Your individual situation will be assessed to determine whether you are eligible for AISH. The following list is a general guideline of the AISH eligibility criteria:
- You must have a severe handicap that is permanent and substantially limits your ability to earn a living. Your disability must be the main factor, not your age, lack of education or available jobs. There must not be training, rehabilitation or medical treatment that would materially improve your condition.
- Your income and the income of your cohabiting partner must not exceed the limits allowed under the program.
- Your assets and the assets of your cohabiting partner must not exceed the limits allowed under the program.
- You must be 18 years old or older and not eligible to receive an Old Age Security pension.
- You must be a permanent resident of Alberta.
- You must not be residing in an institution (e.g. a correctional centre or a psychiatric hospital).
- You must apply for all other income benefits you are eligible for (e.g. Canada Pension Plan disability benefits
AISH provides a maximum monthly living allowance of $1,588. Normally, the living allowance is issued at the end of the month for the following month. The living allowance may be reduced if a client and their cohabiting partner receive non-exempt income, or if a client resides in an Alberta government group home. AISH clients on direct deposit receive payments on the dates below. Payments are mailed to AISH clients who receive cheques one day before these dates.
2015 Direct Deposit Schedule of Payments:
December 19 (early payment due to Statutory Holiday)
An AISH application form can be accessed at the following: