What you get with AISH

Coverage may include financial and health benefits for you, your spouse or partner and your children.

Living allowance

Standard living allowance

  • for those who rent or own a home, apartment or condo; live with family or friends; live in a private group home; or are homeless
  • the amount you get depends on any other income that you or your spouse or partner may have
  • maximum of $1,588 per month

Modified living allowance

  • for those who live in an approved nursing home, auxiliary hospital or designated supportive living facility (DSL), see Health's health facility list to find out which ones are approved
  • the amount you get may depend on other income you, or your spouse or partner, may have
  • benefits include a personal needs amount up to $315 per month and an accommodation rate:
    • private room rate of $1,992 per month for:
      • nursing homes
      • auxiliary or active treatment hospitals when a daily rate is charged
      • approved DSL facilities
    • standard room rate of $1,636 per month for approved DSL units in lodges
  • speak with your AISH worker to find out if your facility is approved for Modified AISH

Child benefit

  • $100 per month for each dependent child
  • to be eligible you must have no more than $3,000 in non-exempt assets such as cash, investments, bonds or be in a financial hardship situation

Health benefits

  • for those who don’t have coverage through other government programs
  • may cover health benefits for you, and your spouse or partner and dependent children
  • you receive an AISH Health Benefits Card to show to pharmacists, dentists and other health-service providers to get:

Prescription drugs


  • check-ups
  • cleaning teeth
  • x-rays
  • fillings
  • removing teeth
  • dentures
  • other dental services
  • ask your dentist, denturist or dental hygienist for more details about AISH’s basic dental coverage


  • one eye exam every 2 years for adults, children’s eye exams are covered under Alberta Health Care
  • one pair of glasses every 2 years for adults and every year for dependent children
  • talk to your optician or ophthalmologist to get the current approved costs for glasses and adult eye exams

Diabetic supplies

  • test strips
  • lancing devices
  • glucose calibration solution
  • infusion sets (tubing and needle)
  • insulin cartridges / reservoirs
  • insulin pen needles
  • insulin syringes

Emergency ambulance

  • ambulance trips to the closest emergency room

Alberta Aids to Daily Living (AADL)

  • the amount you have to pay for AADL-approved items is waived

Other things to know about health benefits

  • if you need a drug or service the card doesn’t cover, or you’re denied health benefits you requested, talk to your AISH worker about how to request it through the Health Benefits Exception process
  • coverage for AISH health benefits are not provided outside Alberta – talk with your AISH worker at least one week before you leave on a trip to find out how to get what you need

Personal benefits

  • benefit expenses for specific needs over and above your monthly living allowance
  • may be covered for you and your dependent children
  • some personal benefits may need to be repaid
  • to be eligible, you must
    • have no more than $3,000 in non-exempt assets such as cash, investments and bonds, or be in a financial hardship situation
    • demonstrate a need for the benefit
    • not be eligible under any other program or source, and
    • meet the specific requirements for each personal benefit
  • talk to your AISH worker to find out more about AISH personal benefits, including:

Health-related personal benefits

  • addictions treatment
  • equipment maintenance for wheelchairs and scooters
  • health services such as acupuncture, chiropractic, massage therapy and physiotherapy
  • medical alert service
  • medical equipment not available through the AADL program or other sources such as private insurance or temporary equipment loan programs; equipment may include:
    • arch supports and foot orthotics
    • blood pressure monitor
    • breast pump
    • canes and crutches
    • continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) device and supplies
    • hearing aid batteries
    • heating pad
    • hip kit
    • intravenous (IV) pole
    • microspirometer purchased through Alberta Health Services Transplant program
    • nebulizer and supplies
    • oxygen soft goods
    • seasonal affective disorder (SAD) light
    • splints and braces
    • therapeutic pessary
    • thermometer
    • transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) machine and supplies
    • weigh scale
  • medical supplies not available from the AADL program or other sources such as private insurance, home care or wound clinics
  • specialized clothing adapted for a disability
  • special diets

Other personal benefits

  • children’s benefits for help with infant and child care or children’s education
  • emergency benefits to help deal with an emergency situation beyond your control
  • escaping abuse benefits to help move and set up a new home
  • employment and training expenses
  • funeral benefits
  • moving benefits to set up a new home
  • travel benefits for health-related services, court attendance and training
  • food and routine veterinary services for an approved service animal

Other things to know about personal benefits

  • if you need assistance with an expense not normally covered by AISH, talk to your AISH worker about requesting additional personal benefits