More than 49,000 New Brunswickers applied for help with their heating bills last year. (CBC)

Low-income New Brunswickers will soon be able to apply for the provincial government's home-heating rebate program.

Application forms will be available on Jan. 3, the government announced on Friday.

Under the Home Energy Assistance Program, families with a total income of $28,000 or less in 2011 qualify for a $100 benefit.

"For New Brunswick families that need help paying their heating bills, this funding can be a critical safety net that allows them to keep their homes warm, safe and comfortable," Social Development Minister Madeleine Dubé stated in a release.

Residents who are interested in applying can visit the Department of Finance or Service New Brunswick websites, pick up a form at SNB outlets, or call 1-800-669-7070.

Rebates will be issued within four weeks of receiving an application, officials said.

Last year, the provincial government committed to extending the program for five years.

More than 49,000 residents applied in 2012, according to Finance Minister Blaine Higgs.