AISH terms and definitions

Common terms used by the AISH program.

List of terms

Dependent child
A child who is dependent on you for support and:
  • is under 18 and living with you, or
  • is under 20, living with you and going to high school, and
  • doesn’t have a spouse or partner
Designated supportive living facility
There are spaces in some facilities that are approved by AISH as a designated supportive living (DSL) unit that meet an AISH applicant or client’s care needs. Contact the AISH program to find out if a facility is approved for AISH clients.
Financial hardship
If you’re unable to arrange your circumstances and financial affairs to meet your basic needs, and those of your spouse or partner and dependent child.
Personal representative
A person who is appointed to receive and administer your AISH benefits when you need help making financial decisions. This person has the same responsibility to tell AISH about any changes in your household, financial or medical situation. A personal representative may include:
  • an informal trustee appointed by AISH, called a financial administrator; this person may be appointed with or without your consent when you:
    • are unable to make decisions in a way that meets your basic needs, or you
    • have a pattern of using your benefits in a way that puts your health at risk, such as not buying food and necessities or not paying rent and getting evicted
  • a trustee who is appointed by the Court under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act
  • an adult who is appointed by you to manage your benefits under a Power of Attorney
Sponsored immigrant
A person who is not a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who has:
  • an approved sponsor who is a Canadian citizen or permanent resident who is 18 years or older and legally supports the person, who is a family member, to become a permanent resident of Canada
  • applied for permanent residence under the federal Family Class immigration category
Spouse or partner
  • called a cohabiting partner in AISH legislation and policy
  • refers to a relationship where two people are living together and:
    • married
    • share each other’s lives, are emotionally committed and function as an economic and domestic unit
    • have a natural or adopted child together, or
    • are in one of the relationship types listed above, depend on each other financially, but are not living together – for example, one partner may be in a nursing home