How to apply for AISH

To apply for AISH, choose the application you need and follow the steps to complete it.

AISH Application

Most applicants need to use the AISH Application to answer personal, financial and medical questions.

PDF form instructions

We recommend using Internet Explorer on a desktop computer to download and fill out this form. It may not work with mobile devices or Chrome.

Follow these steps to apply:

1. Complete the 2 AISH forms by hand or on your computer:

Forms are also available at AISH offices and can be mailed to you. You can also call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre (ASCC) at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 within Edmonton for an application.

2. Use the checklist in the AISH application to gather copies of documents you must provide.

3. Bring or mail completed forms and all documents to your nearest AISH office. Keep copies for your files.

After you apply

If you meet the residency, age and financial eligibility criteria for AISH, we’ll send you one or more medical reports for your doctor to complete – your doctor may charge you to fill out these reports

  • if you’re on Income Support, the cost to fill in these reports may be covered – contact your Income Support worker
  • If you’re not on Income Support, but need financial help – find out how to apply for other benefits while waiting for AISH
  • if you haven’t provided all the personal, financial or medical information we need to make a decision, we’ll contact you to ask for more information

AISH Application – Short Form

Use the Short Form if you have end of life care needs. This includes when:

  • you’re receiving palliative care, or
  • you have been diagnosed with a terminal illness

You may be able to use the Short Form if:

  • you’ve applied for, or are applying for, the Persons with Developmental Disabilities (PDD) program, or
  • you left the AISH program less than 2 years ago and didn’t leave because of a change in your medical condition
  • contact AISH to find out if this is the right form for you

PDF form instructions

We recommend using Internet Explorer on a desktop computer to download and fill out this form. It may not work with mobile devices or Chrome.

Follow these steps to apply using the Short Form:

1. Complete the following 2 AISH forms by hand or on your computer:

Forms are also available at AISH offices and can be mailed to you. You can also call the Alberta Supports Contact Centre (ASCC) at 1-877-644-9992 or 780-644-9992 within Edmonton for an application.

2. Use the checklist in the Short Form to gather copies of documents you must provide, and

  • If you have end of life care needs, attach a letter, note or other documents from your doctor explaining your situation
  • If AISH has asked you to complete this from for another reason, talk to AISH to find out if you need to provide medical information

3. Bring or mail completed forms and all documents to your nearest AISH office. Keep copies for your files.

After you apply

If you haven’t provided all the personal, financial or medical information we need to make a decision, we’ll contact you to ask for more information.

Application status

  • if your application is approved:
    • you’ll get a letter saying you’re approved
    • your benefits will be back-dated to the month AISH received all the complete information to approve the application
  • if your application is not approved:
    • you’ll get a letter that gives the reasons you were not approved and information on appealing an AISH decision
    • you can provide AISH with additional information showing a change in your situation
  • to find out about your application or what you can do if you’re not approved for AISH, contact your nearest AISH office

Applying for other benefits while waiting for AISH

Reopening your AISH file

  • if you leave AISH, you may have your AISH file reopened quickly if:
    • it’s been less than 2 years since you got your last AISH benefits
    • you didn’t leave AISH due to a change in your medical condition
  • contact AISH if these criteria apply to you
  • if these criteria don’t apply, you’ll need to reapply