:

  • Ontario Electricity Support Program (OESP)
  • Low-income Energy Assistance Program (LEAP)
  • Municipal Property Tax Credit
  • Ontario Disability Support Program (ODSP)
  • Employment Insurance (EI)
  • Ontario Student Assistance Program (OSAP)

Applying for energy-assistance programs can really pay off! In 2021, with support from staff, 13 applicants for LEAP accessed more than $6,500 in energy assistance. As well, 59 applicants for OESP achieved savings on their electrical bill totaling more than $75,000 over a two-year period. Contact us today to explore your options!

Informed and Empowered

Check out the free workshops from our financial empowerment team! Past workshops include:

  • Managing Expenses and Debt
  • Managing Savings
  • Scams and Fraud
  • Smart Finances
  • Build Your Knowledge at the Right Time
  • Supported Self-Filing for Taxes

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Prince Edward – Lennox & Addington Social Services maintains several community resource guides, which you may find helpful:

Free Tax Filing

Each spring we offer free, volunteer-run tax clinics for Prince Edward County residents with modest incomes who are not self-employed. PELC tax clinics are part of the Community Volunteer Income Tax Program, funded by the Canada Revenue Agency and United Way Hastings & Prince Edward. Our staff and volunteers can also coach you through filing your own tax return, and help identify benefits and programs you may be eligible for.

Visit our Free Tax Clinics page for more details.

PELC helped us search for benefits we could apply for. Even when we weren’t eligible for a program, they kept looking for ways to help. We were happy to get some money back with our tax return — that made a difference!

PRINCE EDWARD LEARNING CENTRE
Our Door is Open! Your Future is Bright!
97 Main Street, Unit 10 Rexall Plaza, Picton, ON K0K 2T0
(613) 476-1811
Open 9am to 4pm, Monday to Thursday + 9am to noon Friday

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