Depending on your needs, ability to work and size of your family, you may get money for:
- basic expenses like food, clothing and shelter
- special diets
- utility connection fees
- work-related expenses
- unexpected emergencies
- costs to leave family violence
- school expenses for children
The Financial Benefits Summary (PDF, 228 KB) provides a more detailed breakdown of available Income Support benefits.
Income Support recipients also receive health benefits along with:
Health benefits include diabetes supplies (Read the Coverage Maximums for Diabetes Supplies fact sheet (PDF, 76 KB) and Continuous Glucose Monitors (PDF, 35 KB)).
Working while receiving income support
Income Support recipients are encouraged and supported to work. You keep all of your wages and only a portion of your earnings are taken into account when calculating your Income Support benefits.
Income supports payment dates
The monthly payment for Assured Income for the Severely Handicapped (AISH) and Income Support (IS) occurs on the first of the month. When the first of the month is a holiday or weekend, benefits will be paid on the last business day of the previous month.
Contact your caseworker for all related Income Support questions.
If you do not know how to reach your caseworker, contact your local Alberta Supports Centre.
Alberta Supports Contact Centre
Connect with the main Alberta Supports Contact Centre:
24-hour Emergency Income Support Contact Centre
Get emergency financial assistance to help with basic needs like shelter, food, clothing and transportation.
You can now apply online to the Income Support Contact Centre to receive emergency food benefits via Interac e-Transfer. Once you have provided the required information, you will be asked to call the Income Support Contact Centre to confirm your eligibility.
Apply at MyAlberta Emergency Benefits to start the online application process.
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