AISH eligibility overview

  • you have a disability that substantially limits your ability to earn a living
  • your disability is likely to remain permanent
  • there’s no training, rehabilitation or medical treatment that will help you to work enough to earn a living
  • you’re at least 18 years old and not eligible to receive an Old Age Security pension
  • you live in Alberta and are a Canadian citizen or permanent resident
  • you aren’t in a correctional facility or some mental health facilities such as Alberta Hospital Edmonton
  • you meet financial eligibility criteria

Eligibility information

Overview of what you may get

  • monthly living allowance – money to pay for your living costs such as food, rent and utilities
  • monthly child benefit – money to assist you with raising your dependent children
  • health benefits – assistance to cover health needs for you, your spouse or partner and your dependent children
  • personal benefits – money over and above your monthly living allowance for specific needs such as a special diet or assistance in an emergency

What you get

Application timeline

  • AISH reviews applications in the order they’re received
  • applicants who are palliative are prioritized
  • application processing times vary depending on the number of applications AISH receives from Albertans and how quickly we get all the financial and medical information we need for each person’s application

How to apply