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Federal benefits

The Government of Canada’s Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) program has ended. Additional federal recovery benefits are available, including the Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB).

  • Find more information on federal recovery benefits and the end of CERB.

The CRB is exempt for current AISH and Income Support clients until March 31.

Starting April 1, both AISH and Income Support will revert to standard practice for these federal payments and treat them as non-exempt income. This means CRB payments will be deducted dollar-for-dollar from provincial benefits.

Contact your caseworker to discuss how federal COVID-19 recovery payments may affect your provincial benefits.

The Government of Canada also provided a special one-time, tax-free payment to eligible people with disabilities. The payment is considered exempt under AISH policy. This means the federal payment will not affect provincial benefits.

Additional support

The Alberta government is committed to supporting the province’s most vulnerable people impacted by COVID-19, including individuals and families who receive social assistance.

If you need additional support, please contact your AISH or Income Support caseworker or Alberta Supports.

If you are looking to get back to work, Alberta Supports can help you create a plan, explore career and training options and search for jobs.


For more information or to discuss additional supports, call your AISH or Income Support caseworker, or the Alberta Supports Contact Centre at 1-877-644-9992.