This change, based on feedback from Albertans who receive AISH and Income Support payments, will give individuals more time to pay their bills and help prevent unnecessary late charges. The new payment date will begin with the March 2024 payment cycle.

“We know how important it is to alleviate financial pressures for individuals who rely on these benefits. This move aims to provide people with additional time to pay rent, manage their financial obligations and avoid incurring any unnecessary late charges.”

Jason Nixon, Minister of Seniors, Community and Social Services

All clients will receive notice to update any automatic bill payments when they receive their February 2024 direct deposit slip/cheque. This ensures that they will have the time necessary to change any automatic payments from their accounts. Clients can also find the full payment date schedule online so they can plan accordingly.

“I am pleased that the Government of Alberta has listened to Albertans who receive AISH or Income Support by changing the benefit payment date. Since 2020, payments on the first of the month created financial challenges for many Albertans. Implementing this change will greatly assist people in meeting their financial obligations.”

Greg McMeekin, Advocate for Persons with Disabilities

“This decision by the Government of Alberta is a positive and very welcome change. Reverting to the previous approach to benefit payment dates will significantly reduce the stress and trauma experienced by already vulnerable individuals. Individuals will now have funds, as well as time to resolve any payment issues, in order to pay bills that are often due on the first of the month.”

Tricia Smith, executive director, Radius Health

“This is a welcome and positive change for AISH and Income Support recipients who are working with a fixed income. I commend The Government of Alberta’s decision to adjust the date in which benefits are received and for listening to Albertans to inform that decision. This change means individuals who rely on these benefits can worry less about having their fixed income reduced by avoiding and preventing any possible late payment fees.”

Joy Bowen-Eyre, chief executive officer, The Alex Community Health Centre

Quick facts

  • About 76,000 Albertans receive AISH benefits.
  • About 50,000 Albertans receive Income Support benefits.