Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH)

Financial and health benefits for eligible Albertans with a permanent medical condition that prevents them from earning a living.


Bill 5: The Act to Strengthen Financial Security for Persons with Disabilities was introduced to amend current legislation to allow persons with disabilities to be the beneficiary of a trust without affecting their eligibility for the AISH program.

If passed, the bill would:

  • exempt trusts as assets when determining eligibility for AISH
  • create a one-year grace period, upon receipt of an inheritance, insurance settlement or other lump sum payment, to establish a trust or transfer funds to another exempt asset

News: Proposed AISH Act changes allow financial security (March 19, 2018)


  • You have a medical condition that substantially limits your ability to earn a living.
  • Your medical condition is likely to remain permanent.
  • There is no medical treatment, therapy, rehabilitation or training available that will help improve your ability to earn a living.
  • You are 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 are not in a correctional facility or some mental health facilities such as Alberta Hospital Edmonton.
  • You meet financial eligibility criteria.

Find out more about eligibility

What you may get

Depending on your situation, you may get:

  • a monthly living allowance – money to pay for your living costs such as food, rent and utilities
  • a 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

Find out more about what you get

Application timeline

  • AISH reviews applications in the order they are received.
  • Applicants who are receiving end-of-life palliative care and/or have been diagnosed with a terminal illness 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.

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