Ontario has granted air conditioning subsidies to more a half million people who have low incomes, according to a government release.
More than 4,500 people in the province received grants in 2017.
The air conditioning grants, which were available to people aged 65 and over, were allocated in the form of a lump sum payment and the payments were subject to the income thresholds.
“Ontario is committed to supporting people and families that are working hard to get back on their feet,” said Health Minister Deb Matthews.
About 20,000 people have received the air conditioning payments and the provincial government will make sure people receive additional payments.
People who have applied for air conditioning are required to pay a $150 registration fee.
The grants have been available to families for more than 20 years.
The Ontario government has spent $8.6 billion since 2011 to help Ontario households, businesses and individuals.
The air conditioners have a range of features, including heating, cooling, air conditioning and lighting.
They can be installed in residential buildings and offices and are often used to heat and cool buildings or provide lighting to workplaces.
They are also used to provide air conditioning in vehicles and some offices.
The government has increased the supply of air conditioning devices in Ontario, which has helped people cope with colder weather.