Sliding Scale Program

In January of 2021 New Dawn Meals on Wheels transitioned from a flat-fee rate with a subsidy fund, to a sliding scale program. Meals will now be billed at $5, $7, $10 or $12, dependent on client income. Clients who would have previously accessed the New Dawn Meals on Wheels subsidy fund, will still be able to to do so. For clients in higher income brackets, meal prices will be closer to their actual production cost. This is a necessary change, brought on by rising production costs.

Eligibility is based on yearly household income:

At or below $25,000: $5 per meal
$25,001 – $40,000: $7 per meal
$40,001 – $50,000: $10 per meal
$50,001+ OR 3rd Party Organizations: $12 per meal

  • Meal prices on the first three levels of the sliding scale are subsidized in degrees.
  • If a client’s meals are being paid for by a family member and the family member’s yearly household income falls within the first three levels of the sliding scale, they may also qualify for meal subsidies.
  • Clients who receive funding for their meals from 3rd party organization, are NOT eligible for the subsidized levels of the sliding scale.

How does it work?

Clients interested in applying to the Meals on Wheels program must submit a copy of their CRA Income Tax Notice of Assessment Form to the New Dawn Meals on Wheels office.

New Dawn Meals on Wheels will use line 150 from the Tax Assessment Form to determine the client’s level on the sliding scale.

For more information on how to apply, see our Sliding Scale Policy

Contact Info

If you have any questions about the Sliding Scale program or would like to arrange to submit your CRA Income Tax Assessment Form, please contact:

Kathleen Whelan
Coordinator, New Dawn Meals on Wheels
[email protected]

170 George Street,
Sydney NS B1P 1J2
902-562-1245